For several reasons, you may need to see the saved password of the wireless networks on your Windows 10 computer. Here we show you how to view Wi-Fi password on Windows 10 in two ways for currently connected network or not connected (out of range) wireless networks. You must be having many saved Wi-Fi networks such as home, office, coffee shop and your friend’s house on your laptop. Sometimes, if you want to see the Wi-Fi security key to connect a new device or transfer the saved Wi-Fi networks to a new computer or even to find your friend’s (who hid it from you) Wi-Fi password, just simply follow the below steps.
Finding the password of the wireless network you are connected at the moment is simple and straightforward. But seeing the Wi-Fi password of the networks which are out of range, but previously saved and connected is bit tricky, but it can be done as shown below by few commands.
View the Wi-Fi Password of the Network You Are Not Connected or Out of Range
We will start with the tricky but very useful part now in finding the password of the Wi-Fi networks that are not connected now. Also, this step can be used to find the key of the currently connected network as well.
1) Open the command prompt and type;
netsh wlan show profile
That will show the all wireless network profiles stored on your computer under all user profiles.
2) Once you identified the Wi-Fi name that you want to see the saved Wi-Fi password or key, type the below command.
netsh wlan show profile “Wi-Fi NAME” key=clear
It will bring up the more details about the network where you can see the password.
The ‘Key Content’ under Security Settings will show the Wi-Fi password of a network which is not connected now or out of range on your Windows 10, 8.1 and Windows 7 computer. I’m sure this method would be handy in many situations.
How to View Wi-Fi Password on Windows 10 For the Connected Wireless Network
Finding the Wi-Fi password of the connected network can be done quickly by checking the network settings, command prompt not required here.
Make sure you have connected to Wi-Fi network that you need to find out the password on Windows 10.
1) Go to Network and Sharing Center in Control panel. Double click on the Wi-Fi adapter (Assuming it is connected to Wi-Fi network already).
2) On the General Tab, click ‘Wireless Properties.”
3) Go to the ‘Security’ Tab and check ‘Show Characters’ to view the saved password/security key of the particular connected Wi-Fi network.
That’s it; you must be knowing the Wireless password of your friends home or office Wi-Fi network. This will help in connecting your other devices such as smartphones, tablets and new laptops to the same network without asking the owner.