Windows 11 now shows Wi-Fi passwords in Settings

Microsoft makes it easier for users to find saved wireless passwords through the Settings app on Windows 11.

Windows 11 Settings view Wi-Fi password
Windows 11 Settings view Wi-Fi password
  • Microsoft adds an option in the Settings app to view saved Wi-Fi passwords on Windows 11.
  • The new option is available for saved wireless networks on the “Manage known networks” page. 
  • Windows 11 may include this option with the release of version 23H2.

Windows 11 is getting a new option to view saved Wi-Fi passwords from the Settings app. Although users have been able to find their wireless network passwords for a long time, it’s a process that requires opening the legacy Control Panel or using Command Prompt or PowerShell commands, but now the option is available in the Settings app.

Starting with build 23466 in the Dev Channel, Windows 11 is adding a new “View Wi-Fi security key” option in the settings page for a particular network saved on the device. If you ever need to view a saved wireless network, you will have to open Settings > Network & internet > Wi-Fi > Manage known networks, choose one of the saved networks, and then click the “View” button for the “View Wi-Fi security key” setting.

View Wi-Fi security key
View Wi-Fi security key

This is a much easier process than having to open the “Network Connections” page in the Control Panel and having to dig through the “Windows Properties” settings or using “netch wlan” command with Command Prompt or PowerShell.

Since the feature is now available in the latest preview of Windows 11 in the Dev Channel, this is another feature that Microsoft may plan to include in the release of Windows 11 23H2, along with the new option to force quit apps from the Taskbar without opening the Task Manager. The new “Depth Effects” feature for background images, a new version of File Explorer, Dynamic Lighting for RGB lighting control, and more.

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