How to view saved Wi-Fi passwords in Windows 10 or Windows 11

Shaant Minhas

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It is not uncommon for you to forget your Wi-Fi password, which in turn makes it almost impossible for you to connect a new device to your router.

Luckily, there is a way for you to retrieve the lost password using your Windows device. In this guide, we’ll delve deeper into this and show you how to go about this process.

Let’s dive right in.

How to check for your Wi-Fi password from Network Settings

  1. Press the Windows Key + to open your Windows settings saved Wi-Fi
  2. Select the Network & internet section from the left-hand bar and click on Advanced network settings.
  3. Next, click on Related Settings and select More network adapter options.more network settings
  4. Right-click on your Wi-Fi adapter and click on Status in the Network Connections window that pops up.wi-fi status
  5. Select Wireless Properties in the dialog box and click on the Security tab.
  6. Finally, under the Network security key option, check the show characters radio box.wireless settings

You should now be able to view your Wi-Fi password and use it to connect your new Windows device to your router.

How to retrieve your password using the Command prompt

While the above method works fine if you’ve already connected your system to the Wi-Fi, what will you do if you aren’t connected to it at the present? However, if you’ve connected your device before, though, there’s hope.

Through the Command prompt, you can easily find a previously saved Wi-Fi password. We’ve already covered the basics of Command prompt before, so if you’re unsure about it, don’t hesitate to check out our short guide.

Here’s how to check your Wi-Fi password using the Comand Prompt:

  1. Head to Start menu search bar, type in cmd, and click on the Command Prompt to launch it.
  2. Type the following command to view all your saved Wi-Fi networks and hit Enter: netsh wlan show profiles
  3. Select the specific Wi-Fi network you want to retrieve its password and enter the following command and hit Enter: netsh wlan show profile name=“Wi-Fi NAME” key=clear

Note: Replace the “Wi-Fi Name” with the name of the Wi-Fi network whose Wi-Fi you’d like to pick up. You’ll get all the information about the Wi-Fi network as soon as you execute this command.

You’ll then find your password in the Security settings section of the Command prompt. It will be laid out in front of Key Content as illustrated below.

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View saved Wi-Fi passwords in Windows 10 or Windows 11

If you want to find forgotten Wi-Fi passwords, then these are some of the simplest methods that will help you get the job done. Hopefully, one of these methods helped you view your Wi-Fi passwords as well.