How To Find The WiFi Network’s Password On Windows

how to find the WiFi Network's password on Windows

Ever this has happened to you that you have wifi network in your office or at home that connected to your PC but you do not know its password and because of which you are unable to connect the wifi to your other devices such as mobile, tablet etc, so do you know how to get the password and use it to your other devices? If you don’t know, so let’s learn together that how to find the WiFi network’s password on Windows..

How To Find The WiFi Network’s Password On Windows

So to find the WiFi network’s password on Windows is not so hard but it depends on you that what is your requirements because there can be two different scenarios,

  1. How to Find the Current Wi-Fi Network’s Password on Windows.
  2. How to Find Passwords for Wi-Fi Networks You’ve Connected to Previously.

The requirements of most of the people match with the first scenario but few of us wants to know about the second scenario also, so don’t worry, I am sharing the process of finding the password of the Wi-Fi network for both scenarios, so let’s start with the first one…

How to Find the Current Wi-Fi Network’s Password on Windows

Sometimes we forgot our WiFi Network’s password after changing it, however it is still connected with our PC and other devices but now we can’t able to use it with our other devices or cannot able to change it. So the question is can we get our WiFi Network’s password back? And the answer is yes and the thing that helps you to do it is your windows PC, Because once you connect your WiFi network to your PC, your WiFi password is automatically saved in Windows Systems, and then, from there you can get back your password whenever you want. so now the other question is how we can get back our WiFi password from Windows system? So don’t worry you can get back your current Wifi Network’s Password by following these simple steps..

For Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

  1. On your computer screen, bottom of the right side on taskbar you will find the WiFi icon (which shows that you’re connected with a WiFi network), right click on that icon.
  2. After clicking on it, you will get two options first “Troubleshoot problems” and second “Open Network and Sharing Center”, so click on the second one “Open Network and Sharing Center”.
  3. Now on the Network and Sharing Center page you will get the current WiFi network name and details on the right side of the screen in connection section, so click on the name of your current WiFi Network’s name.
  4. This will take you to WiFi status summary, now in at the end the summary you will find two options, first details and second “Wireless Properties”, so click on the second option “Wireless Properties”.
  5. Now on the Wireless Properties page you will get two tabs connection and security so click on “Security” tab.
  6. in the security tab you will get three sections there, first security type, second encryption type and the third and the last is Network security key which means your WiFi Network’s password. you will find the password hidden behind the *, that you can see by clicking on the show characters check box.

For Windows 7

  1. On your computer screen, bottom of the right side on taskbar you will find the WiFi icon (which shows that you’re connected with a WiFi network), right click on that icon.
  2. After clicking on it, you will get two options first “Troubleshoot problems” and second “Open Network and Sharing Center”, so click on the second one “Open Network and Sharing Center”.
  3. Now on network and sharing page, on the left side menu, you will get few options and one of them is “Change Adapter Settings”, so click on it.
  4. After opening the “Change Adapter Settings” page you will find the WiFi icon with your current WiFi Network’s name, now right click on that icon and then select the option “Status”.
  5. This will take you to the “WiFi Status” dialog box where you will find the status of your current WiFi network and two options Details and Wireless properties, now forget the first one and click on the second option “Wireless properties”.
  6. Now on the Wireless Properties page you will get two tabs connection and security so click on “Security” tab.
  7. In security tab you will find the Network Security Key box which is the WiFi password box where you will find the password hidden behind the * and you can see the hidden password by clicking on the show characters box.

So that’s how you can find your current WiFi Network’s password on windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Now let’s see, how you can find passwords for Wifi networks you’ve connected to previously on your windows system.

How to Find Passwords for Wi-Fi Networks You’ve Previously Connected On Windows

Sometimes it also happens that you forgotten the password of yours old wifi router, and when it’s come to connect it again, you fail to do so without password, so the question is can you able to get your old saved WiFi Network’s password back? so the answer is yes, because Windows system saves your all old WiFi Network’s password which once you connect with your windows system, so let’s know how you can Find Passwords for Wi-Fi Networks You’ve Previously Connected with windows…

For Windows 8, Windows 8.1 And Windows 10

To find passwords for WiFi networks you’ve previously used in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 And Windows 10 systems you will have to use the command prompt.

  1. On your PC, press Window+R button and then type CMD and hit the enter button, it will take you directly to the command prompt.
  2. Now in command prompt type the following command..


netsh wlan show profiles

  1. This command will show you a list of all the Wi-Fi networks you’ve previously connected, now to get the password of one them, type the following command… (Remember in this command replace the “profilename” word with the name of the WiFi profile, which profile’s password you want to know).

netsh wlan show profile name=profilename key=clear

  1. After giving that command, you will get all the details about your searched WiFi profile and to find the Wi-Fi password for that Wi-Fi network Look for the “Key Content” line.

For Windows 7

In Windows 7, you don’t need to use command prompt to find passwords for WiFi networks you’ve previously used, what will you have to do is only, check your system configuration as i mentioned below..

  1. Open Network and Sharing center on your PC, either you can open it directly by clicking on WiFi icon from the taskbar or you can open it from the control panel.
  2. In the Network and Sharing center page you will find few options on the side menu and one of them is “Manage Wireless Networks”, so click on it.
  3. Now a list of all your previously used WiFi networks will open on your screen and then select any one which one’s password you want to know and then press the right click and then click on “Properties” option.
  4. After opening the properties dialogue box, you will get two tabs there, connection and security so select the security tab and then you will find your WiFi Network’s password (Network Security Key) there.
  5. To unhide the password check the box of show characters and you will get your password.
So that’s how you can find passwords for WiFi Networks you’ve previously connected on windows 7,8,8.1 and Windows 10. Hopefully, now you know what to do when you lost or forgot your wifi network’s password, but still, if you face any problem to find passwords for wifi networks (current and previous) you can ask us in the comments section.

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