How to See Wifi Passwords in Windows 11


Maybe your significant other runs the tech in your house and you don’t actually know the wifi password. Or, maybe you’re just having a memory lapse and can’t remember where you put the wireless network password in case you forgot it. No matter the reason there is a simple option to see your wifi passwords in Windows 11 without having to either remember or find it.

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Steps to See Wifi Passwords in Windows 11

  1. Navigate to your Windows 11 home screen, and then click the “Windows” icon on the taskbar.
  2. Type “Control Panel” in the search box, and then click “Control Panel” in the list of results.

  1. Click “Network and Internet.”

  1. Click “Network and Sharing Center.”

  1. Click the name of the wifi network you’re currently connected to in the View Your Active Networks section.

  1. Click “Properties” in the Activity section.

  1. Click the “Security” tab to see the Security window. The password associated with your wireless network will be blocked out in the Network Security Key section.

  1. Click to place a check mark next to “Show Characters.” Your wifi password will be displayed in that section.

What to Do Once You Have Your Wifi Password

Now that you have your wifi password, it’s important to store it in a safe place and not just in a Notepad or Word file on your computer, or in the Notes app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. I’d recommend using a password manager like LastPass or 1Password.

Reasons to See Your Wi-Fi Password in Windows 11

There are a few good reasons you may want to see your wifi password in Windows 11:

1. Connecting a New Device

When you get a new device, you need to connect it to your Wi-Fi network. And to do so, you’ll need the password. Windows 11 makes it easy for you to see your Wi-Fi password. Simply navigate to the Network & Internet settings, select the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to, and click on the “Show password” option. This way, you can easily enter the password on your new device and start using it right away.

2. Troubleshooting

Have you ever had a device connected to your Wi-Fi network, but still unable to access the internet? One of the common reasons could be an incorrect password. Windows 11 allows you to view your Wi-Fi password and confirm that you have entered it correctly on your device. This way, you can troubleshoot and resolve the issue quickly.

3. Sharing the Password

Sharing your Wi-Fi password with friends, family, or guests can be a hassle. But not with Windows 11. You can easily view your password in the Network & Internet settings and share it with whoever needs it. No more writing it down or remembering it for others.

4. Recording the Password

We all have a tendency to forget passwords. Recording your Wi-Fi password in a secure place, like in Windows 11, can be a lifesaver. This way, you can easily access it in the future without having to reset it.

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