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How to Find Your Network's Wireless Password

Instructions on how to find your Wi-Fi network's wireless password.

What to Do:

Look for a sticker on your router.

Many routers provided by internet service providers (ISPs) have a sticker on the bottom or side, listing the default wireless password.

Check the network settings within Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, or Mac OS.

If a PC is connected to your wireless network, you can often find the wireless password saved within the PC's settings.

  • If you do not have a device that uses the operating systems listed below, there may not be an option to review a saved wireless password. Please skip to the next step.

Windows 7

  1. Left-click the wireless signal icon in the Windows 7 Taskbar (most often located in the bottom right corner).
  2. Right-click your wireless network name and select "Properties".
  3. Select the "Security" tab at the top and select the "Show Characters" check box to display your wireless password (network security key).

Windows 8

  1. Open the Charm bar, and select "Settings".
    • If using a mouse, you can open the Charm bar by moving the pointer to the upper-right or lower-right corner of your screen.
    • If you are using a touchscreen device, you can open the Charm bar by swiping left starting from the right side of your screen.
  2. Select the wireless network icon (wireless signal bar icon) to display a list available wireless networks.
  3. If using a mouse, right-click on your wireless network name, or if using a touchscreen, press and hold your wireless network name, and select "View Connection Properties".
  4. Select the "Security" tab located at the top, and then select the "Show Characters" box. Your wireless network password will be displayed in the "Network Security Key" box.

Windows 8.1

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and click "Search".
  2. In the search box, enter "View Network Connections", and in the search results click "View Network Connections".
  3. In the Network Connections window, right-click the network name, and then click "Status".
  4. Click the "Wireless Properties" button.
  5. Click the "Security" tab, and click the "Show Characters" check box.
  6. The password for the wireless network is displayed in the "Network Security Key" field.

Windows 10

  1. Go to Start and enter in the search box "View Network Connections", then press "Enter".
  2. In the Network Connections window, right-click the network name, and select "Status".
  3. Click the "Wireless Properties" button.
  4. Click the "Security" tab, and then click the "Show Characters" check box.
  5. The password for the wireless network is displayed in the "Network Security Key" field.

Mac OS

Wireless password:
  1. Click on the Finder icon.
  2. Select "Applications" on the left, and then "Utilities".
  3. Select "Keychain Access".
  4. On the left, ensure "Login" is selected under Keychains and "Passwords" is selected under Category.
  5. Find the name of your wireless network, and ensure the "Kind" field is labeled "Airport Network Password", and then double-click this listing.
  6. Click on the checkbox next to "Show Password" and enter your computer's Adminstrator password and click "Allow".
Wireless security type:
  1. Hold the Option key on your keyboard, and then select the Wi-Fi icon located on the menu bar.
  2. The currently connected network's information will be displayed as light grey text, and the security type will be listed next to "Security".
    • If the grey text is not visible, hover over your network with your mouse to display this information.

Look for the wireless password within your router/access point's settings.

If you were unable to find your password using the previous methods, you can locate your router's wireless password within the router settings.

Situation Not Resolved:

Please contact the person or company that set up your network if you require additional assistance locating your wireless password.