Here is how you can find the WiFi password from the computer or smartphone connected to the network. Now make no mistake, here, we are talking about finding the password of the connected network. And not hacking your neighbors WiFi password. So let’s get started.
The quickest way to find WiFi password of connected network in Windows is by using the command prompt.
Simply open up the cmd and type in following command.
netsh wlan show profile WiFiName key=clear
Here, replace the WifiName with the name of your SSID. And that’s it. You will see several details about your network. Scroll down till you seesecurity setting and next to your key content is your password.
However, if are more of a GUI guy, then goto your network and sharing center > click on the WiFi name > a new window will open, select wireless property > security > show password. And that’s it, here is your WiFi password in plain text.
In Mac you needs ‘admin password’ to see WiFi password. Start by pressing cmd+space to bring up spotlight and search for ‘Keychain Access’.
Alternatively, you can also go to /Applications/Utilities/Keychain Access.
Here you will see the list of all WiFi networks, the device has ever connected to. Scroll down till you see your current WiFi name or use the search bar at the top. Then double tap on it > show password > enter the computer’s password and it will show you the WiFi password.
If you don’t have access to admin password, then there is no way to find password. But there is a workaround, mention at the end of the article.
For android, it’s even tougher than Mac. Why ? Well because the file that stores the passwords, is not available to the regular users. You will needroot access to view its content.
If the device is not rooted, there is nothing you can do. Even if you root it now, it will erase all the data and log you out of network. But if you have a rooted device then you can use an app like WiFi Password Recovery .
Alternatively, if you like to do it without any app, then navigate to the root directory /data/misc/wifi/. Open the document wpa_supplicant.conf. Here you will find all the SSID with their password.
Like android, iPhone and iPads also hide WiFi password. But if you are luck enough to lay your hands on jailbreak iPhone then, you can use this free utility called WiFi Passwords (not tested).
If for any reason, above methods didn’t work, then you always can check the password directly from the router page.
Open a browser from the device connected to the network. In the address bar, type in ‘router’s IP address’. In most cases, it’s 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. But it may differ depending on the router. Don’t worry a quick Google search with your router’s model number will get you this information.
Next enter the username and password for router. Again this may vary from system to system. Ask the owner or try admin as both username and password. Once you successfully login, navigate to wireless setting and there you will find the password.