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Windows 10 Tip: Find Your Wi-Fi Network Passwords

If you’re running Windows 10 on your laptop, sometimes you might need to connect another device or give a colleague the password so they can get on the network.

Here’s how to find the password for the network that you’re currently using or wireless networks your PC has been connected to previously.

Tip: If you’re still running Windows 7 on your laptop and need to find a Wi-Fi password, read our article: How to Recover Forgotten Wi-Fi Passwords in Windows 7

Unlike Windows 7, in Windows 10 when you click on the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray you’ll see a list of available networks, but you can’t select their properties.

Network Windows 10

Find the Wi-Fi Network Password Your Connected To

To find the network password go to Settings > Network & Internet and then select Network and Sharing Center in the Related Settings list.

Network and Sharing

Alternately, you can right-click the Wi-Fi icon on the system tray in the lower right corner and select Open Network and Sharing Center.

system tray

Then when the sharing center opens, select the network your PC is connected.

select network

Next, the Wi-Fi Status windows will open and from there click the Wireless Properties button.

wireless properties

Now in Wireless Network Properties select the Security tab and check the box to show characters to reveal the password.

show pw

Getting the Wi-Fi password is easier to do in Windows 7, but remember, that Microsoft is treating Windows 10 as a service, and future updates are sure to come. If this process changes, we’ll keep you updated.

View Saved Wi-Fi Network Passwords

If you bounce around a lot during your workday and connect to multiple networks, unless you’ve set your PC to connect automatically, it’s quite a chore to remember all the passwords. With a little command line magic, you can find those passwords, too.

First, open the command prompt as admin from the hidden quick access menu.

cmd prompt admin

When the Command Prompt comes up Type: netsh wlan show profiles 

Hit Enter and that will bring up a list of the networks you’ve connected to previously — under the User Profiles section shown below.

User profiles

Type: netsh wlan show profile name=Profile-Name key=clear

Note that “Profile-Name” is whichever network from the list that you need to know the password.

For example, in the screenshot below I typed: netsh wlan show profile name=TP-LINK_7435 key=clear

command

Scroll down a bit and under the Security Settings section you’ll see the password listed as Key Content.

security settings

These tips should help you find the Wi-Fi passwords when you need them without the need for installing a third-party utility.

If you have any other suggestions or questions, let us know in the comment section below or join our free Windows 10 Forums for in-depth discussion on all things Windows 10.

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3 Responses to Windows 10 Tip: Find Your Wi-Fi Network Passwords

  1. Jim Autrey January 6, 2016 at 9:51 am #

    This doesn’t seem to work if the Authentication is not Personal. If it is Enterprise or Open, there is no parameter Key Content. So, hotel connections and your company connections are probably safe from this useful tip.

  2. cliff andersen January 27, 2016 at 11:18 am #

    ok i have carried out your instructions and found that after

    Security key present
    ———————— this next line is blank i.e. no key

    what does this mean?

  3. Fahad Soomro October 23, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

    Thanks, your article is very helpful.

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