Forgetting a Wi-Fi password is not a big deal. In your daily life, you have to remember and manage many things. If you have not written your Wi-Fi password on a piece of paper, you are very likely to forget it after few days. Forgetting the password is not a problem till you want to reset the Wi-Fi settings in your connected Windows 10 device or want a new person to get connected to that Wi-Fi router.
In case you have forgotten the password, you don’t need to worry as this article talks about how to find your forgotten Wi-Fi password. However, you must keep in mind that the following trick works only if your Windows 10 device was previously connected to the same Wi-Fi.
Go to the Start menu and type ‘Control Panel’ in the search bar. Once you open your Control Panel, you’ll find a list of options to change like System and Security, Network and Internet, ‘Hardware and Sound’, ‘Programs’, etc. Since you’ve to look for the WiFi password, click on the ‘Network and Internet’.
Once you are in the ‘Network and Internet’ category of the Control Panel, you will find the options related to the type of internet your device can get connected to. Since your device was connected to the Wi-Fi, which is a wireless network, click on the ‘Network and Sharing Center’ option.
Once you are in your ‘Network and Sharing Center’, you’ll find the names of all the active networks your device got connected to. Locate the name of the Wi-Fi network for which you want to find the password. Click on the ‘Connection’ listed against the name of the Wi-Fi to open the ‘Wi-Fi Status’ box corresponding to the selected Wi-Fi network.
The ‘Wi-Fi Status’ box tells you the technical information related to your Wi-Fi connection and activity like the IP address, SSID, speed, and the data sent and received. In the Connection category, click on the ‘Wireless Properties’ to open the details about your Wi-Fi network.
Once you open the ‘Wireless Network Properties’ of the selected WiFi, you’ll find the ‘Network Security Key’ which is your lost password written in hidden format. To reveal the password, you just need to check the ‘Show characters’ option given under the ‘Network Security’ Option.
The above method is the most secure and easiest way to recover your forgotten password as it does not involve the installation of any third-party software. Third-party software can pose risk to your data and privacy and thus should be used only when you trust the software provider.
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