Suppose you have lost the password for your WiFi and you do not have that box that the router came in with the default password written on the back. You cannot reset to factory settings because you need that default password and you have no way of getting it now that you have lost it. Luckily, if your PC can still connect to the WiFi then it is easy to get the password. All you have to do is follow some simple steps to get it. Here are the step-by-step instructions for different platforms that you can follow to find your WiFi password within minutes.
The instructions for Windows are trivial (as with most other things for Windows). But first you need to find out which version of Windows you are running. If you are not sure, you can do so by following these instructions.
Find Windows version
1. Press Windows Key + R
2. In the search box that appears, type winver
An About box appears with the version of the Windows that you are running. Then follow the steps for the appropriate version as shown below
Windows 7 / 8.1
1. In the system Search Box, type Network and Sharing Center and click on the Network and Sharing Center from the results that appear
2. In the Network and Sharing Center window that appears, listed under Connections you will find the name of your WiFi. Click on it
3. Here you will find the Wireless Properties button. Click on it
4. Select the Security tab from the window that appears
5. Then click on the Show Characters checkbox
At this point, if your PC is locked with a password, you may be prompted to enter it in which case you do. Either way, you will find your WiFi password in the text box labeled Network Security Key.
1. Click on the Start Button and select Settings
2. In the Settings window click on Network and Internet
3. Under the Status tab, click on Network and Sharing Center
4. In the Network and Sharing Center window that appears, listed under Connections you will find the name of your WiFi. Click on it
5. Here you will find the Wireless Properties button. Click on it
6. Select the Security tab from the window that appears
7. Then click on the Show Characters checkbox
Same as for the earlier versions, if your PC is locked with a password, you may be prompted to enter it in which case you do. You will find your WiFi password in the text box labeled Network Security Key.
For the latest Ubuntu users the instructions are as follows.
1. Select the Settings button from the menu in the top right dropdown
2. Under the Wi-Fi tab, click on the Settings button next to your WiFi name
3. Go to the Security tab
4. Click on the Show Password checkbox
For an older version of Ubuntu the instructions are only slightly different.
1. Select the Settings button on the top right corner and click on System Settings
2. Under the Hardware section select Network
3. On the left panel, you will find network types tabs. Select Wireless
4. On the right panel you will see your network details. Here, click on the Options button
5. In the window that appears, select the Wireless Security tab
6. Click on the Show Password checkbox
If your account is locked with a password, you may be prompted to enter it in which case you do. You will find the password for your WiFi in the text box labeled Password.
For other Linux users who use a different flavor this tutorial may or may not work. But most often it does. If it does not and you want instructions specific to your system, you can always leave us a request at our email with your specific distro and we will try and update you with the instructions.
1. Open Terminal
2. Type the command
3. Now list all the saved WiFi connections in your PC by typing the command
4. If you see your WiFi name (or SSID to be accurate) listed in there, you can find the details by typing the command
sudo cat YOUR_SSID
where YOUR_SSID is the name of your WiFi
In the details that appear, you will find your WiFi password as the value of the psk field under [wifi-security].
Thank you for reading. We hope you found it helpful.