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How to find saved Wi-Fi passwords on your Windows 10 PC

A reader asks:

“How do I see a Wi-Fi password on a Windows 10 PC?”

If you are trying to see the password for the network that you’re currently connected to, follow these steps:

  • Right-click the network icon on the toolbar and select “open network and sharing center.”
  • In the resulting window, click “Change adapter settings,” right-click on the Wi-Fi network, and select “status” on the drop-down menu.
  • In the resulting pop-up window, select “Wireless Properties,” then click on the Security tab.
  • You should see a check box beside “show characters.” Check this box to reveal your password. (Note: Windows 10 refers to this as a network security key instead of a password.)

If you’re looking up a Wi-Fi network that is out of range, you’ll have to use a command prompt, which is easier than it sounds:

  • Open command prompt, and run it as an administrator.
  • Then, type the following command:

netsh wlan show profile

  • This command will list every Wi-Fi profile that you’ve ever connected to. To reveal the password of a specific network, type the following command, substituting “NETWORK NAME” with the Wi-Fi network you’re looking up:

netsh wlan show profile “NETWORK NAME” key=clear

You’ll see your Wi-Fi password in ‘key content,’ under security settings.

This tip was originally published on IDG Answers, a reader-powered help desk for answering tech questions. 

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