How To Know A Wi-Fi Password on Your Mac?

Everyone in this digital world should have a password for a Wi-Fi network to protect it from unauthorized usage and also for your device security. However, connecting every time to your Wi-Fi and entering the password for the same can be irritating. Wouldn’t be great if you come to know that your computer has it saved somewhere?

Back from various OS X versions, the passwords on macOS have always been stored in an app by the name Keychain Access. Well, if you have iCloud Keychain enabled, then you can look for the Wi-Fi network passwords that you have connected to via iPhone or iPad as well as Mac.

Well, in this post, we will talk about how to use it to know a Wi-Fi password on your Mac and Windows.

How To Show a Wi-Fi password on macOS?

Before moving to steps to know a Wi-Fi password saved on your Mac, you must know about the place where Mac stores the password, Keychain Access.

What is Keychain Access?

Keychain access is a macOS app which keeps your passwords and account info in short, works as a password manager. Whenever you go to website, email account or network server, you will be asked to keep or store the password for future use. The password saved is stored in Keychain, so you don’t have to input the password the next you login. As Keychain Access keeps all the credentials save and secure, you can keep each password more difficult to crack. To make sure that your passwords and confidential information stored in keychain stays safe, don’t forget to setup a login password for Mac. Besides this, you can use the app to manage certificates, issues by reliable companies to authentic digital documents, websites and more.

Keychain Access is synced with iCloud keychain which makes you access keychains with other devices. You need to sign in to iCloud with Apple ID, if you want to manage iCloud keychain.

Steps To Find Wi-Fi Password On Your Mac:

Step 1: Locate Spotlight search (magnifying glass) from the top right corner of Mac menu bar or open it by pressing Command and Spacebar.

Step 2: Type keychain access to open it.

Step 3: When you will open Keychain Access, you need to locate Passwords from lower left hand side of the window.

Step 4: Now type the description for the Wi-Fi for which you need a password in the search box located at the upper right side.

Step 5: Once you have located it, double click Wi-Fi network connection, for you want to check the password.

Step 6: Now put a checkmark beside Show Password (you will be prompted to enter Username and Password which you use to login on your Mac).

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How To Show a Wi-Fi password on Windows?

Follow these steps to find your Wi-Fi password, so you can input it on any other device or PC and connect to your Wi-Fi Network.

  • You can follow the steps depending on Windows OS version installed on your computer.

Windows 10:

  • Click Start button, then click on Settings.

  • Now from Settings window, locate Network & Internet.

  • Navigate to Status and then go to Network and Sharing Center.

  • In Network and Sharing Center window, click Connections, then choose your Wi-Fi network name.

  • Under Wi-Fi Status, Click on Wireless Properties.

  • Under Wireless Network Properties, go to Security tab and put a checkmark beside Show characters.
  • You will get Wi-Fi network password shown in the box named Network Security key.

Windows 8.1 or 7:

  • Go to search box, type Network and Sharing and click Network and Sharing Center.
  • On Network and Sharing Center window, locate and click Connections, then choose your Wi-Fi Network name.
  • On Wi-Fi Status page, Click Wireless Properties.
  • Under Wireless Network Properties, go to Security tab & put a checkmark beside Show Characters.
  • You will get Wi-Fi network password shown in the box named Network Security key.

So, in this way, you can get to know a Wi-Fi Password on your Mac or Windows.  Try it and let us know if it worked for you in the comments below. If you know any of other ways to find Wi-Fi network password in Windows/Mac, then write down in the comments below.

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