How to Find a Wi-Fi Password on Your PC or Mac

What to do when you can't remember your password

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Forgetting your Wi-Fi password can quickly become a hindrance, but don't panic. If you have a PC or Mac already connected to your wireless network, we can show you how to retrieve your forgotten password. Follow the instructions below to learn how to find your Wi-Fi password with ease.

Find Your Wi-Fi Password on Windows 10

If you're using a Windows PC, it doesn't take much to find your lost Wi-Fi password. If you're running Windows 10, follow the steps below to retrieve the password for your Wi-Fi network.

  1. Select your PC's Start Menu.

  2. Select the Settings icon on the left-hand side of the Start Menu.

    The Settings icon will appear as a white gear above the Power icon.

  3. In the Windows Settings window that appears, select Network & Internet.

    Screenshot of Windows Control Center
  4. Next, under the Change your network settings area, select Network and Sharing Center.

    Screenshot of Network Settings Options
  5. In the Network and Sharing Center window that appears, select the highlighted name of your Wi-Fi network.

  6. In the new popup window that appears, select the Wireless Properties option.

  7. Lastly, select the Security tab and pick the Show Characters option to reveal your Wi-Fi password.

    Windows Wi-Fi Password
  8. You're done!

Find Your Wi-Fi Password on Windows 8 and Windows 7

It's just as easy to find your Wi-Fi password on a slightly older version of Windows. If you're running Windows 8 or Windows 7, follow the steps below to retrieve the password for your Wi-Fi network.

  1. Select your PC's Start Menu.

  2. In the Start Menu Search Bar, type "Network and Sharing Center" and hit the Enter key once the selection is highlighted.

  3. In the Network and Sharing Center window that appears, select the name of your Wi-Fi network.

  4. In the new popup window that appears, select the Wireless Properties option.

  5. Lastly, select the Security tab, then select the Show Characters option to reveal your Wi-Fi password.

Find Your Wi-Fi Password on Mac

If you're a fan of Apple computers and are running macOS, it's just as easy to find your lost Wi-Fi password as it is on Windows. The process is effortless and requires you to access the Keychain Access app on your Mac.

  1. Bring up Spotlight on your Mac. This can be accomplished by holding down the Command key on your keyboard and tapping the Space Bar.

    You can also open Spotlight by clicking the magnifying glass icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.

    Screenshot of Spotlight showing Keychain Access
  2. Next, type in "Keychain Access" and hit the Enter key to open the program.

  3. In the new window that appears, locate the Keychains list on the left-hand side and click the System option.

    Screenshot of Keychain Access selections
  4. Locate the Category list on the left-hand side and click the Passwords option.

  5. On the right-hand side of the window, you'll now see a list of all the passwords stored by your Mac. Locate the name of your Wi-Fi network and double-click it to open its settings.

  6. In the popup window that appears, click the Show password checkbox. You'll be prompted to enter your Mac username and password. Do so, then click Allow.

    Screenshot of Wi-Fi Password on Mac

    When entering your username and password, you must be a system administrator for your machine. If you're the only account on your Mac, then you are the system administrator. Otherwise, enter the username and password of an administrator on your machine.

  7. Your Mac will now display the password to your Wi-Fi network, and you can note it down for future usage.