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Show WiFi password: For Windows, Android, iOS and Mac

In today’s connected world, WiFi passwords are an essential part of our daily lives. Whether at home, in the office or on the road, access to a secure WiFi network is often crucial. But what if you forget the password for a network you’ve already connected to? In this article, we explain how to get Wi-Fi password on different devices like Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.

These instructions are for legitimate use only and should only be used on networks you have legitimate access to!

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Show WiFi password: For Windows, Android, iOS and Mac

In today’s connected world, WiFi passwords are an essential part of our daily lives. Whether at home, in the office or on the road, access to a secure WiFi network is often crucial. But what if you forget the password for a network you’ve already connected to? In this article, we explain how to get Wi-Fi password on different devices like Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.

These instructions are for legitimate use only and should only be used on networks you have legitimate access to!

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Read out WiFi password in Windows

Read out WiFi password in Windows

Getting a Wi-Fi password on Windows is a relatively simple process that can be completed in just a few steps. This can be useful if you have forgotten the password for your own network or if you need the password for a network to which you have authorized access.

  • Open Command Prompt as Administrator:
    Press Windows key + X and select “Command Prompt (Admin)” or “Windows PowerShell (Admin)”.
    Alternatively, you can type “cmd” in the search bar, right-click “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator”.< /li>
  • Show list of saved networks:
    Type netsh wlan show profiles to see a list of all saved networks.
    Here you can see all the networks your computer was connected to in the past.
  • Find the network you want:
    Find the name of the network whose password you want to see.
    Then type the following command: netsh wlan show profile name=”network name” key=clear. Replace “networkname” with the actual name of the network.
  • Find the password:
    Scroll down to the “Security Settings” section.
    Look for “Key Content”. The word next to it is the password.

Notices and Precautions

This method only works for networks that you have already connected to and whose passwords are saved on your computer. Reading out passwords for networks to which you do not have authorized access is illegal and therefore punishable! If you’re having trouble finding the password, make sure you really have the command prompt open as an administrator, as this is required to access this information.

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Getting a Wi-Fi password on Windows is a relatively simple process that can be completed in just a few steps. This can be useful if you have forgotten the password for your own network or if you need the password for a network to which you have authorized access.

  • Open Command Prompt as Administrator:
    Press Windows key + X and select “Command Prompt (Admin)” or “Windows PowerShell (Admin)”.
    Alternatively, you can type “cmd” in the search bar, right-click “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator”.< /li>
  • Show list of saved networks:
    Type netsh wlan show profiles to see a list of all saved networks.
    Here you can see all the networks your computer was connected to in the past.
  • Find the network you want:
    Find the name of the network whose password you want to see.
    Then type the following command: netsh wlan show profile name=”network name” key=clear. Replace “networkname” with the actual name of the network.
  • Find the password:
    Scroll down to the “Security Settings” section.
    Look for “Key Content”. The word next to it is the password.

Notices and Precautions

This method only works for networks that you have already connected to and whose passwords are saved on your computer. Reading out passwords for networks to which you do not have authorized access is illegal and therefore punishable! If you’re having trouble finding the password, make sure you really have the command prompt open as an administrator, as this is required to access this information.

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Show WiFi Password on Android

Show WiFi Password on Android

Reading Wi-Fi passwords on Android devices can be tricky and in most cases requires Root access. With the following steps you can read the WiFi password if your device is rooted:

  • Browse to the WiFi configuration file: The path to this file is typically /data/misc/wifi/wpa_supplicant.conf. This file contains the SSIDs (Service Set IDentifier) and passwords of the saved networks.
  • Open the file: You can open the file with a text editor that comes with the File Explorer app. In this file you will find the network names (SSIDs) and the associated passwords.
  • Pay attention to security: Extracting passwords in this way poses risks because you have access to sensitive system files. It should only be performed by experienced users, and you should be careful not to make unwanted changes that you cannot undo later.

Alternatives without root access

Unfortunately, unless your device is rooted, there is no direct way to view the password for a saved Wi-Fi network. However, in some cases you can generate a QR code for the network if you have access to the router settings or use a dedicated app that supports this feature.

Reading Wi-Fi passwords on Android devices can be tricky and in most cases requires Root access. With the following steps you can read the WiFi password if your device is rooted:

  • Browse to the WiFi configuration file: The path to this file is typically /data/misc/wifi/wpa_supplicant.conf. This file contains the SSIDs (Service Set IDentifier) and passwords of the saved networks.
  • Open the file: You can open the file with a text editor that comes with the File Explorer app. In this file you will find the network names (SSIDs) and the associated passwords.
  • Pay attention to security: Extracting passwords in this way poses risks because you have access to sensitive system files. It should only be performed by experienced users, and you should be careful not to make unwanted changes that you cannot undo later.

Alternatives without root access

Unfortunately, unless your device is rooted, there is no direct way to view the password for a saved Wi-Fi network. However, in some cases you can generate a QR code for the network if you have access to the router settings or use a dedicated app that supports this feature.

Read out WiFi password on iOS

Read out WiFi password on iOS

Extracting WiFi passwords on iOS devices can be more complex than on other platforms. However, there are 2 methods you can try depending on your needs and technical ability.

Method 1: Via iCloud Keychain on Mac

Make sure iCloud Keychain is turned on: On your iOS device go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Keychain and turn on iCloud Keychain.

  • Open Keychain Access on your Mac: Go to Applications > Utilities > Keychain access.
  • Find the network you want: Select “iCloud” in the left column and look for the network name.
  • Show the password: Double-click the network name, check “Show password” and enter your Mac password to show the WiFi password .

Method 2: With Jailbreak (For Experienced Users Only)

If your iOS device is jailbroken, you can use special apps from the Cydia Use Store to view WiFi passwords. Please note, however, that jailbreaking carries risks and will void your device’s warranty!

  • Install the app: Follow the installation instructions and open the app.
  • Find the password: The app should display a list of the networks you were connected to along with their associated passwords.

“Again, you can only do this on networks to which you have authorized access. Otherwise you would no longer be in a legal gray area, but clearly in the area of criminal law with all the consequences!”

Extracting WiFi passwords on iOS devices can be more complex than on other platforms. However, there are 2 methods you can try depending on your needs and technical ability.

Method 1: Via iCloud Keychain on Mac

Make sure iCloud Keychain is turned on: On your iOS device go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Keychain and turn on iCloud Keychain.

  • Open Keychain Access on your Mac: Go to Applications > Utilities > Keychain access.
  • Find the network you want: Select “iCloud” in the left column and look for the network name.
  • Show the password: Double-click the network name, check “Show password” and enter your Mac password to show the WiFi password .

Method 2: With Jailbreak (For Experienced Users Only)

If your iOS device is jailbroken, you can use special apps from the Cydia Use Store to view WiFi passwords. Please note, however, that jailbreaking carries risks and will void your device’s warranty!

  • Install the app: Follow the installation instructions and open the app.
  • Find the password: The app should display a list of the networks you were connected to along with their associated passwords.

“Again, you can only do this on networks to which you have authorized access. Otherwise you would no longer be in a legal gray area, but clearly in the area of criminal law with all the consequences!”

Read out WiFi password on Mac

Read out WiFi password on Mac

Getting a WiFi password on a Mac is relatively easy and doesn’t require any special technical background. And that is how it works:

  • Open Keychain Access: Go to Programs > Utilities > Keychain Access. Alternatively, you can search “Keychain Access” in Spotlight and open the application.
  • Choose the right keychain: In the left sidebar you will see different keychain options. Select “Login” under the “Keyrings” category and “Passwords” under the “Category” category.
  • Find the desired network: Find the name of the WiFi network whose password you want to read from the list of entries.
  • Show the password: Double click on the network name to open a new window. Check the box next to “Show Password” at the bottom of the window.
  • Enter your Mac password: A dialog box will appear asking you to enter your Mac password. Once entered, the WiFi password is displayed in the “Show password” field.
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Note: WiFi passwords should only be read out for networks to which you have authorized access. Misuse of this information may have legal consequences. The method described allows you to view passwords for networks that you have already connected to and whose passwords are stored on your Mac. It is not possible to view passwords for networks you have never connected to or whose passwords are not saved on your device!

Getting a WiFi password on a Mac is relatively easy and doesn’t require any special technical background. And that is how it works:

  • Open Keychain Access: Go to Programs > Utilities > Keychain Access. Alternatively, you can search “Keychain Access” in Spotlight and open the application.
  • Choose the right keychain: In the left sidebar you will see different keychain options. Select “Login” under the “Keyrings” category and “Passwords” under the “Category” category.
  • Find the desired network: Find the name of the WiFi network whose password you want to read from the list of entries.
  • Show the password: Double click on the network name to open a new window. Check the box next to “Show Password” at the bottom of the window.
  • Enter your Mac password: A dialog box will appear asking you to enter your Mac password. Once entered, the WiFi password is displayed in the “Show password” field.
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Note: WiFi passwords should only be read out for networks to which you have authorized access. Misuse of this information may have legal consequences. The method described allows you to view passwords for networks that you have already connected to and whose passwords are stored on your Mac. It is not possible to view passwords for networks you have never connected to or whose passwords are not saved on your device!

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Michael W. Suhr
Michael W. SuhrDipl. Betriebswirt | Webdesign- und Beratung | Office Training
After 20 years in logistics, I turned my hobby, which has accompanied me since the mid-1980s, into a profession, and have been working as a freelancer in web design, web consulting and Microsoft Office since the beginning of 2015. On the side, I write articles for more digital competence in my blog as far as time allows.
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