Wifi Password Recovery 2

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UpdatedAug 9, 2017, 5:55 pm EDT| 4 min read
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You may have sầu misplaced a Wi-Fi password, but your máy tính probably remembers it if you’ve sầu connected in the past. If not, you can always grab the password from your router itself or remix the Wi-Fi passphrase & set a new one.

These tricks allow you to recover the passphrase lớn any network that your laptop can connect to. You can then easily log into lớn those networks from other devices or tóm tắt the password with your friends. In case your laptop is not connected—or you don’t have sầu one—we’ll also show you how to lớn find or rephối the password in your router’s admin interface.


Recover the Password From a Laptop

If you’ve connected to the network in the past, the easiest way to bởi this is to grab the password from a computer that’s currently connected to it. Both Windows PCs and Macs make it easy khổng lồ see your saved Wi-Fi passphrases. You can’t easily find saved Wi-Fi passphrases on other devices. Doing this on Android requires root access, & doing this on an iPhone or máy tính bảng iPad requires jailbreaking. However, if you’re using iCloud Keychain sync, Wi-Fi passwords from your iOS device may sync khổng lồ your Mac, where you can access them.

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To view a saved Wi-Fi password on Windows, open the danh sách of wireless networks in the Control Panel — you can quickly bởi vì this by pressing Windows Key + R, typing ncpa.cpl into the box, và pressing Enter. Right-cliông xã a saved Wi-Fi network, select Status, và clichồng the “Wireless Properties” button. Click over to lớn the Security tab & kiểm tra the “Show characters” box to view the saved Wi-Fi password. You must have sầu administrator access khổng lồ the computer to view this information.

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cảnh báo that this only works if your Windows laptop is currently connected to lớn the Wi-Fi network in question. And it needs khổng lồ be actively connected—not just have sầu the network in its danh mục of past connections. If the laptop is not connected, you won’t see the “Wireless Properties” button at all in the “Wi-Fi Status” window.

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To recover a saved Wi-Fi password on a Mac, open the “Keychain Access” ứng dụng. Press Command+Space, type “Keychain Access,” và then hit Enter. Select the “Passwords” category and look for the name of the Wi-Fi network. It appears as an “AirPort network password.” You can right-cliông chồng the network name, & then select the “Copy password to clipboard” option. Or, you can right-click the name, select “Get Info,” và then check the “Show password” box. You’ll have to lớn enter your Mac’s username và password to lớn view this information—& it’ll only work if your trương mục is an administrator account.

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Unlượt thích in Windows, you don’t have to lớn be actively connected to lớn the Wi-Fi network lớn see the password on your Mac. You can kiểm tra out the password for any Wi-Fi network khổng lồ which you’ve previously connected.

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Find the Password On Your Router

You can potentially view the Wi-Fi passphrase on your router, too. Assuming you can’t connect to lớn the router’s Wi-Fi, you can always directly connect a máy vi tính khổng lồ your router via a wired Ethernet cable. Or, if you already have sầu a desktop PC connected khổng lồ the router via an Ethernet cable, that will vày.

Find your router’s IPhường address và sign in khổng lồ its website interface. If you’re lượt thích most people, you never changed the sign in credentials from the default setting. You can find the mặc định username and password for your router in the manual or with a quiông xã web tìm kiếm.

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Also, many modern routers—especially routers provided by your Internet service provider—now come with random passphrases quality to your device. Look on your router for a Wi-Fi passphrase printed on a sticker. Of course, this only works if you haven’t changed from the mặc định password.

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In your router’s web interface, head khổng lồ the Wi-Fi settings and look for the Wi-Fi password. If your router gives you the option to see the password, then you’ve got what you need. Otherwise, you can just change the password and then connect using the new one. And if you change the password, you’ll need to update it on every device that connects to lớn your wireless network.

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Remix Your Router và Its Wi-Fi Password

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if you’re locked out of your router—perhaps you can’t rethành viên its administration password—you can always rephối your router to its factory default settings. You just need physical access khổng lồ the router. All your router’s custom settings will be wiped, meaning you’ll have sầu khổng lồ mix up your Wi-Fi again, along with anything else you’ve sầu customized. But, the sign in credentials are also rephối to their defaults, so at least you’ll be able lớn sign in.


Generally, you vì chưng this by locating a “Reset” button somewhere on the router, It’s often a pinhole-sized button và you may need a straightened paperclip or similar small, narrow object to press it. You usually need to lớn press the button down for ten seconds or so. After that, your router restarts, wiping all its custom settings and restoring the default ones. You can mix it up from scratch, so it doesn’t matter if you don’t know the Wi-Fi passphrase or anything else about the router.

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Perform a website search for router-specific instructions or find your router’s manual before doing this. You’ll find instructions that explain exactly how khổng lồ rephối your router & how to mix it up from scratch afterwards, complete with the mặc định sign in credentials you’ll need lớn get inlớn the router’s admin interface.

And remember, after resetting your router & selecting a new Wi-Fi password, you’ll need to lớn update that password on every device that connects to lớn your wireless network.

Image Credit: William Hook on Flickr


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Chris HoffmanChris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He"s written about technology for over a decade & was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The Thành Phố New York Times, been interviewed as a giải pháp công nghệ expert on TV stations like Miami"s NBC 6, & had his work covered by news outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have sầu been read nearly one billion times---và that"s just here at How-To Geek. Read Full Bio »