How to see Saved Wi-Fi Password on Windows 10 PC

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For some reason, Windows 7 just seems a lot more user-friendly than any of Microsoft’s Windows versions. Maybe it is just me, but I find my way around Windows 7 pretty faster than any other OS for that matter. That brings us to the subject of this article; how to see saved Wi-Fi password on Windows 10 PC.

There are times you may wish to know the Wi-Fi password of the network you are currently connected. It could be for different reasons; perhaps you forgot the password – though you’re the one who set it – and needs to grant access to the network a new device. Or it could be any other reason.

Whatever your reason, here is how to find the save Wi-Fi password.

On the toolbar, right-click the network icon and select open network and sharing center.

A network setting window will pop up. Click on Change adapter settings and then right-click on Wi-Fi network and click on status from the drop-down menu.

A new window will pop-up. Now click on Wireless Properties and then click on the Security

At this point, you should be able to see a checkbox next to show characters. You need to check on this box to have the password revealed.

PS > Windows 10 (unlike Windows 7) refers to the password as network security key, not as password.

How to find saved Wi-Fi password for a network that is out of range

Suppose a friend calls you and asks you for the Wi-Fi password at work, school, or back at home. Yet you are currently out of range of the said Wi-Fi network. Obviously, the trick above is not going to work, as it requires you to be currently connected to the give Wi-Fi network to see the password.

That is not to say you cannot retrieve the password for Wi-Fi networks out of range. To do so, you will have to dig through the command prompt. Don’t be scared, this command prompt trick is pretty straightforward for just about anyone to successfully use.

You need to open command prompt as an administrator

Type in netsh wlan show profile and hit the Enter key. It will display all the Wi-Fi network that you have ever connected to.

To show the password for a specific Wi-Fi network, you will need to type netsh wlan show profile ‘Network Name’ key=clear. You need to replace ‘Network Name’ with the SSID of the Wi-Fi network; that is the name of that Wi-Fi.

You should see the password under the Security settings category besides Key Content


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