Quickly View Saved Wi-Fi Passwords In Windows 10


If you have forgotten your Wi-Fi password in Windows 10, you can view it through any other Windows 10 PC that is using the same network.

This can be done either directly using the command prompt or through Windows Settings.

Here is how:

Using the command prompt:

This is obviously a lot quicker.

Open Windows command prompt (Win key + R and type cmd) or search for command prompt from Windows 10 Start menu.

accessing Windows 10 command prompt

To see a list of different wireless networks names that you have previously connected to, type:

netsh wlan show profile

using netsh wlan command in Windows 10 to list wireless networks previously used

The Wi-Fi network names will be listed at the bottom. To see the password for any of those networks, type:

netsh wlan show profile "network name" key=clear

choosing a wireless network using netsh command to view it's password This will display a list of details. Scroll down to Security settings.

  wi-fi network security key visible

The password will be visible in the Key Content field.

Using Windows 10 Settings:

From the system tray, right click on the wireless network icon and click on Open Network & Internet settings.  

accessing network and internet settings from Windows 10 system tray

Alternatively, from Windows Settings (Win key + I), go to Network & Internet. accessing network and internet settings using Windows Settings Click on Change adapter options. accessing network adapter properties and changing their settings in windows 10 Right click on the wireless adapter and click on Status.   viewing the status of network adapter in Windows 10 This will show the general connection details. Click on Wireless Properties.  

viewing wireless properties of network adapter in windows 10 Then, from the Security tab, enable the option of Show characters.

enabling password to be viewed for wireless adapter in Windows 10

This will now display the Wi-Fi password in clear text in Network Security key.

Also, you can store network connection details for various adapters in Windows 10.

To do that, go back to the main Network & Internet screen. Click on View your network properties.

accessing Windows 10 network properties

This will show the complete details of various network adapters along with the network settings (DNS servers , IP details, MAC details and so on but not the passwords).  

Copying the complete list of network details in Windows 10

Scroll down and click on Copy. You can then save these details in a file for reference.  

file containing copied details of Windows 10 network properties and related information All done.


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