How To View Passwords For WiFi Networks In Windows 10

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If you ever needed to look-up the password to your WiFi network on Windows 7, all you had to do was click the WiFi icon in the system tray, and from the pop-up menu, right-click on the network you wanted to view the password for to get to its properties. Inside the properties window, was a Security tab where you could check the WiFi password. Come Windows 10 and this option, while not lost, has become much harder to access. Here’s how you can view the password for known WiFi networks in Windows 10.

If you click on the WiFi icon in the system tray in Windows 10, a panel opens listing all available networks (known and unknown). You  can only choose a network to connect to but not view the network properties. The network properties is where the password is stored and can be viewed.

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To get to the properties window for the WiFi network you’re currently connected to, right-click the WiFi icon in the system tray and select ‘Open Network and Sharing Center’.

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This will open the Network settings in the Control Panel desktop app. It’s worth mentioning here that the Network & Internet group of settings in the Settings app do not allow you to view WiFi passwords which is a bummer to say the least. It could have been much easier to do this if the option were present in the Settings app.

In the Control Panel desktop app, click the network you’re connected to. It should appear as a link next to the Connections field (see screenshot below).

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Clicking the network will open a Status window for that network. Under the Connection section, click the Wireless Properties button to get to the wireless network properties. Go to the Security tap and click on ‘Show characters’ to view the password.

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  • hgomezc

    Hi… do you know how to view the password of a not connected saved wi-fi network on windows 10? We have multiple SSIDs with different passwords and it was very convenient for me to view the password of other of my saved networks. I don’t know how to do that on win 10. Thank you!

    • DiBree

      I have the same problem. I need the WiFi passwords of my saved WiFi networks to share with non Windows 10 users. I need to see those passwords! There is nowhere an option. Also there is no option to set preffered networks. I hate it when it disconects from my network and connects to the other while the signal is good.
      While Im playing a online game! WTF! It always chooses to connect to a not so preffered network. I had everything organized before on Windows 7. Now its just a big mess!

      • Here’s how you can set a preference for WiFi networks in Windows 10. http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/how-to-set-wifi-connection-order-in-windows-10/

        I can’t find any way to look up the password for a WiFi network you aren’t connected to but I only did a quick search. I’ll update the post if I figure something out.

        • DiBree

          Thanks a lot! That was helpfull. Microsoft isnt.. why make this a command line option… a mainstream user can’t type dir…

        • Rahul Choudhury

          Delete, remove or forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10

          Press Win+I to open the Settings app. Select Network & Internet. Next click on Wi-Fi in the left panel. There you will see a link Manage Wi-Fi Settings. Click on it.

          In the window which opens, you will see two settings – Wi-Fi Sense and Manage known networks. Under Manage known networks, select the network, and you will see two options – Share and Forget.

          Click on Forget. This will delete the Wireless Network’s profile and connection details.

          Then Connect to your wifi it will ask for the password.
          Enter your new password and you are good to go…

        • Bart

          if you want to view password of wifi that you are not connected right now type in cmd (as admin):
          netsh wlan show profile name=”Your_SSID” key=clear
          the passwrod will be under “key content”

          • а Panev

            ur awesome dude.

          • Arun Ganesan

            Awesome. It worked BART. Thanks

  • jamied_uk

    how can i find the files where its stored as i need to forget a wifi ap without connecting to it as its an open one that automatically connectible and has a hacker on there…

    • ProjectET

      if you are with windows 10 then go onto the windows 10 settings and click on “Network and Internet” then scroll down to “manage Wi-Fi settings” click on that then scroll down to the network you want to forget and click on the ssid and click forget.

  • Carlos Rafael Ramirez

    Excellent. Thanks a lot

  • silenthunter08

    i dont have a “wireless properties” tab. can someone help me

  • charlottaawesome

    ugh this is SOO NOT helpful

  • whomever

    netsh wlan show profile key=clear

    • Skelly

      Thank you for actually answering the OP question!

  • toriastar

    If you are attempting to connect to a Wi-Fi and it isn’t working, go to Control Panel–>Network and Internet–>Network Connections, double click on “Wi-Fi” and you’ll get the same “Wi-Fi Status” popup.

  • gg Microsoft hiding useful features to make things shiny

    • joeaverage21

      You’re not kidding!

  • THANK YOU!

  • AHC

    I’m using Windows 10 on an Acer switch 10 and it doesn’t have a ‘Manage Known networks’ option under manage wireless settings. I found the instructions on how to SEE the password from the command prompt but I need to CHANGE the password, SO I can connect. This is for a wifi on public transport I use regularly and the password changes every month. Why doesn’t manage known networks show? And how do I delete a profile if I don’t have that option, or change the password for a network I can’t connect to. (It doesn’t show in any list within settings, it only shows in the available networks list from the taskbar icon. I’ve tried turning off connect automatically hoping it would prompt me for the password, but no joy. Any help appreciated.

    • ProjectET

      go onto the windows 10 settings and click on “Network and Internet” then scroll down to “manage Wi-Fi settings” click on that then scroll down to the network you want to forget and click on the ssid and click forget.

  • Dave Bobenchik

    Open command prompt as admin and run the following – netsh wlan show profile name=your ssid key=clear

  • nimh

    This was helpful, thanks. Anyone know why they made it so much more difficult?

  • Randy Bradley

    Can you change your password in WINDOWS 10? If so how?

  • msnyc10

    What kind of complete utter useless development teams do this?

  • mohamed

    Open the command prompt, with admin access of course, and type in the command netsh wlan show profiles. It
    will list all the Wi-Fi networks you have connected to. Each of these
    mentioned profiles will be displayed using the SSID Name.

    then you will see
    *********************************————————–*******************************
    C:UsersENG>netsh wlan show profiles

    Profiles on interface Wi-Fi:

    Group policy profiles (read only)
    ———————————

    User profiles
    ————-

    All User Profile : home2
    All User Profile : home3
    All User Profile : home1
    All User Profile : Home
    All User Profile : Home 2

    C:UsersENG>
    ———————******************************——————————-

    The next command you should type is netsh wlan show profile name=”Profile-Name” key=clear.
    The profile name should be the name of the Wi-Fi network you wish to
    know the password of and without quotes. The screenshot will clear any
    doubts you might have.

    Profile home2 on interface Wi-Fi:
    =======================================================================

    Applied: All User Profile

    Profile information
    ——————-
    Version : 1
    Type : Wireless LAN
    Name : home2
    Control options :
    Connection mode : Connect automatically
    Network broadcast : Connect only if this network is broadcasting
    AutoSwitch : Do not switch to other networks
    MAC Randomization : Disabled

    Connectivity settings
    ———————
    Number of SSIDs : 1
    SSID name : “home2”
    Network type : Infrastructure
    Radio type : [ Any Radio Type ]
    Vendor extension : Not present

    Security settings
    —————–
    Authentication : WPA2-Personal
    Cipher : CCMP
    Security key : Present
    Key Content :**************you found the password . hear ***********

    Cost settings
    ————-
    Cost : Unrestricted
    Congested : No
    Approaching Data Limit : No
    Over Data Limit : No
    Roaming : No
    Cost Source : Default