How to Find Your Wireless Network Password

Ever wonders how can you find laptop/desktop Wireless Network Password?
Here is how.


From your Router

Some wireless router manufacturers set a default security key or password which may be on the bottom of your router or in the router’s documentation. Look for the following terms:
Security Key
Wireless Key
WPA Key
WPA2 Key
WEP Key

Alternative if you have a computer that can connect to the Internet, you can find the password by doing the following:

  • Open a web browser.
  • Enter the IP address for your wireless router into the search bar (for example, 192.168.0.1). Look for your router’s default IP address in your router documentation or online.
  • Enter the user name and password to open your router’s configuration webpage. Most router documentation includes the default user name and password, or is written underneath the box, ulternative download and run RouterPassView from nirsoft.net.
  • On the configuration webpage, look for a wireless or wireless settings option.
  • Now, look for a security or wireless encryption setting. The security key (sometimes called a network key, a passphrase, or a network password) should be listed nearby.

Note: Different router manufacturers have different settings pages. If you can’t find the wireless security key, contact the router manufacturer.

Connect to a wireless network without a password

If your router supports Windows Connect Now (WCN) or Wi Fi Protected Setup (WPS), you can connect to your wireless network without entering a password. Here’s how:

  • From the Start screen, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap or click Settings.
    (If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Settings.)
  • Tap or click the wireless network icon Wireless network icon.
  • Tap or click the network you want to connect to, then tap or click Connect.
  • Press the Wi Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button on the router. The router will automatically set up your device to connect to the network and apply the network’s security settings (you won’t be prompted for a wireless network password).

From Software

WirelessKeyView a freeware portable software tool, that recovers all wireless network security keys/passwords (WEP/WPA) stored in your computer by the ‘Wireless Zero Configuration’ service of Windows XP or by the ‘WLAN AutoConfig’ service of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2008. It allows you to easily save all keys to text/html/xml file, or copy a single key to the clipboard. You can also export your wireless keys into a file and import these keys into another computer.

  • Download the software form the vendors website (nirsoft.net).
  • Extract the zip downloaded file.
  • Run WirelessKeyView as administrator (no installation is needed as is a portable application). After the window is opened, it will display detail of a network or some WiFi networks.
  • Identify your WiFi network under Network Name (SSID) column.
  • Look on the Key (Ascii) for the password.

It allows you to easily save all keys to text/html/xml file, or copy a single key to the clipboard. You can also export your wireless keys into a file and import these keys into another computer.
It is compatible with Windows XP OS with Service Pack 3, including Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. When is used with Windows XP Service Pack 1 and 2, you will just able to export only.

Note: Before running WirelessKeyView, turn your antivirus off, since some antivirus programs detect this software as Trojan or Virus. It does not work for Mac OS X

From your Device

If you have a computer running Windows that is connected to your wireless network, you can find the password by doing the following:

From Windows 7:

  • Click the wireless network icon on the taskbar (lower-right corner).
  • Right-click your wireless network name, and then select Properties.
  • Select Show characters to see the wireless network password.

From Windows 8:

  • From the Start screen, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings.
    (If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Settings.)
  • Tap or click the wireless network icon Wireless network icon.
  • Tap and hold or right click on a wireless network name, and then choose View connection properties.
  • Select Show characters to see the wireless network password.

From Windows 8.1:

  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Settings.
    (If you’re using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)
  • Tap or click the network icon (Wireless network icon) for the network you want to connect to, then tap or click Connect.
  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap or click Search.
  • In the search box, enter view network connections, and in the search results tap or click View network connections.
  • In the Network Connections window, press and hold or right-click the network name, then tap or click Status.
  • Tap or click the Wireless Properties button.
  • Tap or click the Security tab, and tap or click the Show characters check box.
  • The password for the wireless network is displayed in the Network security key field.

From Mac:

Note: For this option to work, your Mac must have been previously (or is currently) connected to the wireless network. You must also know the administrator password for the Mac Administrator account.

  • Click Go on the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  • Select the Applications menu, and then select Utilities.
  • Select Keychain Access.
  • When the Keychain list is populated, sort the list by “Name”.
  • Locate the name of the wireless router that you are trying to connect your Xbox console to. Alternatively, you can use the search box to narrow the results.
  • Double-click the wireless network that you are trying to find the wireless password for, and then check Show password to reveal the password.

Resetting the Router

If none of the above is not working the the last method is to reset your router.

  • Find the router reset button (typically located on the back of the router, near the ports. You may need to use a paper clip to push the button).
  • Press and hold the reset button for about 10 seconds until all the lights start flashing. This will ensure that the router completely resets.
  • The lights on the router should flash to indicate the the router has been reset.
  • Once the router has been reset, you can log in using the default login information and reconfigure your wireless network.

Note: For some ISP username and password is needed to connect to the internet, please make sure you have this details in hand before resetting the router.

Please leave your comments below with your thoughts or alternative methods.

Nik

Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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