How to Find Saved Wi-Fi Passwords for Past Networks in Windows 10

Saikat Basu 31-03-2017

It can be tough to remember the passwords of all the Wi-Fi networks you’ve connected to and disconnected from in the past. Maybe your corner coffee shop, or the town library, or the passwords for the home networks of your friends and relatives.


You knew them and then forgot. You can always ask for them again, but there’s a no-hassle way to retrieve said Wi-Fi passwords without bugging them. It takes just two steps.

The 2 Steps to Retrieve Any Saved Wi-Fi Password

Step 1. Open the Command Prompt with admin access (this is important) and type in the following command:

netsh wlan show profiles

As you can see below, all Wi-Fi networks you’ve connected to in the past are displayed with their SSID names.

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Step 2. Next, in the same Command Prompt window, type this command:

netsh wlan show profile name="Profile-Name" key=clear

The profile name should be the exact SSID name of the Wi-Fi network you wish to know the password for, and it should be typed without quotes. See the screenshot below to understand the correct format.

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Hit Enter to display the password for the Wi-Fi network you had connected to earlier. Go to Security settings. The field Key Content shows the password.

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If you want to view only the password (Key Content) and not the extraneous details, tweak the command slightly:

netsh wlan show profile "Profile Name" key=clear | findstr Key

I have used Windows 10 to demonstrate the process, but it works on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 too.

How Useful Is It?

We have already seen how to find and change the Wi-Fi password How to Find and Change Your Wi-Fi Password on Windows 10 Need to find or change your Wi-Fi password? Here's how to change and locate your Wi-Fi password on a Windows computer. Read More for the network you are connected to right now. We also know how to view passwords for all the saved Wi-Fi networks on an Android device How to View Passwords for Saved Wi-Fi Networks on Android Ever forget the password for a Wi-Fi network? These Android root-only apps can help. Read More . These tricks come handy when you have to deal with more than a few passwords and your memory can’t keep up.

Are you someone who just can’t remember Wi-Fi passwords? Tell us if you found this old tip useful?

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  1. Robbie Taylor
    December 19, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you for making it so clear, very much appreciated. I needed to get the network password for my son back home whilst I am at my office...

  2. Scott Thompson
    June 26, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    This was REALLY helpful. It helped me find a password from my laptop for a friend who was attending the same camp this year that I went to last year.