This guide explains methods to retrieve or find the Wifi password of saved or connected network on computer/laptops running on Windows 11.
Windows 11 remembers the networks you have connected to and saves them which saves you the trouble of entering the credentials every time you connect to the network. This also increases the chances of you forgetting the password of your network, especially if you use strong passwords.
However, Windows 11 also stores saved passwords and in case you forget the password to a saved network, you can recover it from Windows.
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If you have the default password set on the network and you have not changed it, you can check the router for the default password. Password is usually written behind or under the router.
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Method # 01: Using Control Panel
- Open the run dialog box and type in ncpa.cpl. Then press Enter.
- Double click on the network you are connected.
- In the windows that opens, click on Wireless Properties and then navigate to the Security tab.
- Now, check the box associated with Show Characters to unhide the network password.
Method # 02: Using Command Prompt
Step-1: Open Start and search for Command Prompt. Right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator. Select Yes in the confirmation box.
Step-2: Enter the following command in the command prompt.
netsh wlan show profiles
This will show the networks you have connected to. Note down the network name whose password you want to recover.
Step-3: Now, enter this command.
netsh wlan show profile NetworkName key=clear
Replace NetworkName with the network name you noted down earlier.
After you enter the command, all information related to that network will be displayed. The network password will be displayed next to Key Content.
Method # 03: Using Windows PowerShell
This method is very similar to the recovering password with the command prompt. If you are unable to recover the password with command prompt, use Windows PowerShell.
To use PowerShell, open Start, search for Windows PowerShell and run it as administrator.
Next Steps: Repeat step 2 and step 3 as shown in method # 02.
Method # 04: Reset the Router
Resetting the router will reset all the network settings including the password. The reset button is located on the router and holding down the reset button for 5 to 10 seconds will reset the router.
After the router is reset, use the default password to connect to the network.