How to Find the Wifi-Password of Your Current Network?


How to Find the Wifi-Password

The need for Wifi password arises, mostly in two scenarios.  First, your guest might be interested in using your Wifi network or you might be interested to connect your new device to the existing network. Sometimes, you might not remember your Wifi password, do not worry, follow the below steps and you will be able to find Wifi password, of your current network.

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Examine your Wifi-router default password

How to Find the Wifi-Password
First step: Examine your Wifi-router default password

In the first step, you need to examine your Wifi-router, you will notice a sticker having SSID. The SSID consists of both, the wireless network name and password. Earlier, if you have not changed your default password, you can very well use the default password and get connected to your existing network.

After getting connected to the Wifi-network, ensure you change the default password and store the new password in your password manager, in order to secure the Wifi-Network.

For Mac OS X

To store the configuration details of the Wifi network, Mac uses a keychain. “security” a BSD command, can be used to find anything stored in the keychain, including the Wi-Fi password.

For Mac OS X
For Mac OS X

On Mac, open keychain Access,(by using Spotlight Search, you can find Keychain Access-Command Spacebar). In Sidebar, click on system and then click password. Double-click on the Wi-Fi router name, then you need to click the box, show password, enter your Mac’s login password for your username if prompted.

  1. Step 1: Open “Keychain Access” on your Mac. You can use Spotlight Search (Command + Spacebar) to find “Keychain Access.”
  2. Step 2: In the sidebar of Keychain Access, click on “System,” and then click on “Passwords.”
  3. Step 3: Double-click on the Wi-Fi router name from the list of passwords.
  4. Step 4: Click the box that says “Show Password” and enter your Mac’s login password when prompted. The Wi-Fi password will be revealed.

For Android

The Android device should have free app ES File explorer installed on it. You can follow these simple steps to recover your Wifi password.

For Android
For Android
  1. First Step: Open ES File Explorer. Go to “Local” and then tap on “Select Device” in the menu. You would find ES File Explorer asking for super user permission, click and give permission.
  2. Second Step: Open the folder named “data” and then check for the folder named “misc.”
  3. Third Step: Now open the folder “Wifi,” and you would spot a file named “wpa_supplicant.conf.”
  4. Fourth Step: Then open it as text and check for your Wi-Fi name (SSID), and you would find your lost Wi-Fi password.

For iOS Devices (iPhone and iPad)

ios iphone available networks
ios iphone available networks
  1. Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on “Wi-Fi” to view the list of available networks.
  3. Find the Wi-Fi network you are connected to and tap on the (i) icon next to its name.
  4. Tap on “Share Password” to display the Wi-Fi password. You might need to authenticate with your device passcode or Face ID/Touch ID.

For Windows PC

  1. Open the “Control Panel” on your Windows PC.
  2. Click on “Network and Internet” and then select “Network and Sharing Center.”
  3. In the Network and Sharing Center, click on the connected Wi-Fi network name next to “Connections.”
  4. A new window will open. Click on “Wireless Properties.”
  5. In the Wireless Network Properties window, go to the “Security” tab.
  6. Check the box next to “Show characters” under the “Network security key” section to reveal the Wi-Fi password.

For Linux Computers

  1. Open a terminal windows on your Linux computer.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter: sudo cat /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/*
  3. Look for the Wi-Fi network you want to find the password for.
  4. The password will be listed under the “psk” parameter in plain text.

Remember, when finding the Wi-Fi password on different devices, ensure that you are doing it for your own network and not violating anyone’s privacy.

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Troubleshooting Tips: Finding Wi-Fi Password

While finding the Wi-Fi password on different devices might seem straightforward, there can be some common issues that users encounter during the process. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you overcome these difficulties:

  1. Unable to Access Router Settings: If you are unable to access your router’s settings page to find the Wi-Fi password, ensure that you are connected to the network. Check if you are using the correct IP address for your router, and try using a different web browser to access the settings.
  2. Router Password Issues: In some cases, users may have forgotten their router’s login password. If this happens, you can perform a factory reset on the router to restore the default settings. Keep in mind that a factory reset will erase any customized settings, so be prepared to reconfigure your network.
  3. Keychain Access Password Prompt: When trying to view the Wi-Fi password using Keychain Access on Mac, you might encounter a password prompt. Make sure you enter the correct login password for your Mac to view the saved Wi-Fi password.
  4. Incorrect SSID or Wi-Fi Name: Double-check that you are trying to find the Wi-Fi password for the correct network. If you have multiple Wi-Fi networks in your vicinity, it’s easy to get confused with the SSID names.
  5. File Accessibility on Android: On Android devices, accessing the “wpa_supplicant.conf” file may require superuser permission. If you encounter permission issues, ensure that you have granted superuser access to the file explorer app.
  6. File Name Typo on Windows: On Windows PCs, when using the Command Prompt to find the Wi-Fi password, ensure that you type the command accurately as “netsh wlan show profile name=YourWiFiName key=clear.” Replace “YourWiFiName” with the correct Wi-Fi network name.
  7. Inconsistent File Locations: On Linux computers, the location of the Wi-Fi password file may vary based on the distribution and network manager. Refer to the specific documentation for your Linux distribution to locate the file accurately.
  8. Update Your Device: If you are still unable to find the Wi-Fi password, consider updating the firmware or operating system on your router or device. Sometimes, outdated software can cause compatibility issues.
  9. Ask the Network Administrator: If you are unable to find the Wi-Fi password on a network that you do not own, it’s best to contact the network administrator for assistance. They can provide you with the necessary credentials or help reset the password if required.

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Mamta Sharma