How to see WiFi passwords

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Preliminary information

Before getting to the heart of the tutorial, by going to find out what are the exact steps that must be taken for see Wi-Fi passwords, there is some preliminary information, in this regard, which it is my duty to provide to you to make sure everything runs smoothly.


To begin with, keep in mind that you try to find the password of your wireless network it is, of course, a legal practice. On the other hand, the situation is different when trying to intervene on networks of others: in this case, in fact, acting without asking the legitimate owner's permission represents a serious breach of privacy and can even represent a crime.


Based on the above, I invite you to put into practice the instructions contained in this guide only to try to recover the lost password of your Wi-Fi network. It is absolutely not my intention to encourage illegitimate activities, so I take no responsibility for the use you may decide to make of the indications in this tutorial.

Furthermore, if you allow me, I would like to offer you a small but valuable suggestion: to avoid, in the future, losing your wireless network password again, as well as any other access keys, consider using a password manager, that is a program that allows you to store sensitive data by protecting them with a single master password. For more details on this, I refer you to reading my guide on how to keep passwords.

How to see WiFi passwords from PC

Let's find out now how to see the Wi-Fi password from PC. Below, therefore, you will find explained how it is necessary to proceed both on Windows 10 that of MacOS.



How to see Windows 10 WiFi passwords

Windows 10 it allows you to memorize the passwords used to access known wireless networks, so as not to have to enter them from time to time, and allows you to go back to this data as regards active connections.

If this is useful for you, to recover the Wi-Fi password, then right-click on thenetwork icon (Quella with him Wi-Fi cleats) located in the lower right corner of the taskbar and choose the item Open Network and Sharing Center give the menu to compare.

In the new window that is shown to you on the screen, click on the wireless network name of your interest (in correspondence with the item Internet). In the further window that is shown to you, then click on the button Details and select the scheda Safety.

Once you have completed the above steps, you will be able to view the password of the Wi-Fi network you are currently connected to, in correspondence with the wording Network security key. If the password is not visible, to fix it, check the box next to the wording Show characters.

How to see Mac WiFi passwords

I use a Mac? So, to see the Wi-Fi password, you can take advantage Portachiavi access: the application included “as standard” in MacOS to view passwords and various sensitive data saved on the computer and other devices associated with the same iCloud account on which the ICloud Keychain.


So, start Keychain Access by selecting the relevant key icon (Quella with il bunch of keys) found in the folder Other of the Launchpad. In the window that is shown to you on the screen, then click on the item System located in the menu Keychains on the left, then click on the item Password placed in the menu Category.


Next, double-click the connection name whose security key you want to find out in the list on the right, select the tab Attributes and check the box next to the item Show the password.

Finally, in the additional window that appears, type the name of your user account on the Mac and the Password associated with it, click on the button Allow, check the box next to the item Show the password and you will be able to view the password in clear text in the adjacent field.

How to see WiFi passwords from mobile

Now let's go find out instead how to see the Wi-Fi password from your mobile, more precisely from Android and iPhone. You will find listed below the operations you must perform to succeed in the enterprise.

How to see Android WiFi passwords

If you have a smartphone (or tablet) Android, you can use the app to see the password of wireless networks that you have accessed from your device in the past WiFi Key Recovery. It is free and is able to flawlessly fulfill the purpose in question.


The only thing you need to keep in mind is that in order to use it correctly it is essential that the device in use has been root, that is the procedure that allows to acquire the administrator permissions in the system and therefore to perform various operations that usually would not be allowed, including access to protected files.

The root, mind you, is not always difficult to implement, but the procedure differs from device to device and can also result in the loss of data on the mobile phone as well as invalidating the warranty. For more information on this, I recommend reading my guide specifically dedicated to how to root on Android.


That said, to download WiFi Key Recovery on your device, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and press the button Install. Then, start the app by tapping the button apri comparso sullo schermo oppure selecting the relative icon which has just been added on the home screen or in the drawer.

Now that you see the main application screen, grant WiFi Key Recovery the necessary permissions for the superuser, then consult the list of Wi-Fi networks to which you are logged in and identify the one you are interested in. If you can't find the Wi-Fi network you are interested in, you can help yourself via the search field at the top.

Finally, click on wireless network name and, in the new screen that will be shown to you, you will find the password associated with the chosen connection indicated in correspondence with the item psk.

How to see iPhone WiFi password

If what you're interested in is seeing the password you used to connect to Wi-Fi from your own iPhone (or fromiPad, it makes no difference), I inform you that to do this you must use the program, even in this case Portachiavi access of macOS and you need to make sure that your device has the ICloud Keychain, the Apple service through which login and credit card data stored on iOS / iPadOS and macOS can be stored and synchronized on the cloud.

You can check the availability of iCloud Keychain on your device, go to the menu Settings> [your photo]> iCloud> Keychain. If this is active, you will be able to retrieve the password of the network of your interest through the application Portachiavi access macOS, proceeding in the same way as I indicated in the step dedicated to how to see the Wi-Fi password on Mac.

How to see WiFi passwords from router

If trying to see the Wi-Fi password from your devices you are not successful, you can try to retrieve it directly from the router. How? First, by checking the device documentation. If you have not changed the default password, the access key to the Wi-Fi network may in fact be written in the instruction manual of the appliance or on one of the Labels affixed to the bottom of the same.

You can also find your wireless network password by logging in to administration panel of the router and getting the data you need from there. To do this, start the browser you usually use to browse the Internet from your computer (eg. Chrome) and linked to the address 192.168.1.1 oppure all'indirizzo 192.168.0.1, which are the IP default for most routers. If neither address seems to work, find out which one is correct by following the instructions in my guide on how to access the router.

If you are asked to type a combination of username e Password to enter the router management panel, try with admin / admin or admin / password, which are the most used predefined combinations of all. If they do not work, consult the manual of the device or try to follow the instructions in my tutorial on how to see the modem password.

Once logged in, look for the entry for Wi-Fi configuration or to Wi-Fi security and you will find the wireless network password indicated next to the network name (theSSID).

Note that if you are using a router with support for 5GHz (dual-band) networks, you may have different passwords for the network in question and for the 2.4GHz network. If so, once logged into the administration panel of the router, go to both the menu with the settings of the 2.4GHz wireless network than in the one with the settings of the 5GHz wireless network.

I'm sorry I can't be more precise in my directions, but the menus and items to select may vary depending on the make and model of router. If you can't find your way into your router's menu, try looking for the options related to the Wi-Fi configuration in the device manual or consult the following specific tutorials I wrote.

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