How to find your Wi-Fi password?

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Question

Issue: How to find your Wi-Fi password?

Hello. For many years my wi-fi was connecting to my devices automatically without any password, but I got a roommate now and have no idea what the password is or how to connect the new device to the network without it besides the Ethernet cord. He is going to move in soon, and I still don't know how to find my Wi-Fi password. I have an Android phone and a Windows laptop connected to the network at the moment. Can you help and at least move me in the right direction?  

Solved Answer

It may be difficult to find your Wi-Fi password when you have forgotten it and your friends need to connect to the internet or new device cannot access the Wi-Fi. Users[1] search for solutions online pretty often because automatically connected devices don't require to re-enter the password that may be reset to the default one or come too difficult to recall. 

In most cases, people connect their all devices once, and then there is no need to enter the password repeatedly, so this is a common issue that is not specific for any operating system.[2] It also comes in question when you are connected to the Wi-Fi with one device, but need to access the web from the other. 

You can find your Wi-Fi password on various devices and networks if you have a device that is connected to the internet. There is no need to disable anything or affect the settings of the machine. You can easily track the password from the router's settings and read the password. If some of these methods fail, you can also restore the factory default passwords and change it then to a simpler one. How to find your Wi-Fi password 

How to find your Wi-Fi password

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When you want to find your Wi-Fi password, you should determine if the password used is the stock password or the one that you already changed yourself. Routers' documents and the back of the device should contain the default password, so you don't need to check around too much. If that is not the case, you need additional methods. However, before you interfere with any settings, check the system for issues regarding system files or affected parts of the computer with PC repair tool Reimage that can fix those things if anything occurs. This program can detect PUPs[3] too.

Check your router to find your default Wi-Fi password

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The easiest steps can be to check the back of the router or the side where the sticker is placed. On the informational list, the password is also displayed. Each router has its own default password that, in most cases, is randomly made from various characters.

Find your Wi-Fi password on Windows

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  • Click the Wi-Fi icon at the bottom and choose to Change the settings options.
  • Choose Network & Internet settings of the menu.
  • Then go to Network Connections and right-click on the Wi-Fi adapter in the list.
  • Then go Status and Wireless Properties.
  • Click the Security tab and mark the checkbox Show characters.Find your Wi-Fi password on Windows

Find your Wi-Fi password on Mac

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  • Press Command and Space buttons at the same time to open the Spotlight search.
  • Type Keychain Access. Press Enter.
    Keychain access
  • Launch the Keychain Access application.
  • Choose Passwords.
  • Find the name of your network on the list.
  • Click it and then choose Info (i) button.
  • Choose Show Password.
    One click on the checkbox and you see the password

Find your Wi-Fi password on Android

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  • Go to Settings and find Network&Internet options.
  • Choose Wi-Fi and tap Share button to see the password.

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Ugnius Kiguolis
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Ugnius Kiguolis is the founder and editor-in-chief of UGetFix. He is a professional security specialist and malware analyst who has been working in IT industry for over 20 years.

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