How To Find Your Wi-Fi Password?

How To Find Your Wi-Fi Password In Windows 7 And Windows 10

To connect to a secured Wi-Fi network, you need a Wi-Fi password, which is often called a Wi-Fi network security key. If you stay in a hotel or participate in an event or conference where a Wi-Fi link is offered, ask for the Wi-Fi password at reception or the event organizers. Wi-Fi passwords are often shown on information/advertising boards or screens. What about other ways to find Wi-Fi passwords? If your company provides Wi-Fi access, then ask your the IT support department for a password. In some cases, such as cafes, city centres, airports, public transportation systems, etc., Wi-Fi links are not secured and you are not required to provide a password upon connection.

Currently, the most popular ways to secure Wi-Fi networks are WPA2-Personal and WPA2-Enterprise. WPA2 is Wi-Fi Protected Access 2. The WPA2-Personal method utilizes Pre-Shared Key (PSK) client authentication. This key is entered and stored at the network wireless router that provides the AP (Access Point) of the wireless network to your computer, laptop, or smart phone. Wireless routers are manufactured by many vendors such as Linksys, TP-Link, Asus, Synology, etc. (The 10 best wireless routers of 2017). The WPA2-Personal method is recommended for home networks when the highest security level is not required. It is a common solution for wired Ethernet network routers to have an integrated wireless router. If you are the owner of your network wireless router, then view and/or change your network password by viewing/changing your router configuration. This is independent of whether your computer runs Windows 7 or 10, since router configuration is usually accessible through a configuration webpage (homepage).

Another method is to look at your computer Windows network set-up for the Wi-Fi password entered previously (and saved by you or someone else). Using this method, you can find the Wi-Fi password of an active Wi-Fi connection (for example, if you want to connect an additional device to the Wi-Fi network) or even passwords of other Wi-Fi connections established and used previously on your computer. The steps required to complete this method differ between Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Be aware that the WPA2-Enterprise network securing method is somewhat more complex and utilizes an external RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service) server to provide Wi-Fi keys for your computer. WPA2-Enterprise is recommended for larger organizations that need to bind login credentials (such as company e-mail, client username, and password) to the Wi-Fi network security key. In this method, you do not need to know the wireless network password, since it is assigned by the RADIUS server on first login using your the company’s allocated username and password. We do not cover WPA2-Enterprise network password recovery in this article.

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Find Wi-Fi Password on Wireless Router’s Configuration Webpage

The Wi-Fi security key (Wi-Fi network password) is stored by the Wi-Fi network router, which provides the Wi-Fi AP (Access Point). Today, network router configurations are commonly accessed through the configuration webpage. Configuration of your network router is manufacturer-specific. As an example, we will demonstrate how to find a Wi-Fi password on Linksys WRT54G and TP-Link TL-WR840GR routers. Your computer must be connected to the router using an Ethernet network (twisted pair type cable) or you can access it using a Wi-Fi network configured on your device (computer, laptop, smartphone).

First, find the IP address of your wireless router. One option is to read your router documentation. Typical address formats of routers are 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. Alternatively, follow these steps:

1. In Windows 7/10, launch Command Prompt by typing "cmd" in the Search box of the Windows Taskbar.
2. In the Command Prompt, type "ipconfig" and press Enter.

Scroll to the "Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection" if you are connected to an Ethernet network.

find your IP address ethernet adapter local area connection

Alternatively, "Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection" if you are already connected to a Wi-Fi network and see the IP address of Default Gateway. In the two pictures below, the IP address is "192.168.1.1.".

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When you know your router (Default Gateway) address, type it into your web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Internet Explorer) address field and press Enter. You will be asked to enter the username and password of your router. If you know them, enter them now. If not, try the factory default username and password, which can be found in the router documentation. Often they are: "name: admin" and "password: admin". If the default username and password have been changed, try resetting them back to the factory defaults. Again, see your router documentation. A common approach is to hold the hardware Reset key on the rear panel of the router for some seconds (for example, eight seconds) while the router is powered up. The factory default router username and password then become valid again.

Video showing how to find your WiFi password through your router's configuration page:

See below for examples of how to find Wi-Fi password for two different routers:

For the Linksys WRT54G router navigate to the "Wireless" tab.

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Then click "Wireless Security" sub-tab. In the "WPA Shared Key" field, you can see your Wi-Fi password.

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For the TP-Link TL-WR840N router, navigate to "Wireless" tab.

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Then click "Wireless Security" sub-tab. Under the WPA/WPA2 –Personal (Recommended) group of settings in the Wireless Password field, you can see your Wi-Fi password (in the example below, it is "mypasw123").

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Note: different router vendors may refer to the Wi-Fi password as the wireless password or key, WPA/WPA2 password or key, security password or key, or similar.

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Find Your Wi-Fi Password On A Windows PC In Windows 7

If the computer you are using is already configured to connect to the wireless network, you can find the Wi-Fi password at specific settings locations. Here, we explain how to find your Wi-Fi password in Windows 10 and Windows 7 for a wireless network secured using WPA2-Personal method.

In the Windows 7 system tray, click the wireless network icon and then select "Open Network and Sharing Center". To see wireless network connections, your wireless adapter must be turned-on (look for your laptop or external wireless adapter specification).

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In the Network and Sharing Center window, click the item to the right of "Connections". In the picture below, it is named "Wireless Network Connection (TP-LINK_1714)".

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In the Wireless Network Connection Status window, click the "Wireless Properties" button and select "Security" tab in the Wireless Network Properties dialog window. When you check the option "Show characters", the network password will be revealed in the Network security key field.

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Wi-Fi Password Location In Windows 10

Go to Start and select Settings >Network & Internet. The other way to invoke the Network & Internet Settings window is to click the wireless connection icon in the Windows 10 system tray (systray) and then select Network & Internet Settings. To see wireless network connections, your wireless adapter must be turned-on (look for your laptop or external wireless adapter specification).

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In the opened Settings window, select the "Status" tab and click "Network and Sharing Center".

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In the Network and Sharing Center window, press "Wireless Network Connection" to the right of title "Connections". In the picture below, it is Wireless Network Connection ("zlink").

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In the Wireless Network Connection Status window, click the "Wireless Properties" button and select "Security" tab in the Wireless Network Properties dialog window. When you check the option "Show characters", the network password will be revealed in the Network security key field.

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Video showing how to find your WiFi password in Windows 10:

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How To Find Wireless Password Of A Network You’ve Connected Previously In Windows 7

Invoke the "Control Panel" window by going to Start, and then Control Panel. In the Control Panel window, select "Network and Sharing Center". 

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Click the "Manage wireless networks" link on the left side menu.

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In the displayed list of all previously-configured wireless connections, double click the connection of interest or select the Properties item in its drop down menu by right-clicking on the connection.

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In the Wireless Network Properties window, switch to "Security" tab and check the "Show characters" check-box to see the Network security password (key).

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How To Find Wireless Password Of A Network You’ve Connected Previously In Windows 10

To find previously-entered Wi-Fi networks passwords in Windows 10, launch Command Prompt by typing "cmd" in the Search box on the Windows Taskbar. In the Command Prompt, type "netsh wlan show profiles" and press Enter.

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To find the profile you are interested in, type "netsh wlan show profile name=profilename key=clear" in the Command Prompt. In the section Security Settings under Key Content field, you will see the Wi-Fi password. In the picture below, it is "12345678".

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