How to View Saved Wi-Fi Passwords on Windows 10?

If you’ve forgotten the password for connecting to your Wi-Fi network, you can find it on any Windows 10 devices that have previously connected to that wireless network. By default, Windows 10 saves passwords (keys) of all Wi-FI networks to which the device has ever been connected. In this article, we will show you how to view passwords for saved Wi-FI networks on Windows 10.

The current password of the Wi-Fi network to which your Windows device is currently connected can be viewed from the graphical interface of the Control Panel.

  1. Open “Settings” > “Network and Internet” > “Status” > “View network adapters and change connection settings”;

    Hint. You can open the Network Connections Control Panel dialog by clicking Win+R > ncpa.cpl > Enter;

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  2. Right-click your wireless adapter and select Status;
    windows 10 saved wifi passwords
  3. Click the Wireless Properties button, go to the Security tab and check the Show characters option;
  4. The password for connecting to your Wi-Fi router will be shown as plain text in the field Network security key.
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This method is quite simple, but it allows you to see only the password for the current Wi-Fi network.

You can list passwords for all saved wireless Wi-Fi networks using the command prompt.

  1. Run Command Prompt (cmd.exe) or PowerShell console as an administrator;
  2. Run the command:
    netsh wlan show profile

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  3. You will see a list of all known Wi-Fi networks. They are listed in the User Profiles section. To display the connection key for a specific Wi-Fi network, copy its name and run the command:
    netsh wlan show profile Xiaomi_12FS key=clear

    Hint. If the name of the Wi-FI profile contains spaces, it must be enclosed in quotes.
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  4. Note that this command returned the network name (SSID) and all used settings for connecting to the Wi-Fi access point. The network password is displayed in cleartext in the Key Content field.
    Profile Xiaomi_12FS on interface HoweWIFi:
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Applied: All User Profile
    
    Profile information
    
    -------------------
    
    Version : 1
    
    Type : Wireless LAN
    
    Name : Xiaomi_12FS
    
    Control options :
    
    Connection mode : Connect automatically
    
    Network broadcast : Connect only if this network is broadcasting
    
    AutoSwitch : Do not switch to other networks
    
    MAC Randomization : Disabled
    
    Connectivity settings
    
    ---------------------
    
    Number of SSIDs : 1
    
    SSID name : "Xiaomi_12FS"
    
    Network type : Infrastructure
    
    Radio type : [ Any Radio Type ]
    
    Vendor extension : Not present
    
    Security settings
    
    -----------------
    
    Authentication : WPA2-Personal
    
    Cipher : CCMP
    
    Authentication : WPA2-Personal
    
    Cipher : Unknown
    
    Security key : Present
    
    Key Content : Derevnya
    
    Cost settings
    
    -------------
    
    Cost : Unrestricted
    
    Congested : No
    
    Approaching Data Limit : No
    
    Over Data Limit : No
    
    Roaming : No
    
    Cost Source : Default
  5. If you only want to display the network security key, use the command:
    netsh wlan show profile Xiaomi_20F5 key=clear| Find “Key Content”

Using PowerShell, you can display only a list of SSIDs and keys:

(netsh wlan show profiles) | Select-String "\:(.+)$" | %{$profile_name=$_.Matches.Groups[1].Value.Trim(); $_} | %{(netsh wlan show profile name="$profile_name" key=clear)} | Select-String "Key Content\W+\:(.+)$" | %{$wifipass=$_.Matches.Groups[1].Value.Trim(); $_} | %{[PSCustomObject]@{ PROFILE_NAME=$profile_name;PASSWORD=$wifipass }} | Format-Table -AutoSize

Hint. Wi-Fi profiles are stored in XML files located in the directory C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Wlansvc\Profiles\Interfaces\.

Thus, in Windows 10, you can see the passwords for all saved Wi-Fi networks to which your device has previously connected.

Cyril Kardashevsky
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