How to View Wi-Fi Password (Network Security Key) in Windows 10

It is a common problem when you forget the security key for your Wi-Fi because everything has been working well for a long time. And suddenly you need to enter your Wi-Fi password again.

It may happen if you decided to reinstall Windows on your laptop, change the account or perhaps if you want to connect your new smartphone or tablet to your home wireless network.

Today we will show you how to view Wireless Network Security Key saved in Windows 10. Guide updated to meet all changes in the recent Windows 10 version.

What is a Network Security Key

Wi-Fi password (Network Security Key) serves to protect your wireless network and prevents from the unauthorized access to your PCs, laptops, tablets, phones, etc. In different operating systems it also can be called Wireless Security Key, Wireless Password and Network Security Key.

How to find and view Wi-Fi password in Windows 10

Follow these easy steps to quickly view a wireless network security key on any Windows 10 laptop or desktop:

    1. Right-click the network icon in the Taskbar.
    2. In Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709) and newer select Open Network & Internet settingsOpen Network & Internet settings
    3. Click on Wi-Fi in the left side.
    4. Scroll down and click on Network and Sharing CenterNetwork and Sharing Center Windows 10 FCU
      Note! In older OS versions it was enough to click the icon in the Taskbar and select Open Network and Sharing CenterOpen Network and Sharing Center
    5. Click on the Wi-Fi (your SSID) link: Wi-Fi connection link
      Note! If here you see a wired connection instead of wireless, click the Change adapter settings link in the left pane: change adapter settings Windows 10
      find the Wi-Fi connection you want to view the password for and double-click it: list of network connections Windows 10
    6. Press the Wireless Properties button:Wireless Properties button to view wifi password
    7. Go to Security tab. Check the flag Show characters. After that you will be able to view your Wi-Fi password (Network Security Key):
      view WiFi password Windows 10
      Wi-Fi Password (Wireless Network Security Key) on Windows 10

Video Guide: How to View Wi-Fi Password on Windows 10 in 30 Seconds

Watch this short video guide to clarify everything.

Closing Words

These easy steps will allow you to recover your wireless password in Windows 10. And by the way, do not forget that you can also view the wi-fi password (network security key) on your router’s web interface:

view wifi password router settings

The last method can be applied to Access Points, Repeaters and similar equipment.

If something is not clear, feel free to ask questions in the comments!

4 thoughts on “How to View Wi-Fi Password (Network Security Key) in Windows 10”

  1. How can I connect my laptop to my new dongle. When I connect the dongle to the laptop it lights up and I see it on the available networks but I can’t figure out how to get the network security key to connect to the internet. I’ve tried it at the library and only got the libraries password

  2. I cannot connect to the wifi, almost called everyone (network subscriber, links, dlink,google). Window looking for Network Security key. I keyed in my password doesn’t connect. Using windows 10, what shall I do. Last time can connect easily but after PC repair cannot connect now.

  3. [1.] Open CMD
    [2.] type: netsh wlan show profile //this will generate a profile list of your saved keys
    [3.] type: netsh wlan show [wifi ssid generated from above] key=clear

    This will show you the key for any given wifi saved key on your PC under the security section list,
    key content=
    But this won’t help you if you can’t login using your already saved password.
    Your best bet would be to login to the router, using the login/password.
    If you can’t login to that, factory reset the router usually by holding down the reset while the device is powered on (or after it resets) and use the supplied credentials usually found on the bottom of the router.

    Good luck!


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