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How to see all your saved Wi-Fi passwords in Windows 10

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Open the Network and Sharing Center and click “Wi-Fi”, then go to Wireless Properties and check the “Show characters” box to show your Wi-Fi password in Windows 10. To show all your Wi-Fi networks Fi saved, run ” netsh wlan show profiles” in PowerShell and then run ” netsh wlan show profile name=”NETWORK” key=clear” to display the network password.

Windows remembers all the Wi-Fi passwords you’ve ever used. This is how you reconnect to those networks. This is how you can view the saved password of any network you’ve ever connected to on your Windows PC.

How to see your current Wi-Fi password in Windows 10

The Settings app in Windows 10 can’t directly display the Wi-Fi password of the current network you’re connected to, even if you have it saved; you have to search for it a bit.

Right-click the Wi-Fi icon on the taskbar and click “Open Network & Internet settings”.

Scroll down to the “Advanced Network Settings” section, then click “Network and Sharing Center.”

Advice: The Network and Sharing Center can also be directly accessed through Control Panel.

Click the small “Wi-Fi” button towards the center of the screen to open the Wi-Fi network status window.

Click “Wireless Properties,” then check the “Show Characters” box in the Wireless Network Properties window that appears to display your password.

Of course, you can only see the passphrase of the Current network to which you are connected in this way. If you want to see all the Wi-Fi networks saved on your PC, you will need to use one of the following two methods.

Use NirSoft’s WirelessKeyView to see all your Wi-Fi passwords in Windows 10

You can view saved passwords with Windows’ built-in command-line tools, but we recommend NirSoft’s free WirelessKeyView application. It’s a lightweight tool that you don’t even have to install to use: just download it, open the ZIP file, and then double-click the included EXE file (if it has hidden file extensions, open the “WirelessKeyView” application file). You will then see a list of saved network names and their passwords stored in Windows.

Note: Some antivirus programs may say that WirelessKeyView is malware. If so, it’s a false positive: we’ve never had any problems with NirSoft’s free utilities. Unlike many modern Windows programs, they don’t even contain adware.

The “Network Name” column shows the name of the Wi-Fi network, in other words, its SSID. To find the password associated with a network, look in the “Key (Ascii)” column for the name of that network. This is the password you type to connect to that network.

To back up this information, you can select File > Save All Items. You’ll get a text file containing this information, so you can take it with you to a new PC or store it for later.

NirSoft WirelessKeyView running on Windows 10

Use the command line to see all your Wi-Fi passwords in Windows 10

The standard Windows 10 Control Panel only allows you to see the password for the Wi-Fi network you’re currently connected to. If you do not wish to download third party software, you will need to use command line tools to discover this information.

To find a password in Windows without third-party software, open a Command Prompt or PowerShell window. To do this, right-click the Start button or press Windows + X and then click “PowerShell.”

Run the following command to see the list of network profiles saved on your system:

netsh wlan show profiles

List of saved wireless profiles in PowerShell

Find the name of the network for which you need the password, and then run the following command, replacing “NETWORK” with the name of that network:

netsh wlan show profile name="NETWORK" key=clear

Look under “Security Settings” in the output. The “Key Content” field displays the Wi-Fi network password in plain text.

Find a saved Wi-Fi password from the Windows command line

Repeat this process for each Wi-Fi network you want to find the password for.

If you don’t have it saved in Windows, there are many other ways to find a forgotten Wi-Fi password, including on another device (like a Mac), in a router’s web interface, or even printed on the router itself.

RELATED: How to find your Wi-Fi password


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