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, 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.
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
The command prompt makes several tasks easy, 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.
We’re going to create a simple batch file 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.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Open Windows Search and type Notepad
- Right-click the Notepad icon
- Click Run as Administrator
- 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.
Once you have this information, there are several easy ways to share WiFi passwords with friends.
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
- 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.
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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