How to see the WiFi password? Are you connected to Wi-Fi on one device, but do you 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 have 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 passwords in Windows
Windows makes it 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 on your computer’s Wi-Fi adapter in the list, choose Status> Wireless properties. In the Security tab, you should see a password box with dots inside: click on the Show characters box to display the password in plain text.
If you are trying to display the password for a network you are 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 prefer not to install additional software, you can find the password from the Windows command prompt. Open the Start menu, search for “Command Prompt” and right-click Run as administrator. Then run the following command to view a list of saved Wi-Fi networks:
netsh wlan show profile
Select the desired network from the list, then run:
wlan show profile MyNetwork key = clear
(Replace MyNetwork with the name of the network you found earlier.) You will be presented with some information about the network, including the “Key Content” or password.
See Wi-Fi password 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 have connected to in the past.
When you see the network in the list, double-click on it to see its password. You will need to check the Show password box at the bottom to display the password in plain text.
See Wi-Fi passwords on Android
Unfortunately, viewing Wi-Fi passwords on Android is significantly more difficult on mobile platforms. If you are lucky enough to use Android 10, it is easily accessible: go to Settings> Network and Internet> Wi-Fi and select the network in question.
(If you are not currently connected, you must touch Saved networks to see other networks you have connected to in the past.) Then, touch the Share button and the network password will appear under the QR code.
Without Android 10, it is not possible to view the password of a Wi-Fi network if the phone is not rooted. If yours is a file manager it is Solid Explorer then it can help you find the password: go up / 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 integrated the functionality 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 your device. If you don’t have a Mac though, you’re mostly unfortunate.
While this has become much less common in recent years, phone jailbreaking offers other options. Only experienced users now go through the process of hacking their iOS device, but if you have jailbroken, go to Cydia (an App Store for jailbreak phones) and search WiFi Passwords.
This tool will reveal those passwords to you, even if 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 many other similar apps in Cydia that are worth trying.
Go to the router’s administration page
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 information of the Wi-Fi network on your device, for example by clicking on the “i” next to the Wi-Fi name in the iOS settings, you will be able to see the IP address router, typically something like 192.168. 0.1.
Type that number into your browser’s address bar and use a site like routerpasswords.com to see if the default username and password for that router model you damageaccess to settings. (If you don’t know the 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 may be able to view 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 do not have permission, it is generally not a good idea to make changes to someone else’s router settings. (If you are on your network or a close family member, then you can probably feel comfortable.) Don’t break anything while you’re there.