On Windows 10, you can find the WiFi password of the current connection or saved networks. The ability to determine this information can come in handy, for instance, if you are trying to help someone with a laptop join the same wireless network or remember it for future reference.
While the Settings app does not offer a way to view this information, you can use Control Panel to find the WiFi password of the current connection and Command Prompt (or PowerShell) to view the current and saved network passwords you connected in the past. (See also this video tutorial with the instructions to complete this task.)
In this guide, you will learn the steps to quickly find a WiFi password on Windows 10 using Control Panel and Command Prompt.
- Find WiFi password on Windows 10 with Control Panel
- Find WiFi password on Windows 10 with Command Prompt
Find WiFi password on Windows 10 with Control Panel
To view the current WiFi password on your Windows 10 laptop or desktop:
Open Control Panel on Windows 10.
Click on Network and Internet.
Click on Network and Sharing Center.
Click the Change adapter settings option from the left pane.
Double-click the wireless adapter.
Click the Wireless Properties button.
Click the “Security” tab.
In the “Network security key” field, check the Show characters option to view the WiFi password on Windows 10.
Find WiFi password on Windows 10 with Command Prompt
Using Control Panel, you can only view the WiFi password for the network you’re currently connected to. If you want to see your current password or saved WiFi networks stored on Windows 10, you’ll need to use Command Prompt. These steps will also work on PowerShell.
To see the WiFi passwords from saved networks on Windows 10, use these steps:
Search for Command Prompt, right-click the result, and select the Run as an Administrator option.
Type the following command to view a list of the WiFi networks your computer connected at one point in time and press Enter:
netsh wlan show profiles
Type the following command to determine the WiFi password for a particular network and press Enter:
netsh wlan show profile name="WiFi-Profile" key=clear
The password will the displayed in the Key Content field under “Security settings.”
Remember to change WiFi-Profile for the name of your current or saved network you want to see the password in the command.
The steps to find the WiFi password can always come in handy to help others connect to the same network and when you need to reconnect after resetting your network connections.