How to view the password of a Wi-Fi network, in Windows

Do you have Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 installed on your laptop or 2-in-1 device? Have you forgotten the password for your Wi-Fi network? Are you connected to it and you need to find the password that was used to connect in the first place? If that’s the case, then you are in the right spot. In this guide, we will share how to find the password for your wireless network connection, in just four steps:

NOTE: This guide applies to Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. While there are other methods that work just in Windows 7 or just in Windows 10, this method works in all three operating systems. All you have to do is follow the procedure we shared.

Step 1. Open the Control Panel

The first step is to open the Control Panel.

If you don’t know how, here are some guides to help you:

For Windows 7 we don’t have a guide yet. All you have to do is click the Start button and then the Control Panel entry in the Start Menu.

Step 2. Open the Network Connections window

The next step is to open the Network Connections window. To access it, first go to Network and Internet.

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Then go to Network and Sharing Center.

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NOTE: To learn more about the Network and Sharing Center and all the ways for accessing it, read this detailed tutorial: What is the Network and Sharing Center in Windows?.

In the left column, click or tap ”Change adapter settings”.

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This opens the Network Connections window, where you see the available network adapters and network connections.

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Step 3. Open the Properties window of your wireless network connection

The next step is to open the Properties window for the wireless network connection that you are using.

To do that, in the Network Connections window look for the wireless network card that is found on your Windows computer or device. It will have in its name the term “Wireless or “WiFi". Double click or double tap on it. This opens the Wi-Fi Status window, where you can view the status and some properties for your wireless network connection.

Another method is to right-click or press and hold the wireless network card. In the contextual menu that is displayed, press Status.

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In the Wi-Fi Status window you can see the status and some basic properties of your wireless network connection, like its speed or signal quality. To view more Properties of the wireless network connection, click or tap “Wireless Properties.

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This opens a window with the properties of your wireless network connection, where you can see the password that Windows uses to connect to it.

Step 4. View the password of your wireless network connection

To view the Wi-Fi password, click or tap the Security tab in the wireless network properties window.

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Here you can see the security type of the wireless network connection that you are using, its encryption type and the network security key. This is where the password information is stored. However, the password is shown as bullets. To view it, check the “Show characters box.

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When you are done, click or tap OK and then close the Wi-Fi Status and Network Connections  windows.

Conclusion

As you can see, viewing the password of your active wireless network is done relatively easily. All it takes are the steps described in this guide. If you have issues with viewing the password for your wireless network, don’t hesitate to use the comments form below.

About the Author: Ciprian Adrian Rusen
I love technology and I work in IT for more than a decade. I am the co-founder of Digital Citizen and its chief editor. Alongside my work as an editor, I am also an author. I have written and published 7 books, most of them about Microsoft products and technologies. They are translated into more than 12 languages. In 2014, I have been recognized by Microsoft for my technical expertise and involvement in the community with the title of Microsoft MVP - Windows Consumer Expert.