How to Retrieve Saved Wi-Fi Passwords in Windows

Quick and easy way to recover a saved Wi-Fi password in windows

Prerequisites: You must have the Wi-Fi network you wish to recover the password for saved in Windows

Difficulty Level: Member • Nerd • Platypus

Estimated Time: 5-10 Minutes

Expected Outcome: You will be able to see the password for the saved Wi-Fi network

Tools Required: A PC running any version of Windows

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Steps to Perform 

  1. On the keyboard press Windows key+R and the run dialog will come up
    1. In the Open field type "cmd" and press Enter
    2. In the command prompt run the following command to list the saved Wi-Fi networks
      netsh wlan show profiles

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    3. Find the network you want the key for in the list
    4. To show the key for a network from the list run the following command
      netsh wlan show profile name="NETWORK" key=clear
      Replace "NETWORK" with the name of your network without quotes
    5. Once you run the command you can find the password under the field Key Content