When we generally connect to a WiFi network, we don’t really pay much heed to the WiFi password and thus, we tend to forget it over time. Yes, we have all been there but that doesn’t really matter because we are connected to the WiFi network, right? However, what if the WiFi connection starts acting up and there’s a need to forget the network and reconnect it again from scratch. Also, you might need to share the password with a friend of yours. While you could always remember a WiFi password by heart or jot it down somewhere, Windows offers you a more elegant solution. Windows 10 (and previous iterations of Windows) lets you view saved WiFi passwords with ease. Here’s how to do it:
View Password of current WiFi network
If you want to know the password of the WiFi network you are currently connected to, you can do it easily with Windows 10:
1. Right click on the Start menu button and go to “Network Connections“.
2. In the Network Connections page, right click on “Wireless Network Connection”and click “Status”.
3. Then, go to “Wireless Properties”. In the Wireless Properties dialog box, go to the “Security” tab and check “Show characters” to see the WiFi network’s password.
View Password of previously connected WiFi networks
If you want to know the passwords of WiFi networks that you previously connected to, you can do too on Windows 10:
1. Right click on the Start menu button and open up “Command Prompt (Admin)”.
2. In Command Prompt, first type the command “netsh wlan show profiles” (without the quotes) and press Enter, to get a list of all the WiFi networks you’ve ever connected to.
3. Then, type the command “netsh wlan show profile name=NetworkName key=clear” and press Enter to get details of the WiFi network. Don’t forget to replace NetworkName with the name of the WiFi network, whose password you want to know.
4. After you have entered the command, you will find the WiFi network’s password in “Key content“.
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Check WiFi passwords with ease on Windows 10
Chances are, you have been surprised at how easy it is to view saved WiFi passwords in Windows 10. Well, you are welcome! So, start viewing your WiFi passwords and do let us know, if you come across any issues with the process. Sound off in the comments section below.
after i type the last commands on the command prompt, the key doesn’t appear. why?