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Once your laptop is connected to WiFi, you feel no reason to remember the password. Until you need to connect another device or change your code. What’s the password again? Don’t worry, it’s easy to find out and even change it if the situation demands.

It’s not hard to crack a WiFi network How Easy Is It to Crack a Wi-Fi Network? How Easy Is It to Crack a Wi-Fi Network? Whether you're a computer novice or a pro-level geek, you probably have some idea about Wifi security. You know that you need to have some kind of password, and you also know that there's a... Read More , so it’s best practice to change your password often. Make a secure password with lots of special characters and a long string. In fact, security expert Troy Hunt says the best password is the one you can’t remember. But when someone else needs to log in, you need that password!

There are also plenty of other reasons you might need to know your WiFi password or change it. Maybe someone has reset the router, or perhaps you want to turn a Windows PC into a temporary hotspot Turn Windows Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot & Share Your Internet Connection Turn Windows Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot & Share Your Internet Connection You've got an Internet connection via a network cable. Can you wirelessly share that connection with other devices? Can you make your Windows computer run like a WiFi router? In short: Yes! Read More .

Whatever the reason, there comes a time when you need to look up your password. There are two basic ways to find it: through the command prompt and through the Windows interface.

The Forever Way to Find Your WiFi Password

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The command prompt makes several tasks easy 7 Common Tasks The Windows Command Prompt Makes Quick & Easy 7 Common Tasks The Windows Command Prompt Makes Quick & Easy Don't let the command prompt intimidate you. It's simpler and more useful than you expect. You might be surprised by what you can accomplish with just a few keystrokes. Read More , and in the case of WiFi passwords, you can use it to make a one-time solution which you can check any time in the future.

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We’re going to create a simple batch file How to Write a Simple Batch (BAT) File How to Write a Simple Batch (BAT) File Batch files can automate everyday computer tasks. We'll show you how batch files work and teach you the basics. By the end of this article, you'll have written your first batch file. Read More that will show us our password any time. It looks complicated, but that’s only because we’ve broken down each step. The whole procedure takes two minutes and you won’t be breaking anything doing this.

You will need to know your WiFi network’s name, a.k.a SSID. We hope you chose a great name for your wireless network Trip Up A Nerd With These WiFi Network & Computer Names Trip Up A Nerd With These WiFi Network & Computer Names Network and computer names are visible to anyone within the respective environment. Hence they make great subjects for sending messages, confusing other people in the network, or showing off your geekiness. Why use a default... Read More .

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Open Windows Search and type Notepad
  • Right-click the Notepad icon
  • Click Run as Administrator

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  • Paste the following text into the notepad file:echonetsh wlan show profile name=“INSERT_SSID_HERE” key=clearpause
  • Replace INSERT_SSID_HERE with the name of your WiFi network (keep the quotes)
  • Click File > Save As
  • Click Text Documents (*.txt) and from the dropdown, select All Files
  • In the File name field, type: Find-My-WiFi-Password.bat
  • Click Save

Now when you are connected to your wireless network, you can double-click this file to fire up a command prompt that shows your current password. Look for the field that says “Key Content”, that’s your password.

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Once you have this information, there are several easy ways to share WiFi passwords with friends Easily Share Your Home Wi-Fi With Friends Easily Share Your Home Wi-Fi With Friends Do you use a complicated password for your Wi-Fi network? You should. But sharing your connection with friends shouldn't be a pain. Don't worry, we've got you covered. Read More .

However, you can’t change your password with this method, you can only see it.

Find It and Change It

If creating a BAT file is too difficult for you, then there’s a simpler way—but it involves several clicks every time.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Open the Run command with the keyboard shortcut Win Key + R
  • Type ncpa.cpl in the box and hit Enter

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  • You will see all your network adapters. Right-click your WiFi connection and click Status
  • Click Wireless Properties > Security tab > check the Show Characters box.

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You can now see your current WiFi password, and you can even change it if you need to. It’s really that simple.

What’s Your Funny WiFi SSID or Password?

Enough of the technical stuff, let’s have some fun. Do you have a humourous name or password for your wireless network? Tell us!

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  1. Arun Chandran
    August 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    my wifi got into hidden network how to find the user name and password

  2. Arun Chandran
    August 29, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    hi my got into hidden network .how to find the network name and password

  3. Riya
    June 9, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Thank you!
    Cheers I did it!
    changing my wifi password was really very simple
    thanx once again :)

  4. rock
    February 13, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I have a wifi but i dont know the password. It is directly connected to my pc through ethernet cable which doesnt require user id and password. moreever my pc doesnt have wifi drivers.how can i find the user id and password of my wifi? plz help me out

  5. Ranee Tedford
    July 29, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    hi I'm wondering if I can locate my wifi password on this site for my home wifi because when the tect came to my home to hook up my internet I had to be at the doctor's. So I had my father come to my house, and the tect set up my wifi and put in his own code and I have no idea what it is? And now the only thing that works is my laptop. My t.v. Has been messing up and going in and out when I'm watching a t.v. Show saying its not hooked up to the broadband its got a bad internet connection it won't let me connect on my iPhone nothing and I've called the company and they wanted to charge me to change it! And I told them they was nutts because I wasn't the one who even put the password in to begin with I could understand if I set it up and just forgot it. Then yes I would have paid but in this case no. So I'm sorry for writing you a book here but I'm just really wanting to know if this will work because I've tried everything else for the past 2 weeks and thank the good lord above I came upon your beautiful website so can you please help this poor Indian out?

  6. Lucknat Anthony
    May 23, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Yea me too I what to know how to hack my working place wifi password, I can't access it because the computer runs on administrator and also connect to cable! not wireless

    • Mihir Patkar
      May 25, 2015 at 6:35 am

      We don’t offer advice on doing something you are clearly not intended to do. If you want to hack your wi-fi password, there are plenty of sites that will tell you how to, but we do not condone such behaviour.

  7. haseeb
    May 13, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    i m waiting plzzzzz tell me anyone/.................

  8. haseeb
    May 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    can any person tell me how to i hack password or get password any wifi

    • Mihir Patkar
      May 25, 2015 at 6:25 am

      We don't offer advise on doing something you are clearly not intended to do. If you want to hack your wi-fi password, there are plenty of sites that will tell you how to, but we do not condone such behaviour.

  9. Victor
    February 16, 2015 at 2:07 am

    I don't believe you can CHANGE you password from that location, right? You change the saved password, but the main password controls are still in the router controls if I remember correctly. If you change the saved password you will get authentication problems.

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 17, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Oh no no, not the router password, you can change the password on your computer through the above steps.

  10. gamerzzz
    February 14, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Thanks. You screwed up my connection and now I can't game cuz the old lady next door has teh suck wifi.

    • Mihir Patkar
      May 25, 2015 at 6:27 am

      Not sure what you mean by that. Could you elaborate?

  11. Mihir Patkar
    February 13, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Nope, you need to be first signed in to the Wi-Fi. With these solutions, you can look up the password you have already used to sign in; it won't show you a random password from someone else.

  12. PatL
    February 13, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Does this mean anybody within range can find your password?

  13. Rob
    February 13, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Thx Dave, this way it works now. However, I don't get the line with Key Content in the output.
    Any clues?

    • Lou
      February 13, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      You need to run the .bat as an administrator to get the Key Content

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 13, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Are you running it as administrator?

  14. kl
    February 13, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    is there a way to do this under android? under IOS?

    • Chinmay S
      February 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      1) Open browser in Android/iOS and then enter "192.168.1.1", most probably you will be asked for user and password.

      2) Enter "admin" for user and "admin" for password. There will be a tab named "wireless" or if there isn't, look for something similar.

      3) There will be a field for WiFi password. You can even change the password by entering a new one.

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 13, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Perfect reply, thanks Chinmay!

  15. dave
    February 13, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    There are problems with copy|pasting the text of the .bat file.

    netsh wlan show profile name="ssid-name-here" key=clear
    pause

    Delete the "echo" from the start of the line.
    Change the smart quotes to straight quotes (both ends!)
    pause is on the second line (two lines total)

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 13, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks Dave, fixing this now :)

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