How to Find Your WiFi Password when You Forgot It

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Updated: December 21, 2019

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This wikiHow teaches you how to find a forgotten Wi-Fi password on your Windows or Mac computer. You can do this by using your computer's settings, or by accessing your router's settings page. If all else fails, resetting your router will restore the factory default password. You cannot determine your network's password on mobile.

Using the Router's Stock Password

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    Determine whether you used the router's stock password. If you used the password which came with the router when initially setting it up, you can usually find the password by checking the router or its documentation.
    • If you changed the router password at any point in the time you've owned the router, you'll need to use a different method.
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    Check the router unit for the password. Most manufacturers place the router's password on a sticker that's on the back or the bottom of the router unit.[1]
    • The password is usually near the "SSID" heading.
    • In most cases, the password will be a long string of letters and numbers, both upper-case and lower-case.
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    Look for the password in the router's manual or box. In the unlikely event that you still have the router's original packaging and manual, you may be able to find a copy of the login sticker inside the packaging, listed in the manual (or on the back of it), or on a separate card which was included with the router. This is only necessary if you can't find the stock password on your router.
    • Unfortunately, you cannot look online for your router's documentation, as your router's password is unique to your model.
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    Consider using your router's bypass to connect. Most routers allow you to connect by pressing a "WPS" button on the back of the router and then selecting the network on your computer, mobile item, console, or entertainment unit. As long as you select the network within 30 seconds or so, this will allow you to connect your computer (or other item) without need to know the password.
    • Not all routers have this feature, so check your model's included (or online) documentation for a WPS (or Wi-Fi Protected Setup) feature.
    • This step won't help you figure out the Wi-Fi password, but it will allow you to connect to the Internet on the connected item, which can help you find the password using one of the other methods listed below.

Finding the Password on Windows

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    Click the Wi-Fi icon . You'll find it in the far-right side of the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. Doing so will prompt the Wi-Fi menu to appear.
    • This method only works if you're currently connected to a Wi-Fi network for which you've forgotten the password.
    • If you instead see an icon which resembles a computer monitor next to a cable here, you are connected to your router via Ethernet. You cannot use an Ethernet connection to determine your Wi-Fi password.
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    Click Network & Internet settings. This link is at the bottom of the Wi-Fi menu.
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    Click the Wi-Fi tab. It's on the left side of the Settings window.
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    Click Change adapter options. This link is in the top-right corner of the Wi-Fi page, just beneath the "Related settings" heading. Doing so opens a Control Panel page.
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    Click your current Wi-Fi network. You should see a monitor-shaped icon with green bars next to it on this page; this is your current network.
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    Click View status of this connection. It's a menu item just below the address bar at the top of the Network Connections window.
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    Click Wireless Properties. This option is in the middle of the window.
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    Click the Security tab. You'll find this tab at the top of the window. Doing so opens a page that has a "Network security key" field near the middle of the page; this is where your password is stored.
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    Check the "Show characters" box. It's below the "Network security key" field. This will replace the black dots in the "Network security key" field with your Wi-Fi password.

Finding the Password on Mac

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    Open Finder. Click the Finder app icon, which resembles a blue face in your Mac's Dock.
    • On Mac, you do not have to be connected to your Wi-Fi network to find the Wi-Fi password.
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    Click Go. This menu item is in the row of menu items that are in the top-left side of your Mac's screen.
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    Click Utilities. It's in the Go drop-down menu.
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    Double-click Keychain Access. It's a key-shaped app in the Utilities folder.
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    Locate your network's name and double-click it. This is the name you see when your Mac connects to the Wi-Fi network.
    • You can sort the Keychain list alphabetically by clicking the Name category near the top of the Keychain window.
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    Check the "Show password" box. It's near the bottom of the network window.
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    Enter your administrator password when prompted. This is the password you use to log into your Mac. Correctly entering your administrator password will force the Wi-Fi network's password to display in the password field.

Using the Router Page

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    Connect a computer to the router via Ethernet. If you don't know your Wi-Fi password and the computer in question isn't connected to the Internet, Ethernet is the only way you'll be able to connect.
    • On a Mac, you'll most likely need to purchase an Ethernet to USB-C (or Thunderbolt 3) adapter before you can connect your Ethernet cable.
    • If Ethernet isn't an option, you'll have to reset the router to its default settings.
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    Find your router's IP address. In order to access your router's page, you must know your router's IP address:
    • Windows — Open Start, click the Settings gear, click Network & Internet, click View your network properties, and view the address next to "Default gateway".
    • Mac — Open the Apple menu, click System Preferences, click Network, click Advanced, click the TCP/IP tab, and look for the number to the right of "Router:".
    • Common router addresses include,, and, as well as for Apple routers.
    • On some routers, the IP address is found on the sticker on the side of the router.
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    Go to your router's page. Open your preferred browser and enter your router's IP address into the browser's address bar.
    • You can use literally any web browser to perform this step.
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    Log into the router page. After entering the correct address, you may be asked for the username and password; if so, log in with your router credentials. These are typically different credentials than you use to connect to the Wi-Fi.
    • The default username is usually admin, and the default password is usually admin, password, or blank. Most people change these after configuring the router, however, so if you can't remember the username and password you may need to reset the router.
    • If you didn't change the default username and password, it should be printed in the router's documentation or on the router itself.
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    Go to the "Wireless" section. Once you are logged into the router, find the "Wireless" or "Wi-Fi" section. This can usually be accessed by clicking a tab at the top of the page or finding it in the navigation menu.
    • Each router page interface will vary, so you may have to navigate through a couple of different menus.
    • Your router's password may also be at the top of the main router page.
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    Find the password. On the "Wireless" page, you will see your wireless network name (SSID) as well as the security or encryption type (e.g., WEP, WPA, WPA2, or WPA/WPA2). Near the security options, you should see the "Passphrase" or "Password" field. This is your wireless password.

Resetting the Router

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    Understand when to use this method. If you've been unable to obtain your router's password under any of the conditions outlined by the previous methods in this article, your Wi-Fi password is unrecoverable and you'll need to reset your router to its factory settings.
    • Restoring the router to factory settings won't tell you the current password, but it will change the router's password back to the factory password which is printed on the bottom or back of the router.
    • Resetting your router will also disconnect every item you have connected to the router. For this reason, resetting the router should be your last resort.
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    Find your router's "Reset" button. This button is usually on the back of the router. You'll probably need a paperclip or needle to press the "Reset" button.
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    Press and hold the "Reset" button. Do so for at least 30 seconds to ensure that the router completely resets.
    • The lights on the router should flash or briefly turn off when the router has officially reset.
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    Look for your router's default login information. This information is usually found on the bottom of the router, and includes the following:
    • Network name or SSID — Your network's factory name that you'll see in the Wi-Fi menu.
    • Password or Key — Your network's stock password.
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    Connect to your network. When entering the password, you'll use the factory password that's printed on the bottom of your router.
    • You may have the option of changing the password before you connect to the Internet.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    I've forgotten my password in Yahoo mail, how do I retrieve it?
    Community Answer
    Go to the login window, then go to more options and click on tools. Then, click on forget password, and the computer asks for a security question. Enter your answer and save it, then secure log into your Yahoo account.
  • Question
    How can I know a password from a nearby router?
    Community Answer
    It should be on your router or your ISP cable box if you have one. They are usually on the bottom of the boxes.
  • Question
    I have entered a new WiFi key but it is not working, and shows the WiFi is limited. What should I do?
    Community Answer
    Try to reset your router and then configure it again. Write down your password carefully.
  • Question
    How do I access my WiFi password on a Chromebook?
    Community Answer
    First, open "Settings." Go into "WiFi" and click on the network your Chromebook has saved. After that, disconnect from the network. When you go to reconnect, there will be a little button you can click on that will reveal the password.
  • Question
    I already put the password admin and username admin but it's not working. What can I do?
    Community Answer
    Plug a computer into the router via Ethernet and search the documentation of your router on the Internet to find the default login and password.
  • Question
    How can I change my password for my WiFi?
    Community Answer
    Most WiFi passwords are printed on the outside of the router, but, if you've changed the default password or if your router does not clearly display it, you can find your public IP address by searching "What's my IP?" on Google. Then, point your browser to that address to log in to your router's WiFi dashboard. There, you'll be able to use your username and password to login to the router and find or change your WiFi password.
  • Question
    How do I make an email address and password?
    Community Answer
    To make a Google email address, go to and select "create an account" and follow the instructions.
  • Question
    How do I log in to the default password after hard resetting my router?
    Community Answer
    The SSID and the Key are mentioned on the router or on the back side. Check for that and connect to your WiFi. Then you can log into your WiFi's Dashboard using the default username and password (admin, password or admin, admin).
  • Question
    How would I find the password on Android?
    Community Answer
    You need to have a rooted Android. Open the Root Explorer, the file called "wpa_supplicant.conf" or "wpa_supplicant" should be under /etc/wifi/wpa_supplicant.conf or /data/misc/wifi or somewhere along those lines. Change the file extension to .txt and open it. You'll see the passwroond there. (Mods please don't correct the word "passwroond".
  • Question
    How do I find my password if I forget it?
    Nathan Muzumdar
    Community Answer
    Try Wikihow's article How to Guess a Password for help. Otherwise, you may have to look on the back or bottom for a sticker, and use that to find the password after resetting the router. If the sticker is gone, you can't really do anything unfortunately.
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    • If you reset your password, be sure to create a strong password that contains letters, numbers, and symbols. Make sure that the password is not based off any personal information.


    • Don't try to locate a password for a network that you aren't supposed to use.
    • It is not possible to retrieve the wireless password using a mobile platform.

    Article SummaryX

    To find your WiFi password if you’ve forgotten it, check the back or bottom of your router for the password, which is often a long series of letters and numbers printed on a sticker. If you can’t find it, press the “WPS” button on the back of your router, which will allow you to connect with it so long as you select the router on your device within 30 seconds. Once you’re online, go to the WiFi menu on the task bar if you have a Windows computer, or the Keychain Access” app in your Utilities folder if you have a Mac. If you’re on a Windows computer, select “Change adapter options” within the WiFI tab, which will open a window where you can select your current WiFi network. Then, navigate to the “Security” tab and click on the “Show characters” box. For Macs, double click on your network’s name, select “Show password,” and enter the administrator password for your computer when prompted. For tips on how to access your router’s password by connecting via Ethernet, read on!

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