How to Find Your Wireless Network Password Without Using a 3rd Party Program
This tip works in Windows 7, Windows 8x, and Windows 10 (all versions)
Everyone should be using a Wi-Fi password for their home network. And most everyone does. And most everyone lets Windows remember that password for them, so they don’t have to type it in every time they want to connect (for example after a restart).
In the modern era, so-to-speak, it’s more likely you’ll need to know your Wi-Fi network name and password to set up another PC, Chromebook, tablet, or smartphone so it can connect to your home Wi-Fi network. If you’re going to be doing this, you’re going to need your Wi-Fi network password. And if you don’t remember what it is, you’ll be fumbling around, wasting time, trying to get those other devices connected.
But you don’t need to do that, I tells ya! It is really easy to find your network password… all you need to know is the name of your network. If you don’t know, you can find it in Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center… or in Windows 10 Creators Update (as well as other versions) in Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi.
Once you know your Wi-Fi network name, all you need to do is enter in a simple command. In just a few seconds you’ll know your network password.
Here’s how you do it:
Step one: Open a command prompt with administrator privileges:
On Windows 7, type CMD in the Start menu search, press Enter, – right-click CMD when it appears at the top, and choose “Run as administrator”.
On Windows 8, press Windows Key + S, type CMD press enter, right-click when it appears, and then choose “Run as administrator”.
On Windows 10, right-click the start button and click on “Command Prompt (Admin)”. If you don’t see Command Prompt (Admin), but you see Windows PowerShell (Admin), here’s how to change PowerShell to Command Prompt and back again with the flip of a switch. Or if you want to be lazy, you can enter the command in PowerShell (Admin) just like Command Prompt (Admin)
Step two: Enter the following command, at the prompt in the Command Prompt window. Make sure you Substitute your Wi-Fi network name for my network name which is OMAHA. Don’t worry — network names are not case sensitive in Windows.
netsh wlan show profile name=OMAHA key=clear
Above: My network password showing in plain text. No! I am not going to let you see it! I blurred it! I don’t want you telling EB and then having here mooch off my Wi-Fi. Are you crazy?
REMEMBER: When typing commands in a Command Prompt or PowerShell window, you must type them exactly as shown – including spaces… OK?