Have you forgotten your WiFi Password? Do you not have access to the router admin interface? Do you need to connect to another PC? If yes, follow this guide to find the wifi password on windows with or without admin.
Previously, accessing the internet on our PCs was not as simple as now. Modems were the primary means we connected to the internet on our computers. However, the tables have shifted dramatically, as the most recent offerings in the world of laptops and computers include the Windows 11/10 operating system, which requires a WIFI Internet connection.
The most prominent way to access a WiFi network is by using a password. Still, we don’t necessarily remember our WiFi passwords because our PCs log in to our WiFi automatically once connected. One more reason contributes to forgetting our passwords: most users tend to use random strong passwords (which you should as well) that we frequently forget.
Don’t worry. Windows 11/10 offers multiple ways by which we can recover or view our passwords. Today, in this guide, we’ll show you how to find WiFi passwords on Windows 11/10.
How To Find WiFi Password on Windows with or without Admin
In case you don’t remember the WiFi password of your Windows 11/10 PC, we’ve dug deep and found three of the best methods to view your saved/unsaved passwords. Our professionals have already tested all the methods that we will discuss.
- WirelessKeyView (Without Admin)
- Command Prompt (with Admin)
- Find Saved WiFi password Using Windows Settings/Control Panel (with Admin)
Make sure to make a note of the password once you find it.
1] WirelessKeyView (Without Admin)
WirelessKeyView is free software from Nirsoft which can recover lost wireless network keys. It means any wifi you have ever connected to your PC can find out the password. The best part is that you don’t need admin permission, and you don’t need to install the software.
Download it from the website, and run the application. It will look at the places where the SSID and password are installed, and reveal it for you. You can also view data such as Adaptoer name, Key Type, GUID, and the type.
2] Find Saved WiFi Password Using CMD (with Admin)
As we said earlier, except the method 1, all the others are comparatively a little bit complicated for finding saved passwords on a system. Using CMD can be a fruitful experience in recovering your passwords, but you must proceed with utter caution as a single wrong step can harm the system.
Below is a brief guide for finding saved WiFi passwords using Command Lines. Before proceeding further, make sure you have administrative rights or admin permissions.
- Go to the Start Menu. In the Windows Search bar, type Command Prompt. Open it.
- When the Command Prompt window opens, write the following command and press Enter.
Netsh wlan show profile name="Wi-F name" key=clear
- In the results, go to the Key Section in the Security settings. Find the WiFi password there.
- You can also check the WiFi passwords of all the networks you’ve ever connected to. To do so, write the command written below, and finally press Enter.
for /f "skip=9 tokens=1,2 delims=:" %i in ('netsh wlan show profiles') do @echo %j | findstr -i -v echo | netsh wlan show profiles %j key=clear
3] Find Saved WiFi password Using Windows Settings/Control Panel (with Admin)
We can use either Windows Settings or Control Panel for the final methods to recover the lost password. Just in case, we’ll be discussing both of the ways with you.
Using Windows Settings
- Open the Start menu, go to Settings, and navigate to Network & Internet
- Go to the Status section present at the top left, and scroll down to find Network and Sharing Center.
- You can see your WiFi name in the View your active networks section.
- Click on the Wireless Properties when the WiFi Status window pops up.
- Finally, go to the Security tab and check the checkbox present next to Show Characters. You can now see your WiFi password.
Using Control Panel
- Open the Run utility by pressing Windows + R. Type cpl on the text field. Press Ok.
- It’ll open the network connection in the control panel directly—Right-click on your WiFi network, and from the context menu, select Status.
- Click on the Wireless Properties in the WiFi Status window.
- Press the Security tab and click on Show Characters to see your lost WiFi password.
It is highly stressful if you forget your WiFi password; it can effectively halt all of your work, affecting your efficiency and productivity. We’ve discussed three primary methods for recovering a lost WiFi password in a Windows 11/10 system to assist you.