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How to View That Forgotten Wireless Network Password

Updated on April 20, 2015

Let's face it, we have all forgotten our wireless passwords one time or another, many people just type in their wireless passwords once, select remember password and forget about it. The problem is in time you may require the password again, maybe you have a new device or want to share it with a friend or family member.

The good news is that it's actually really easy to view a forgotten wireless password by using built-in tools or applications. Below I have listed a few methods on how to find your wireless network password easily.

What you will need:

  • A Computer connected to your wireless network
  • A Wireless Network
  • Time

View your password from a connected computer (Method 1)

This is by far one of the easiest ways to view your wireless network password. Before we begin make sure your account has administrator access.

1. Firstly, you will need to access your networks wireless properties, to do this you will have to click the wireless network icon on the taskbar in the lower right corner

2. Once you see your wireless network name right-click it and select properties

3. Now that you're viewing your networks wireless properties all you need to do now is select show characters, this will reveal your wireless network password

Application (Method 2)

In this method to show your wireless network password you will have to download an application called WirelessKeyView WirelessKeyView is one of the most simplest programs to use to view your wireless password. All you have to do is open the program.

1. Firstly, you will need to download the program, you can download it HERE

2. Once you have downloaded the program extract the RAR file to any place you want. I have chosen to extract it to the desktop for convenience

3. Once you have extracted the RAR file all you need to do now is open up WirelessKeyView.exe by double clicking it and it will display all the wireless networks you have ever connected to in the past, to the right of them are the passwords

I hope you enjoyed the How to View That Forgotten Wireless Network Password hub, if you have any questions, feel free to leave them below!

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    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I actually needed this right now. I reset my iPad and lost the WiFi connection. For some reason I can't get it back. I think I might have changed the password some time ago because the one I had been using doesn't work now.

      Luckily I still have my desktop working with both Ethernet and WiFi. So I switched it to WiFi and tried to run WirelessKeyView as per your instructions. It didn't show any values at all. The first method doesn't show the passwords either.

      I had tried other methods I read about as well. None work. I guess WiFi passwords are more secure than the way these methods would relate.

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Sorry about the WirelessKeyViewer not working for you, it worked for me so I'm confused why it didn't work for you. The first method should show the password as I just tried it? Make sure you have show characters ticked.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I didn't even get that far to click "show characters" as it never listed any WiFi at all. It said to select from the list. But the list was empty. It's probably due to stronger protection I have built into my system.

      No problem though. I added another WiFi signal to my router for my iPad to pick up. So I have that on line again too.

      That was another work-around. I could also have just started over by resetting my router to factory settings and create a new WiFi. But I didn't want to take that chance since my desktop has access just fine.

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Oh, hmm. Ahh ok, bud.

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