How to Find Your Wi-Fi Password on the Computer

Whether you're setting up a new device on your Wi-Fi network or giving a trusted guest access, Windows 8.1 offers a fast way to access your Wi-Fi password. Normally, your password is hidden, but you can make it visible with just the click of a check box. While this may seem like a security hole at first, it really isn't. No one can get your Wi-Fi password unless he's already hacked into your Windows password.

Windows lets you peek at your hidden Wi-Fi password.
Windows lets you peek at your hidden Wi-Fi password. (image courtesy of Microsoft.)
Step 1:

Go to the Windows Start screen by pressing the "Windows" key. Move the cursor upward from the bottom right corner of the screen and select "Settings."

Go to Settings.
Go to Settings. (image courtesy of Microsoft.)
Step 2:

Click the "Network" icon if you're not already connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to use.

Check which network you're connected to.
Check which network you're connected to. (image courtesy of Microsoft.)
Step 3:

Turn on Wi-Fi if necessary by clicking the "Wi-Fi" On/Off switch. Select the Wi-Fi network from the list that appears. Tap anywhere on the Start screen to close the Settings sidebar.

Connect to your Wi-Fi network.
Connect to your Wi-Fi network. (image courtesy of Microsoft.)
Step 4:

Click the "Search" icon beside your username, type "view network connections," and then select the "View Network Connections" option that appears at the top of the search results.

Open "View Network Connections."
Open "View Network Connections." (image courtesy of Microsoft.)
Step 5:

Right-click the "Wi-Fi" network and select "Status" from the drop-down menu to open the Wi-Fi Status window.

Right-click the Wi-Fi network and select "Status."
Right-click the Wi-Fi network and select "Status." (image courtesy of Microsoft.)
Step 6:

Click the "Wireless Properties" button in the Wi-Fi Status window.

Select "Wireless Properties."
Select "Wireless Properties." (image courtesy of Microsoft.)
Step 7:

Click the "Security" tab. Your Wi-Fi password is in the Network Security field, but the characters are hidden from view.

Click the "Security" tab.
Click the "Security" tab. (image courtesy of Microsoft.)
Step 8:

Click the "Show Characters" check box to reveal your Wi-Fi password. Click "Cancel" after you've retrieved this password to keep your password hidden.

Select "Show Characters."
Select "Show Characters." (image courtesy of Microsoft.)
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Tips & Warnings

  • If, for some reason, your computer isn't connecting to the Wi-Fi network with the correct password, check the documentation that came with your Wi-Fi router to find it. If you bought the router from your Internet Service Provider, the password is often on the bottom of the router. Look for the letters "WPA" or "WPA2," or words like "Security Key" if the password isn't obvious.
  • If you set up the Wi-Fi password yourself, log in to the router with your admin username and password to change the Wi-Fi password. If you can't remember your admin password, go to the manufacturer's support website to find the default password. If this doesn't work, you'll have to reset your router.

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