How to view saved Wi-Fi passwords

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How to see WiFi passwords? Are you connected to Wi-Fi on one device, but need the password to access another? Here's how to find Wi-Fi passwords in Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.

You are at a friend's house and you need the Wi-Fi password, but they are busy. Your laptop is connected from a previous visit and you just need to connect your phone, so instead of disturbing them, you can find the Wi-Fi password from your already connected device and type it on the others. Here's how to do it.

See Wi-Fi password in Windows

Windows makes this simple, as long as you are currently connected to the network in question. Open the Start menu and search for "Network Status", then click the Change adapter options button that appears in the settings menu. (If you are on Windows 7, open the Control Panel and go to Network and Internet> Network Connections.)

Right-click your computer's Wi-Fi adapter in the list, choose Status> Wireless Properties.

On the Security tab, you should see a password box with dots inside - click the Show characters box to view the password in plain text.

If you're trying to view the password for a network you're not currently connected to, things are a little more complicated. You can download a third-party app like Magical JellyBean WiFi Password Revealer, which will show you the passwords of all saved networks.

If you'd rather not install additional software, you can find the password from the Windows command prompt. Open the Start menu, search for "Command Prompt" and right-click on Run as administrator.

Then run the following command to view a list of saved Wi-Fi networks:

netsh wlan show profiles

Select the desired network from the list, then run:

wlan show profile MyNetwork key=clear

(Replace MyNetwork with the network name you found earlier.) You will be presented with some information about the network, including the "Key Content" or password.

See Wi-Fi passwords in macOS

Apple's macOS stores Wi-Fi passwords in its keychain, which you can view by opening the Keychain Access app. Press Command + Space to open Spotlight, search for “Keychain Access” and open the app. Then, use the search bar in the Keychain Access app to search for the name of any Wi-Fi network you've connected to in the past.

When you see the network in the list, double-click it to see its password. You will need to check the Show password box at the bottom to view the password in plain text.

See Wi-Fi passwords on Android

Unfortunately, viewing Wi-Fi passwords on Android is noticeably more difficult on mobile platforms. If you're lucky enough to use Android 10, it's easily accessible - just go on Settings> Network and Internet> Wi-Fi and select the network in question.

(If you are not currently connected, you need to tap Saved Networks to see other networks you connected to in the past.) Then, tap the Share button and the network password will appear below the QR code.

Without Android 10, you cannot see the password of a Wi-Fi network if the phone is not rooted. If yours is a file manager and Solid Explorer then it can help you find the password: go to / data / misc / wifi and open the file wpa_supplicant.conf.

Within that document, you should be able to find the network name along with its password. Note that the location of that file and the effectiveness of this method may vary from device to device, as some may encrypt passwords within wpa_supplicant.conf.

See Wi-Fi password on iPhone

Viewing Wi-Fi passwords on an iPhone isn't an easy thing, since Apple never built the feature into iOS. If you sync your iPhone's Wi-Fi passwords with your iCloud Keychain, you should be able to use the Mac instructions above to see the password on your computer.

This method will work on Mac, even if you've never connected to that network with the device. If you don't have a Mac, though, you're mostly out of luck.

While this has become much less common in recent years, jailbreaking the phone offers other options. Only experienced users now go through the process of hacking their iOS device, but if you are jailbroken, go to Cydia (an App Store for jailbroken phones) and search for WiFi Passwords.

This tool will reveal those passwords to you, although it may or may not work depending on the version of your jailbreak software - these things are always evolving. If you can't get it to work, there are plenty of other similar apps in Cydia that are worth a try.

Go to the administration page of the router

If you have read this far and are still without a password, you have another option: check the administration page of the Wi-Fi router. If you view the Wi-Fi network information on your device, for example by clicking the “i” next to the Wi-Fi name in the iOS settings, you will be able to see the IP address of the router, usually something like 192.168. 0.1.

Type that number into your browser's address bar and use a site like to see if the default username and password for that router model gives you access to the settings. (If you don't know your model number, it may be on the login page or you can find it printed on the router itself.)

Find the Wi-Fi section of the settings and you might be able to see the password network.

If the network owner has changed the password on their modem, which everyone should do for security reasons, you will not be able to do this and if you don't have permission, it is generally not a good idea to make changes to the settings someone else's router. (If you're on your own network or a close family member, then you can probably rest easy.) Don't break anything while you're there.

Further Reading:

  • How to see the WiFi passwords saved on your Android phone
  • How to delete saved passwords on iPhone
  • See iPhone WiFi password, simple
  • How to view saved passwords on Mac
  • How to remove saved passwords from iPhone

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