How to Recover a Lost Wifi Password

Did you accidentally disconnect your computer or mobile devices from your home Wi-Fi network and panic because you can't remember their passwords? Well, don't worry... you can count on my help. In fact, with today's guide, I'm going to explain how to retrieve WiFi passwords in detail.

I beg your pardon? You're not very experienced in new technologies and you're worried that the process might be too complicated for you? But no, don't be alarmed! The operations that need to be done are much simpler than they seem. Just follow the instructions I'm about to give you and you'll see that, even if you don't consider yourself a "geek", you'll surely be able to complete the procedure in no time.

So? How would you like to put the chatter aside and take action? Yes? That's great! Sit back nice and comfortable, take some time off just for yourself and start focusing on reading the following. I sincerely hope that, in the end, you'll be happy and satisfied with both what you've learned and what you've achieved.

Preliminary information

Before getting to the heart of the tutorial and explaining what to do to try to recover WiFi passwords, there are some preliminary information that I must give you.

Let's start from the bottom line: recovering your Wi-Fi password is completely legal when it comes to your wireless networks. Trying to access someone else's wireless networks without permission is a serious violation of privacy and can even be a crime.

In light of the above, I invite you to put into practice the instructions contained in this guide only and exclusively to try to recover the lost password of your Wi-Fi network. It is in no way my intention to encourage illegal activities, so I accept no responsibility for any use you may decide to make of the information in this guide.

Also, if in the future you want to avoid losing your access key to your wireless network, I recommend that you consider using a password manager, i.e. software that allows you to store passwords and other sensitive data such as protecting them with a single master password (e.g. 1Password or Bitwarden). 

How to recover WiFi passwords from your PC

Having made the necessary clarifications above, let's get to the heart of the matter and find out how to recover WiFi passwords from your PC. Below, then, you will find an explanation of how to proceed on Windows and macOS.

How to recover WiFi passwords from Windows 10

By default, Windows stores passwords for the wireless networks you connect to with your PC, so you don't have to type them again each time, and allows you to trace them back (at least as far as active connections are concerned).

You can use this feature to try to recover WiFi passwords from Windows 10. How? Right-click on the network icon (the one with the Wi-Fi tags) located in the lower-right corner next to the system clock, and choose Open Network and Sharing Center from the menu that appears.

In the new window that appears on your desktop, click on the name of the wireless network you are interested in (under Internet) and, in the additional window that opens, click on the Details button and choose the Security tab.

Once you have completed the above steps, you will see the password for the Wi-Fi network you are currently connected to next to the Network Security Key. If you can't see the password, simply tick the Show Characters box next to it to fix it.

How to recover WiFi passwords from Mac

Are you using an Apple-branded computer and would you like to know how to retrieve WiFi passwords from your Mac? If so, passwords used to access wireless networks stored in the past are stored in Keychain Access, the application that comes "standard" on MacOS, where you can view all your login and credit card information stored on your computer and other Apple devices connected to the same iCloud account.

That said, to take advantage of Keychain Access for your purpose, access the Launchpad by clicking on the Launchpad icon (the one with the space rocket) on the Dock bar, open the Other folder and select the application icon (the one with the key bunch).

In the window that appears on your desktop, click the System item in the Keychain section on the left, click the Password item in the Category section (also on the left), locate the name of the wireless network you are interested in from the list on the right, and double-click on it. If necessary, you can help you find the network by typing its name in the search field at the top right.

After completing the above steps, in the additional window that opens, check that the Attributes tab is selected (otherwise you do it) and tick the box next to Show password.

In the new window that will now appear, type in your macOS account name and associated password, then click the Allow button to unlock access to the content you are interested in. You will then find the password for the network you are interested in in the Show password field.

How to recover WiFi password from mobile phone

You don't have your computer at hand and would be interested in how to retrieve WiFi passwords from your mobile phone. In that case, follow the instructions below, which are valid for both Android and iOS/iPadOS.

How to retrieve WiFi passwords from Android

If you are interested in finding out how to recover WiFi passwords from Android, please note that you can do so by using an application for this purpose: WiFi Key Recovery. It is completely free and allows you to view the complete list of access keys for the wireless networks to which you have connected on your device.

The only thing to take into account is that the app requires root to run on your smartphone or tablet to work properly. If you don't know what this is about, please be aware that this is a procedure that allows you to acquire administrator permissions on your system and, therefore, to perform various operations that would normally not be allowed (including access to protected files).

It is not always difficult to run the root, but it is a procedure that varies from device to device and can result in data loss and invalidation of the warranty of the device. 

After that, to download WiFi Key Recovery to your device, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and press the Install button. Then, launch the app, either by tapping the Open button that appears on the screen or by selecting the icon that has just been added to the home screen or drawer.

Next, give the app the necessary permissions for the superuser and, once you see its main screen, locate the name of the Wi-Fi network whose password you want to recover from the proposed list: then tap on it and you'll find its password in the psk entry.

If you think it's appropriate, you can help you find him or her using the search field at the top by typing the name inside.

How to recover WiFi password from iPhone

If you are interested in finding out how to retrieve WiFi passwords from iPhone (as well as iPad, it makes no difference), I would like to inform you that in order to succeed, you can use the iCloud Keyring: Apple's service that allows you to store and synchronize all login and credit card data stored on iOS/iPadOS and macOS in the cloud.

So, you need to have a Mac and trace the password of the wireless networks you connected to from the "melaphone" via the MacOS Keychain Access application, proceeding in the same way as I told you in step up on Wi-Fi password recovery on Mac.

How to recover WiFi passwords from routers

Can't recover your Wi-Fi password because the access key to your wireless network is not stored on the computer or mobile device you are using? Then you can try tracing the data in question via your router.

More precisely, you can take a look at the label located under or behind the device, which usually shows the name of the wireless network generated by the device and the access key to use to log in. If you haven't made any changes to your router's basic configuration, this information should be valid.

Alternatively, or in case no label is available, you can try to retrieve WiFi passwords from routers by consulting the user manual of the device, generally attached to the sales package of the device.

You can also trace the password for the wireless network generated by the device via its management panel. To access it, for starters, make sure you are connected to the device (maybe via Ethernet cable, if you can't access Wi-F), start the browser you usually use to browse int Network (e.g. Chrome), and connect to the address or (which are the default IPs for most routers).

If you are also asked to enter a combination of username and password to access the router's management panel, try admin/admin or admin/password (which are the most commonly used default combinations). In case they don't work, follow the instructions I gave you in my tutorial on how to see the modem's password to try to solve them.

Once logged in, to find the Wi-Fi password, go to the section of the control panel dedicated to the configuration or security of the wireless network and you will be able to see the data of your interest in correspondence with the network name (the SSID).

If you are using a router with support for 5GHz (dual-band) networks, please note that you may have different passwords for the network in question and for the 2.4GHz network. In that case, after logging into the management panel, you will need to access both the 2.4GHz wireless network settings menu and the 5GHz wireless network settings menu.

Unfortunately I can't be too specific in my directions, as the entries in the admin panel may differ slightly depending on the exact model of the device. 

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