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How to see WiFi Password in Windows 10?

Edited By Piyush, Reviewed By Gulshan

Have you ever been stuck in a confusion situation, where there are tons of WiFi networks saved on your Windows 10 laptop either at your home, coffee shops, shopping malls, or even Airports?

Having so many setups may have made your setting cluttered, and you are not able to see the saved password on your laptop.

Without that, you cannot use it on your phone or share the password with someone. This is a very common problem amongst users when they forget a WiFi password or forget to note it down on papers.

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Android phones have an option to easily recover the password to log-in by simply rooting your device. But what about Windows desktops or laptops. Worry not, as we are here to help you find every solution for your queries regarding recovering a WiFi password in your Windows 10 laptop through some quick and easy steps.

For this, you don't have to take any expensive online training class or hire a technician who can charge you plenty of bucks to fix these minor issues- it is extremely easy, and you can do it all by yourself. 

In this article, we will teach you through a step-by-step process on how to see WiFi passwords in Windows 10 computers. This guide will help you understand the whole process easily without needing any prior technical skills or knowledge about computers or softwares.

The tips and tricks that we are about to share are for Windows 10 PC and Laptops but can also work on Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well. So let's get started. 

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Note: For those, who do not know the version of their Windows PC, to find out which version of Windows you are using, first, go to your home screen> select the start menu > settings > About > Device SpecificationsSystem type

1. Recovering through "WiFi Setting"


The new Operating system 10 in windows is considered to be one of the powerful operating systems for windows that allows users to experiment with tons of tricks through their desktops or laptops easily.

The Control Panel settings in Windows can be accessed by directly visiting settings on Windows 10, which is one of the highly configured options on Windows computers that allows you to alter the system settings according to your needs. 

To see your WiFi password, you must be connected to the network you are seeking the password for. Follow the below-mentioned steps:

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    Click on to settings by going to the Start Menu or the settings logo on the bottom left corner of your screen. You can also try clicking the magnifying glass icon located on the bottom left-hand corner of your screen to access the settings or press the Windows key + R Key on your keyboard and then type in ncpa.cpl and hit Enter.
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    Once clicked, a search bar tab will pop up. Type in using your keyboard "WiFi Settings", click Enter.
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    After entering, you will see a new tab before you. Scroll down until you see an option called "Network and Sharing Centre" which is a network adapter under the WiFi option. Click it to continue further. 
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    In your next step, you will see an option called "Connections" on the right-hand side of your screen, click on it and select "Wireless Properties".
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  1. 5
    A new tab will now pop-up with options showing connections and security. Click on "security", and you can see your WiFi user id and password (written in dots or star letters). To view your password, tick "show characters". Now, your password is visible, and you can easily see and share your saved password with others.
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2. Using Windows CMD


If you are trying to figure out a WiFi password saved previously on your laptop or a WiFi network which is out of range, then you can use Windows in-built CMD to see or recover your password.

CMD is a command application for Windows that allows coding to execute an operation. The command prompt can easily allow you to find all your passwords using simple language coding that is easy to understand.

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    On your home screen, you will see a magnifying glass icon on the bottom left corner of your screen. Click on it.
  2. 2
    After clicking, type in "CMD".
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    Open the Command Prompt application by right-clicking on it and then, "run it as an administrator".
  4. 4
    Now, a small black-coloured tab will open on your screen asking you to fill in the commands.
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    Type in the following commands: "netsh WLAN show profile".
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    The command will now list all the WiFi profiles which were previously connected to the device. To  generate or reveal the password of your desired network, type in the specific command: netsh WLAN show profile "NETWORK NAME" key= clear

Now, you can see your desired WiFi Network password in "key content" under the security settings option.

Note: replace the "NETWORK NAME" command with the name of the network that you desire to log in with and find all the required details and password about your network. 

3. Using A Third-Party Tool Or Application


Situations like this often arrive, when you are unable to retrieve a password of the WiFi networks that you previously used on your Windows 10 PC /laptop or having difficulty navigating Windows 10.

If you don't know how to change settings to access your WiFi passwords or using CMD fearing that you might ruin your computer, then worry not as there are hundreds of online and offline tools available for you to buy or download for free using a different PC.

A widely used application is known as WiFi Password Revealer, which is available for free for users to download easily that allows you to see your previously saved WiFi password in just a few clicks.

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    Click on the following link to download your program for free: WIFI Password Revealer 
  2. 2
    Once the file has been downloaded, click on install to save it on your computer.
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  1. 3To install the file, a new tab will pop-up on your screen or directly open the file, using your browser such as "Google Chrome.
  2. 4
    The new tab will ask you to select a language on which you are comfortable with. Choose your language and click "Ok" to continue to your next step.
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  1. 5
    The software will now ask you to agree on their terms and conditions to use the application. Click on " I accept the agreement" and select "Next". 
  2. 6
    Select your destination, which simply means in which drive to want to save your file that you want to install. On default, it will show you to save it on your "C:" drive.
  3. 7
    You can change it according to your needs and storage space by clicking on "browse" to change your destination folder. Once done, hit "Next"  to continue further.
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  1. 8
    The application will now ask for permission to create a desktop icon for easy access to use the tool, click on it, and proceed to install. After installing, click Finish to start using the tool.
  2. 9
    Finally, the application will Auto-Open, revealing all the WiFi Networks that you have previously used on your Windows 10 desktop /Laptop with their passwords, so that you can write it down somewhere or use them again. 

Please note that the WiFi password which is shown has been used by the computer in the past, in case of a new password or if the Network user has changed the password to something new, you won't be able to access it through this application.

Conclusion

Windows operating systems are built in such a way that it allows users to configure the system with just some knowledge on codings easily or directly by accessing settings. The mentioned methods will definitely help you solve your problem regarding WiFi networks.

It is recommended to users that they should always download the software using desired and genuine sources or should visit Microsoft's official website to download the latest version of Windows drivers to avoid any malfunctioning. 

So, stay tuned for more such easy and detailed guides to commonly occurring tech-related issues. Don't forget to check our other articles, as we will come up with more tips and tricks with complete solutions to all your queries for not only Windows but for Mac operating systems too.

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Piyush Kashyap is a Ph.D student at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. He is a budding editor/ writer and has been working as a part-time reviewer for online content. He loves to read tech-based articles and has a knack for reviewing such articles He likes to stay updated about the latest trends in technology. He has also been working as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He also writes articles based on science. Know More About Piyush


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