Wi-Fi passwords are the magical cheat codes connecting the netizens to the World Wide Web. However, these are under constant threat of being hacked by hackers or malicious software. This not only gives them access to your network but also exposes your data, internet activity, passwords, etc. and slows down your system and internet. This even paves the way to hackers performing illegal activities online using your internet connection, putting you at greater risk. All of this necessitates the protection of Wi-Fis with strong and secure passwords. Experts also suggest that these passwords should be frequently updated, for added security. However, juggling between quirky passwords may often leave you scratching heads while trying to remember your latest password. Here is a complete step-by-step guide on how to find the Wi-Fi passwords on Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS platforms. Happy surfing!
How To Find Wi-Fi Password On Windows
Follow these easy steps to find the password of the Wi-Fi network or router that you are currently connected to.
Right click on the Wi-Fi icon present at the taskbar and select “Open Network & Internet Settings”. Alternatively, open the Start menu and search for Network Status.
Now click on “Change Adapter Options” - following which a new pop window will appear, where you can see the Wi-Fi connection status.
Double click on the Wi-Fi or click or select “Change settings of this network”.
You'll find two options on the popped up window- “Networking” and “Sharing”. Click on the latter and check the “Show Characters” box and the password will appear.
Alternatively, you can try the following method-
Open the Start Menu and type Command Prompt
Run the given command: netsh wlan show profile
A list of all saved WiFi networks will appear. Pick the desired network then run the following command: netsh wlan show profile **** key=clear. (Replace *** with network name you found in the list).
The WiFi password of that particular network or modem will now appear under the Security Settings.
How to Check Wi-Fi Password on macOS
Open the Keychain Access app on your Mac.
Click on the option of “Passwords” appearing on the left side.
Enter the name of the network for which you want to know the password. Once done, double click on the network name.
A pop up window with the details of the network will appear. Click on “Show Password”.
Enter the user credentials for your administrator. The password will now appear on your screen.
How to Check Wi-Fi Password on Android Smartphones
Go to the Settings app and click on the Wi-Fi icon.
Tap on the gear icon or setting icon next to the name of the desired Wi-Fi network.
Click on “Tap to Share Password” to view the saved password. Alternatively, you can select the option of “QR Code”.
Take a screenshot of the QR Code and scan it with any QR scanner application. Name of your Wi-Fi and password will appear.
How to Check Wi-Fi Password on iOS
When it comes to network privacy, Apple seems to have stricter policies. It doesn't provide any option to find the password of any saved networks on iPhones. However, you can work around the way by using a Mac device. Follow the given steps to crack the password!
Go Settings and click on the iCloud option.
Find the “Keychain” option and toggle it on.
Next, go back to Settings and turn on “Personal Hotspot”.
Connect your Mac to your iPhone's hotspot.
Open Spotlight search (CMD+Space) and type Keychain Access.
Press enter and search for the Wi-Fi network for which you want to know the password.
A pop-up window with the details of the network will appear. Click on “Show Password” and enter the user credentials of your administrator.
Alternate Way To Find Wi-Fi password
A. Reset Your Router To Factory Settings
If you haven't been unable to crack the password of your Wi-Fi network with any of the above-mentioned methods, restore your router to factory settings.
For this click on the “Reset” button on the back of your router using a paperclip or needles. Hold it for at least 30 seconds or till the lights on the router flash briefly.
This will change your Wi-Fi's password to the one printed on the bottom or back of the router. However, it'll disconnect every gadget connected to your router.
“Network name” or “SSID” is the factory name of your network that appears in the Wi-Fi menu and “Password” or “Key” is the Wi-Fi's stock password.
Tips To Keep Your Wi-Fi Secure
Always keep your router's software up to date.
Activate your network encryption for added security.
Don't forget to turn off the wireless home network before leaving home.
Try to place the router somewhere in the middle of your home to reduce the reach of your wireless network signal outside your premises.
Set strong and unique passwords, including numbers, letters, and special characters, to reduce the risk of hacking.
Change the default IP address of your router and also disable remote access.
Similarly, change the name of your default home network or SSID (Service Set Identifier). This will make it hard for malicious attackers to know what type of router you have.