Have you forgot your Wi-Fi password? Steps on how to find it on Windows, Mac laptops

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One of the most annoying thing to happen to people is forgetting their WiFi passwords which had earlier been used to connect to a connection. We tend to connect a number of Wi-Fi networks in our daily chores and it is practically impossible to remember all of them.

However, we have some good news as there are ways one can find your Wi-Fi password on your Windows or Mac laptops:


If a user is connected to a Wi-Fi network from a Windows laptop or desktop PC, Windows will automatically remember that Wi-Fi network’s password. Hence, the users can look up the Wi-Fi password on any Windows computer which is connected to a network.

All one needs to do is to head to the Network and Sharing Center in the Control Panel and then right-click on the Wireless Network icon which is present in the taskbar. After this, click on the “Open Network and Sharing Center” option.

Once this is done, proceed to click on the name of the current Wi-Fi connection and then click on the “Wireless Properties” button in the Wi-Fi Status window. After this, all one needs to do it you select the ‘Security’ tab and then click on activate the ‘Show characters’ checkbox to view the hidden password.


Now, if you are on a Mac laptop which is currently connected to a Wi-Fi network or was previously connected to it, all you need to do is press Command+Space buttons which will open the Spotlight search dialogue box. Following this, type “terminal” to open the Terminal window.

There is a command line where you need to enter this command: security find-generic-password -wa Wi-Fi name.

Once this is done, you have to replace Wi-Fi name with the name of the Wi-Fi that you find the password for. The final step is when you enter the Mac’s username and password to gain access to the OS X keychain and the Wi-FI network password which you can see on the PC’s screen in plain text.

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