Do you know how to retrieve or find WiFi password that you have already used to connect to your network?

Here, I will share you the ways to find WiFi password which is already available on your system

Previously, your computer is connected to a WiFi network and now you do not remember the WiFi password that you have used to connect to WiFi network.

Now you want to connect to a device like your mobile phone or to laptop. Here is a simple trick to find out password of your previously connected WiFi network. You can either send a password request to WiFi admin or you can open the command prompt on your computer and then retrieve password.


Please read below instructions to find your password:

Find WiFi password

Find the WiFi Password on Windows

Open the command prompt in administrator mode.  Now enter the following command in command prompt.

netsh wlan show profile name=ssid name key=clear

Here your need to enter your network ssid instead of “ssid name”.

You can find the password under the Security Setting section. If you did not see the password then you might not be logged as Administrator. Try to login as Admin and try again. If you are not admin then the above command will not work.

 If you would  only like to see the password and not the other information then use the “findstr” command:

netsh wlan show profile name=ssid name key=clear | findstr Key

Here, replace “ssid name” with your network ssid.

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Show the WiFi Password on Mac OS

Your Mac OS uses Key Chain to store the configuration details of the WiFi network. You can use BSD command “security” to query anything stored inside Keychain including the WiFi password.

Open Spotlight (cmd+Space) and open terminal window.

At the command line, enter the following command. If prompted for user name password, then enter your Mac username and password to access the OS X keychain and the WiFi network password would be displayed on the screen in plain text.

security find-generic-password -wa ssidname

Replace “ssid name” with your WiFi name

Retrieve the WiFi Password on Linux:

You can even find WiFi password on Linux too.

Replace SSID name with the wireless name (SSID) of your network. The value of the field psk is your WiFi password.

sudo cat /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/ssidname | grep psk=

If you don’t know the network name, use the following command.

sudo grep psk= /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/*

Therefore, by following above simple steps you can retrieve your password from your system.

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