If you use your Windows PC running Windows 11 to connect to a Wi-Fi network, it will automatically save that network’s password. If you want to check this password, you can do this using a couple of different methods. In this guide, we will show you how to view your Wi-Fi passwords on a Windows 11 PC.
How to View Your Wi-Fi Password on Windows 11
How to View Password for the Currently Connected Wi-Fi Network
If you want to check the password of the Wi-Fi network that your Windows 11 PC is currently connected to, you can use an option in the Windows 11 Settings app to do this. Follow the steps below to proceed.
- First off, go to the Settings app on your Windows 11 PC. You can do this by pressing the Windows + I keys on your keyboard at once.
- Once you are in the Settings app, click the “Network & Internet” tab in the sidebar on the left side of the screen.
- Now that you are on the “Network & Internet” page, select the “Advanced Network Settings” option.
- On the “Advanced Network Settings” page, go over to the “Related Settings” section and then click the option that says “More Network Adapter Options”.
- Once you do this, you will see a “Network Connections” window pop up on the screen. From this window, right-click your wireless adapter and then click on the “Status” option.
- Next up, a Status window will appear on the screen. From this window, select the “Wireless Properties” button.
- Now, the “Wireless Properties” window will appear on the screen. On the window, select the “Security” tab.
- This will take you to the Security tab. From here, you can view your Wi-Fi password. To view your password, all you need to do is to turn on the “Show Characters” box. You can find it right under the “Network Security Key” field.
Immediately, the password of the Wi-Fi network that your PC is currently connected to will be displayed in the “Network Security Key” field.
And that is pretty much all you need to do to find the password of the Wi-Fi network your Windows 11 PC is currently connected to. And now that you know the password, you can connect your other devices to the network and even share it with your friends and family.
How to View Passwords for Previously-Connected Wi-Fi Networks
Whenever you connect your Windows 11 PC to a Wi-Fi network, it automatically saves the network’s password. This means that you can check the password of any Wi-Fi network that your PC has previously connected to.
Unlike the method we just described above, there is no graphical way to get this done. Instead, you will need to employ a few commands in Windows Terminal to help you retrieve your saved Wi-Fi networks’ passwords. Follow the steps below to view your saved Wi-Fi networks’ passwords.
First off, open up the Windows Terminal on your Windows 11 PC. You can do this by opening up the Start menu. Type “Windows Terminal” in the search box and then select it from the list of search results.
Now that you are in Windows Terminal, you need to make sure that you have a Command Prompt open. If you do not have one open or aren’t sure if you have one open, then all you need to do is click the down-arrow icon at the top of the Windows Terminal window and then select the “Command Prompt” option to open one. Windows also allows you to change the default shell to Command Prompt in Windows Terminal if you want.
Now, that you are in the Command Prompt tab, you need to enter the command below into the Command Prompt and then press Enter. What this command does is display a list of Wi-Fi networks that you have saved on your Windows 11 PC.
netsh wlan show profiles
Next, when it displays the list of networks, find the Wi-Fi network whose password you would like to view. Make sure you already know the full name of the Wi-Fi network.
In the same Command Prompt tab, enter the following command and then press the Enter key. Note that you are to replace the “HTG” (without quotes) from the command below with the full name of your Wi-Fi network.
netsh wlan show profile name="HTG" key=clear | find /I "Key Content"
Now, you will get an output displayed in your Command Prompt tab. Look for the value next to “Key Content”. That is the password of the Wi-Fi network you specified.
And that’s pretty much it. You can use this method to check the passwords of other Wi_fi networks that you have connected your Windows 11 PC to in the past.