Connectivity is the linchpin of our digital age, and Wi-Fi stands at the forefront of this connected world. Windows 11, cognizant of this essentiality, offers a feature where your Wi-Fi passwords are automatically saved once you connect to a network. This means you can effortlessly reconnect to known networks without the hassle of re-entering the password each time. But what happens when you need that password for another device, or simply forget it? Fortunately, Windows 11 has got you covered. Even if you’ve misplaced the Wi-Fi password, as long as you’ve previously connected to that network on your PC, retrieving the saved password is a straightforward process. And the best part? You don’t need any external software to view this information. This risewindows guide is tailored to walk you through the steps to unearth your saved Wi-Fi network password on a Windows 11 PC. Let’s dive in and reconnect seamlessly.
How to View Saved Password for the Currently Connected Wi-Fi Network on Windows 11?
Using the Settings app, you can see the saved password for the Wi-Fi network you are currently connected to. For that, do the following steps:-
Step 1. Firstly, open the Settings App.
For that, press Windows and hold, then press the I key on the keyboard.
Step 2. Once the Windows Settings appears on your computer, choose the Network & Internet category in the left sidebar.
Step 3. After that, on the opposite side of the “Network & Internet,” select the Advanced network settings tile.
Step 4. Next, on the “Advanced Network Settings” page, under the “Related Settings” section, select the More network adapter options option.
Step 5. On your computer “Network Connections” window will appear. Select your wireless adapter and right-click on that. Then click Status in the open pop-up menus.
Step 6. In the “Status” window, hit the Wireless Properties button.
Step 7. Then, navigate to the Security tab in the following window.
Step 8. Under the “Network security key” field, check the option “Show characters.”
That’s it. Your saved Wi-Fi password for that Wi-Fi network will appear beside “Network security key” instantly.
How to Find Previously Connected Wi-Fi Networks Saved Passwords on Windows 11?
If you prefer to use Command Prompt to find or view previously connected Wi-Fi networks stored passwords on Windows 11, use the following steps:-
Step 1. First, open an elevated Command Prompt window.
Step 2. On the prompt, type the following and hit the Enter key on the keyboard to see a list of Wi-Fi networks saved on your PC:-
netsh WLAN show profiles
Step 3. After that, note down the Wi-Fi network’s full name, which you want to know the password in the network list. Next, type the following command and press Enter key:-
netsh WLAN show profile name=” GUW” key=clear | find /I “Key Content.”
Note:- Replace “GUW” (without quotes) with the full name of your Wi-Fi network that you noted in the above step.
Once you complete the above steps, in the output, besides the “Key Content” field, you will view or see that Wi-Fi network’s password.
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Accessing saved Wi-Fi passwords on Windows 11 is a straightforward process. Whether you are currently connected to a network or trying to retrieve a password from a previously connected network, Windows 11 offers built-in solutions to recover them, by following these steps, you can avoid the hassle of resetting your router or asking others for credentials. This knowledge is handy for personal use or assisting friends, family, or coworkers with their connectivity needs.