How to find wifi password on windows 10 /11 Laptop

Here are simple steps to retrieve and view your forgotten Wi-Fi password on Windows 10 or Windows 11 Laptop.


When you connect Wifi network on Windows PC or laptop it remember the settings of multiple wifi networks including their network security keys. Windows 10/11 offers intuitive built-in tools that allow users to view saved WiFi passwords effortlessly. If you have forgotten your Wifi password you can find it if another Windows PC or laptop is already connected to the same wifi network. Here this article explores how to find wifi password in Windows 10 and use it on another PC or laptop to connect to a WiFi network.

How to Find wifi password on Laptop

There are different ways you can find or change your wifi password on Windows 11 or 10. You can find the wifi password for the active network using the settings app. Also, you can access Wi-Fi adapter settings in the Control Panel that stores the password for the active connection. Running certain commands You can find the current Wi-Fi password as well.

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View WiFi Password From Wireless Properties

This is the quick and easy way to receive and view the password for your current WiFi connection. And following steps are applicable to view and change the wifi password on all versions of Windows 11, 10, 8.1 and 7.

  • Press Windows key + S, type control panel and select it,
  • Navigate Network and Internet then click on Network and sharing center.

Network and sharing center

  • Next, you need to select your WiFi network name, (Next to connection)

Select Wi-Fi name

  • In the WiFi status select Wireless Properties, and select Security tab.
  • And finally, click on the show characters check box to view your wifi password.

Your Wi-Fi network password is displayed in the Network security key box.

Find Wi-Fi password on Laptop

  • Also from here, you can update your wifi password as well

How to find wifi passwords on Windows 10

You may need Administrative privileges to view wifi password on Windows 10.

  • Press the Windows key + I to open the settings
  • Go to Network & Internet then click on Status,
  • Select Network and sharing center next to Advanced network settings.

Network and sharing center windows 10

  • Now click on the WiFi network name (Next to the connection)
  • A new wifi Status pop-up opens, Click on Wireless Properties.
  • Now move to the Security tab, and checkmark show characters.

Find Wi-Fi password on Laptop

How to find wifi Password in Windows 11

On Windows 11 Laptop you can view the wifi password for the active network using the settings app.

  • Press the Windows key + I to open the settings app,
  • Go to Network & Internet then Advanced network settings.

Advanced Network settings

  • Click on More network adapter options (under the Related settings section)

More Network adapter options

  • Alternatively press the Windows key + R, type ncpa.cpl and click ok to open the network connections window.
  • Here right click on the Active wireless adapter and select Status option.

Wi-Fi status option

  • Under the “Connection” section, click the Wireless Properties button.
  • Now move to the security tab, Next to “Network security key”, check the “Show characters” option to view Wi-Fi password for Windows 11.

View Wi-Fi password windows 11

Also here you can update the new WiFi password (that changed on wifi router).

Find wifi password using the command line

Also, you can find the wifi password with Command Prompt or PowerShell.

  • Press Windows key + S and type cmd, right click on command prompt select run as administrator.
  • Now run the command netsh wlan show profiles to view list of previous wifi network connections.
  • These are saved wifi networks with their credentials (password).

Check wifi profile

  • To view wifi passwords for specific wifi networks (profile) run the command netsh wlan show profile name=”replace Wifi profile name” key=clear to
  • It displays the WiFi password next to Key Content field under “Security settings.” (Refer to the screenshot below)

View Wi-Fi password using cmd

How to change wifi password

It’s simple and easy to change wifi password on Router. But you need credential details to log in and access the Router configuration page to change wifi password.

  •  First, open the Web browser (Chrome) on your PC/Laptop
  • Next type your Gateway address and press enterkey (usually it’s your router address and you can get it running ipconfig command)

Default Gateway address

  • Next log in to the Wireless router using user name and password

Login to Router

Next, locate the Wireless section and click on Wireless Security. Here you will get the option to change the WiFi password for the wifi network.

Change Wi-Fi password on Router

Did the above methods help find wifi password on your Laptop or Change the password for WiFi network? Let us know on the comments below.

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Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.

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