Simple Ways to View Saved Wifi Password in Windows 10

There are times when you want to use a wireless network on your mobile device but don’t have its password. For such situations, there are two ways to retrieve that password. The only criteria for it to work is that the password should already be saved on your laptop/ computer beforehand itself.

Let us look at the two methods to retrieve the passwords in Windows 10 for Wi-Fi networks saved on your computer:

Find Saved Password Using the Network and Sharing Center

This trick which I am going to show you is very simple and works with Windows 10, 8, 7 and even with XP too.

1)  Click on the Start button, type Control panel and click on it

2) Click on Network and Internet

Control Panel

3) Now choose Network and Sharing Center from the right-hand-side panel.

Network and Internet in Windows 10

4) Choose the active network under View your active networks and click on it

5) Under the Security tab, check the radio button Show characters

View saved wifi password in windows 10

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View Wifi Password Using Command Prompt

1) Press Windows+R keys together, type cmd and press Enter.

2) In the command prompt window, type: netsh wlan show profile and press the Enter key. This will display a list of WiFi User profiles that have been connected to your system in the past.

3) Note the network for which you need to view the password by choosing from the “user profile” list displayed. Now, type in the command prompt

netsh wlan show profile name=YOURWIFINAME key=clear

Make sure to change the YOURWIFINAME with your original Wifi name.

4) Hit Enter

Showing saved wifi password command line

The password will now be displayed next to “Key Content” under the “Security settings” heading.

The above command line works with Windows 10, 8, 7 and XP to view the Wifi saved password.


In today’s world when we have several online accounts and phones, it’s a bit difficult to remember all the passwords. You may consider using a free password manager on your Windows system.

It might be possible that you may forget your WiFi passwords, which is common since we don’t usually change the Router password regularly. Hopefully, the above-given steps help you to find your wifi password. If you still have any questions, feel free to leave your comment below, I will try my best to reply.



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