So a friend of yours just got you hooked to his WiFi and you don’t know the WiFi password because he wouldn’t tell you? Perhaps, the IT support officer at work connects your computer to the firm’s WiFi but wouldn’t give you the password so you wouldn’t connect other devices like your mobile phone to the network. Or just maybe, your computer is currently connected to a WiFi network and you can’t remember the password.
Don’t worry, it’s quite simple to find the password to the WiFi you are currently connected to.
How can I do that! you may ask.
Stay with me while I walk you through the super-easy steps.
First Things First: Check Your Router’s Default Password
Before you consider any other means of finding your WiFi password, there is a basic step you have to take. That is, find the WiFi router you are connected to, examine it closely. Usually, at the back of the router, you should see the sticker which contains the “SSID” and the “Network Key”. The “Network Key” you see is the default WiFi password. If you can’t find the password printed on the back of the router, try looking at the manual or any other documentation that came with it.
But, you should also note that most Network Administrators do change the WiFi passwords from the default one to the one they assign to the router by themselves. This is usually done in a bid to restrict unauthorized access to the WiFi network.
Now, with that out of the way;
How To Find Your Current WiFi Password On Windows
It’s worth noting that Windows saves the passwords of WiFi networks your computer connects to. By implication, you can also find the passwords of other WiFi networks your computer has been connected to before. But we will talk about that later in this post.
In this guide, I’m using Microsoft Windows 7 so this might be slightly different on other versions of Windows. But not to worry, there’ll be updates on this post for users of more recent Windows versions (Windows 8, 8.1 and 10), so stay tuned for further updates.
- For now, let’s get down to finding your current WiFi network’s password using a Windows machine (computer).
Navigate to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center and click on the Wireless Network name.
- On the next window that appears, click on Wireless Properties.
- On clicking on Wireless Properties, a new window pops up with two tabs; “Connection” and “Security”. Here, select “Security” and check the “Show characters” box to reveal the “Network security key”.
- The Network security key is your current WiFi network’s password.
A Quick Alternative
There’s a shortcut to finding your WiFi network’s password on your Windows machine. This method requires the click of fewer buttons to get results.
Let’s get right into it.
- Right-click the Network icon on the right of your taskbar.
- Then right-click the WiFi network name and select “Properties”. On the next window, check the “Show characters” box to reveal the “Network security key”.
That was easy, right?
Now, give it a go and tell us your experience in the comments section.
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