It’s normal to forget your WiFi password because you just need to input it once on your PC and it will connect to it automatically when the network is nearby.

I use strong passwords for my WiFi (as you should) and frequently forget them, but happily, Windows 10 makes it simple to view network passwords when needed.

If you can’t remember your WiFi password and need to provide it to someone or use it on another device, you may view it directly inside your Windows computer.

Today, I’ll teach you several methods for viewing the WiFi password. Depending on your preferences and how much access you have to the PC settings if you are not the administrator, each method is useful.

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#1. View WiFi password via Windows settings Because I am the administrator of my PC and have no constraints, this is my preferred way for locating the WiFi password.

Here’s how it’s done:

From the Start menu, select Settings, then Network & Internet.

Internet and network
Scroll down and click on Network and Sharing Center in the Status column.

Center for Network and Sharing
Now, in the View your active networks section, click on your WiFi name.

Choose your WiFi.
When the WiFi Status window appears, select Wireless Properties.

Wireless Characteristics
Then, under the Security page, select the box next to Show characters to view your WiFi password.

#2 Display WiFi Password on Windows 10. View the WiFi password from the control panel.
Although the procedure described above is effective, what if you are unable to enter Windows 10 settings at all?

Perhaps you prefer a quicker technique and don’t mind remembering a minor instruction. You can, however, use the Run command to directly access your WiFi network settings. This method should work as long as you have access to your network settings.

By clicking the Windows+R keys, you can open the Run dialog, type ncpa.cpl in the text field, and then click OK.

ncpa.cpl Execute Command
This command will open your network connection immediately in the control panel—right-click on your WiFi network here and choose Status from the context menu.

WiFi Connectivity
In the WiFi Status window, select Wireless Properties.

Wireless Characteristics
To disclose your WiFi password, go to the Security page and then select Show characters.

#3. Display WiFi Password on Windows 10. Make use of a Power Shell command.
In the Power Shell, you can use a Network Shell (Netsh) command to access a variety of facts about your network, including its password.

You may also use this method to view the passwords for all prior networks to which your PC has joined. For example, if you wish to know your workplace network password while at home, you can do it without connecting to the office network. This will not function if you have chosen the Forget option to forget the details of a network.

To use the netsh command, you must first know the name (SSID) of the WiFi network. This isn’t a problem if you’re already connected to the network because you can see the name, but it will be a problem if you need to see the password for a previously connected network. Fortunately, you can view a list of all the networks you’ve previously joined to using a Power Shell command.

If you can’t access Power Shell for some reason, you can use the identical commands in Command Prompt.

Right-click the Start button and select Power Shell from the option that appears.

Launch Power Shell.
Enter netsh wlan show profiles here and click the Enter key. All saved network names can be found in the User profiles section.

View all of the user profiles
Simply copy the network(s) name(s) from here so you can use it in the following command.

To find the password for any of the saved networks, run the following command, replacing the wifiname section with the real name of the network.

netsh wlan profile show “name=wifiname” key=clear

In my situation, for example, the command would be netsh wlan show profile “name=SSID hidden” key=clear.

Use the netsh command.
When you press the Enter key, you will be presented with a wealth of information on this network. The password will be put next to Key content in the Security settings section.

Use a third-party WiFi password viewer to view the WiFi password in Power Shell #4.
You can also use a third-party app to view all of your saved networks and passwords in one location. If you frequently need to view your WiFi password, using a third-party is advantageous because it allows you to view all of the data with a single click. You may also want to use third-party software if you need to perform more advanced tasks, such as importing or exporting WiFi passwords from another PC/Windows.

If you’re up for it, I recommend giving NirSoft’s WirelessKeyView a shot. Although there are numerous apps for this purpose, I prefer WirelessKeyView because of its simple interface and the fact that it is completely free.

The software is sent as file, which must be extracted first. When you run the software, it will automatically search for and list all of your saved WiFi networks, with their passwords listed in the Key (Ascii) area. You may also view all network details by double-clicking on it.

WirelessKeyView displays the WiFi password.
If you don’t like WirelessKeyView, you can alternatively try WiFi Password Revealer. It’s an application that you may install that displays all of your saved network passwords and allows you to rapidly copy them all at once.

Methods of supplementation
The methods described above should be sufficient for locating the WiFi password within Windows 10. However, there are also additional options.

From the Router’s web interface
You may access your router’s settings through its web interface. There is normally an option to both change and view the password. There are no universal instructions I can provide to assist you with this because routers use different addresses to access the web-interface and the interface itself varies depending on the router vendor.

To give you an idea, to access the web-interface, you must use the IP address of your router. Look inside for a wireless setting or WiFi configuration option. It should have a button to reveal the password.

The router device’s backside
If you did not alter the default WiFi password, the default password is most likely written beneath or under the router. Simply pick it up and look for a password; it’s normally an 8-digit password.

Restart the router.
You can also reset your router, which will clear all of your settings, including your WiFi password. You can then join to the network using the default password. To reset the router, press and hold the reset button on the router for 5-10 seconds. Most routers put it within a hole, so you’ll have to press and hold it with a paper pin or something similar.

Last words
I am confident that the first two techniques will be sufficient for most users to view the WiFi password. However, if you are a system administrator and need to manage several PCs and networks, I recommend that you use a third-party WiFi password viewer.

Meanwhile, you can use the Geekflare Random Password Generator to generate strong passwords for your online accounts.

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