What is my Wi-Fi password? Extracting Wi-Fi passwords from Windows
If you’ve saved a Wi-Fi password into Windows as part of connecting to the network, and need to extract it at a later date (e.g. for use in another device), you’ll be pleased to know that Windows gives you a way to extract saved Wi-Fi passwords. You just need to have administrator rights on the device.
Extracting the current Wi-Fi network password
If you’re currently connected to the Wi-Fi network that you need to extract the password for, this is the easiest method to extract the Wi-Fi password from Windows:
- Left-click on the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray (icons in the clock in Windows) and choose “Network & Internet settings”
- Choose “Change adapter options”
- From the list of connections, right-click the “Wireless Network Connection” that you are currently connected to (those not connected will have a red cross and “Not connected” stated against them), and choose “Properties”
- Choose “Wireless Properties”
- Go to the “Security” tab
- Tick the “Show characters” checkbox, to unmask the password for the currently connected Wi-Fi network
It is best to choose “Cancel” to exit this window, to avoid accidentally overwriting the password saved in your computer for this Wi-Fi network.
Extracting another Wi-Fi network password
If you aren’t currently connected to the Wi-Fi network that you need to extract the password for, you will need to use the Command Prompt to extract the Wi-Fi password from Windows:
- Open Command Prompt (press the Windows key, and type “cmd” and select “Command Prompt”
- Run the below command to display all Wi-Fi networks saved to this PC:
netsh wlan show profiles
- Identify and note the exact name of the relevant Wi-Fi network you wish to extract the password for. The name to note is to the right of the semi-colon
C:\Users\Artexic>netsh wlan show profiles Profiles on interface Wireless Network Connection: Group policy profiles (read only) --------------------------------- <None> User profiles ------------- All User Profile : MyHomeWifi All User Profile : Linksys0123 All User Profile : Galaxy A403545 All User Profile : BTHub4-72FG C:\Users\Artexic>
- Run the below command to display the details of the Wi-Fi network, including the password. Change “myhomewifi” for the exact name from the previous command output.
netsh wlan show profile name=”MyHomeWifi” key=clear
- Look through the output. Under “Security settings”, there is a “Key Content” attribute which will show you the saved password for this connection. In the example below “Bell#37Higher” is the Wi-Fi password.
C:\Users\Artexic>netsh wlan show profile name="MyHomeWifi" key=clear Profile MyHomeWifi on interface Wireless Network Connection: ======================================================================= Applied: All User Profile Profile information ------------------- Version : 1 Type : Wireless LAN Name : MyHomeWifi Control options : Connection mode : Connect automatically Network broadcast : Connect only if this network is broadcasting AutoSwitch : Do not switch to other networks MAC Randomization : Disabled Connectivity settings --------------------- Number of SSIDs : 1 SSID name : "MyHomeWifi" Network type : Infrastructure Radio type : [ Any Radio Type ] Vendor extension : Not present Security settings ----------------- Authentication : WPA2-Personal Cipher : CCMP Authentication : WPA2-Personal Cipher : GCMP Security key : Present Key Content : Bell#37Higher Cost settings ------------- Cost : Unrestricted Congested : No Approaching Data Limit : No Over Data Limit : No Roaming : No Cost Source : Default C:\Users\Artexic>