How to quickly find Wi-Fi password on Windows 10

On Windows 10, you can find your Wi-Fi password for the access point you’re currently connected or saved networks. For example, if you’re trying help someone to join the same wireless network or you just want to remember it for future use.

While the Settings app doesn’t offer a way to view this information, you can use Control Panel to find the Wi-Fi password for your current connection, and Command Prompt to view information for your current and saved networks you connected in the past.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to quickly find a Wi-Fi password on Windows 10 using Control Panel and Command Prompt.

How to find a Wi-Fi password using Control Panel

To view your current Wi-Fi password on Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Click on Network and Internet.

  3. Click on Network and Sharing Center.

  4. On the left pane, click the Change adapter settings link.

    Network and Sharing Center, Change adapter settings

  5. Double-click the wireless adapter you want.

    Network Connections, Wi-Fi adapter

  6. Click the Wireless Properties button.

    Wi-Fi adapter properties

  7. On the “Security” tab, under “Network security key”, check the Show characters option to view the Wi-Fi password.

    Wireless Network Properties, Security settings

How to find a Wi-Fi password using Command Prompt

Using Control Panel, you can only view the Wi-Fi password for the network you’re currently connected. If you want to see your current password, or saved Wi-Fi networks stored on your Windows 10 computer, you’ll need to use Command Prompt.

To view your Wi-Fi password from saved networks, do the following:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the result, and select Run as an Administrator.

  3. Type the following command to view a list of the Wi-Fi networks your computer connected at one point in time and press Enter:

    netsh wlan show profiles

    Netsh show Wi-Fi profiles command

  4. Type the following command to view the settings, including the Wi-Fi password for a particular network and press Enter:

    netsh wlan show profile name="WiFi-Profile" key=clear
    Netsh show saved Wi-Fi password

    The password will the displayed in the Key Content field under “Security settings”.

    In the command, remember to change WiFi-Profile for the name your current or saved network you want to see the password.

The steps to find the Wi-Fi password can always come in handy not only to help others to connect to the same network, but when you need to reconnect after resetting your network connections.