Suppose, you have invited a couple of friends to your house on a Sunday afternoon to chill and play your favorite game on LAN mode.
Suddenly you realize that the wi-fi password you are trying to enter in your friends laptop doesn’t work anymore in simple terms, maybe you forgot your wifi password.We all have fallen victim to this common problem.
What might be the reason to this problem?
Wi-Fi is one of those greatest achievements of mankind. Hackers or modifiers are generally trying to find a loop hole to get access to your wifi system. When in such a situation, we often ask this question to our self – How do I find my wifi password? Well, you are at the right place.
This article talks about all the possible ways to recover wifi password. Try these below mentioned tips and recover/reset your Wi-Fi.
Using a windows PC? Try this method to find the wifi password
If you have a windows pc connected to the same wifi network in history, then it would be a simple method to find wifi password on mac. Try the below steps.
Step 1: Press Windows button on your keyboard and type View network connections and press ENTER
Step 2: Right click on the connection labled Wi-Fi and click on Status
Step 3: From the popped up box, click on Wireless Properties
Step 4: Head on to Security tab from the pop up box, click on the check box that mentions Show Characters
This will make the wi-fi password visible. It is advisable that you either make a note of the password or memorize it.
Recover the Wi-Fi password from an already connected Mac Os PC
If you are an Apple Desktop or laptop user and if it is already connected to the existing wi-fi network, the process of recovering wifi password becomes easy. Follow the below steps
Step 1: Open Finder App -> Go to Applications ->Utilities
Step 2: Launch “Keychain Access.app” The icon of this app looks like a bunch of keys.
Step 3: Select System from the left panel and locate your router from the list, double-click on it
Step 4: From the popped up window, put your admin username and password to unlock it.
Step 5: Check the box next to “Show Password”.
Awesome!! The wi-fi password is now visible to you.
Use Android Smartphones to recover wi-fi password
An android phone generally doesn’t allow a user to view wi-fi passwords. But, if you are rooted user a third party application might allow you to check wifi password on android.
Use an iOs device to find wi-fi password
Please be advised that there is no way you can find a wifi password on your iPhone if already connected to a wi-fi network unless your phone is jailbroken. If yes, you can use various application to view wifi password and this only works on iOS 6 and above.
Check your router, you might be lucky to find the password
Check the reverse side of your router, you might be lucky if the label on the rear side has the default username and password printed. Look for ESSID or SSID and WPA, WPA2, etc.
Note: This only can be helpful if the default login information has not been changed while installing the device.
Use the router logon method to recover your wifi password
For you to perform this action, your computer should directly be connect to the router via an Ethernet cable. Once done follow the below steps if you want to know how to find wifi password using this method.
Step 1: Open a web browser and type the IP address of the router. The default IP address are as below.
- 192.168.0.1 (Netgear, D-Link, Belkin, and more)
- 192.168.1.1 (Netgear, D-Link, Linksys, Actiontec, and more)
- 192.168.2.1 (Linksys and more)
Step 2: Authenticate your login by typing the username and password. There are chances that the login information is still set to the default one. In most routers, the login credentials are printed on the rear side of the router. In certain cases the username and password is set to either admin or administrator.
Note: This only works if the login information is not changed initially while installing the device.
Step 3: Once you are in the interface of the router, it is pretty simple. For most routers, there should be a label named “Wireless” or “Wi-Fi”. Click on it.
Congratulations!! You should now be able to see the wifi password.
Try resetting your wi-fi device/router
Resetting your router is or should always be the last resort if you have tried all the ways and still not being able to recover your wi-fi password. Resetting the device will allow the device to get back to its factory settings.
To perform this, you should be able to find a small button labeled “Reset” either on the reverse side or on the back side of the router. You may need a safety pin to press the button. Press and hold it for 5 seconds and then release.
Allow your router to restart and apply factory setting. This action might take about 3-5 minutes. Once the router is turned on, use an Ethernet cable to connect the router to a PC and follow the method in the previous section to get the access to the default wifi password.
Try these methods and tips and it is sure that you will be able to recover the lost or forgotten wifi password.
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