After reading my guide on how to manage passwords, you decided to follow my advice and put some order between your various accounts, installing a program on your computer and an application on your smartphone that can store the access keys for you. Unfortunately, however, when you tried to access some accounts that you rarely use, you realized that you no longer remember your password. So now, not only can't you go on with your work, but you don't even have a clue how to access all the accounts that you can't remember. If that's the case, I don't see what the problem is: if you want, I'm here to help you.
If you give me a few minutes of your free time, I can tell you how to recover passwords for many accounts, such as Facebook, Instagram, Google, but also the access key to your account on Windows or to connect to your home Wi-Fi network. For each of these services, I will show you the procedure to get a new password with which you can access your account again without any "collateral damage".
If you agree, let's not waste any more time chatting and take action now. Come on: make yourself comfortable, take your time and dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs. Identify the procedure you are interested in, follow the instructions I am about to give you and I assure you that, in no time at all, you will be able to get a new access key and reconnect to your account. Enjoy your reading!
Recover WiFi Password
You can recover your WiFi password from both computers and smartphones and tablets, although in the latter case the procedure is not the easiest.
From your computer, if you have a PC running Windows 10, click the Start button (the flag icon in the lower left corner), type Control Panel in the search field, and when you find it, click on it. In the newly opened window, choose Network and Internet and Network and Sharing Center, click on the Wi-Fi network, press the Wireless Properties button and select the Security tab. Then check the box next to Show Characters and you can see your Wi-Fi network password next to the Network Security Key item.
If, on the other hand, you have a computer running Windows 7 or earlier, click the network icon at the bottom right of the clock, locate your wireless network, right-click on it, and select Properties from the menu that opens. In the new window that appears on the screen, select the Security tab, place a checkmark next to the Show Characters item, and write down the visible password next to the Network Security Key option.
If you are using a Mac, click the magnifying glass icon in the menu bar, type "Keychain Access" in the Spotlight Search field and select the first result. In the newly opened window, select the System item in the Keychain section and choose the Password option under Category, then double-click on the Wi-Fi network you're interested in, check the box next to Show Password, and enter your Mac user account password to see the password for the selected Wi-Fi network. To learn more, I'll leave you to my WiFi password recovery guide.
If you want to retrieve your home Wi-Fi network password using your Android-equipped smartphone or tablet, you should know that it must have been rooted. Once this procedure is complete, you can trace the keys of wireless networks saved on Android using any file manager such as Total Commander. For the detailed procedure, you can read my guide on how to recover Android WiFi passwords.
On iPhone and iPad, however, you can use the Wifi-Pass app. However, the latter may not always be able to recover the password of the Wi-Fi networks you are interested in. In this case, you can rely on other such resources that require you to unlock your device by jailbreaking. To learn more about this, I'll leave you to my tutorial on how to discover WiFi passwords with iPhone.
Retrieve your Apple ID password
If you're wondering how to recover your Apple ID password, it will help to know that the recovery process is different depending on the security system associated with your account.
If two-factor authentication is enabled on the latter, grab your iPhone or iPad, access iOS Settings by tapping on the gear wheel icon, press on your display name at the top and select the Password and Security and Change Password options. Now, if a security code is enabled on your device, enter it in the security code field and, on the next screen, enter the new password to associate with your Apple ID in the New and Verify fields.
If, however, no security code is enabled on your iPhone or iPad, the two-factor authentication process will start. Then log in to a second device associated with your Apple ID, press the Allow button and note the verification code that appears on the screen that you need to type on your other device.
Once the two-factor verification is complete, tap on the item Forgot your password? Enter your phone number in the appropriate field and choose the Reset with phone number option, then type the security code of your iPhone/iPad and, in the New Apple ID Password screen, enter your new access key in the Password and Confirm fields.
If you're using a Mac, all you need to do is access System Preferences by tapping on the gear wheel icon in the Dock bar, select the iCloud option and, in the newly opened window, tap on the Account Details button. Now, select the Security tab, click Change Password, enter your Mac's administrator password in the Password field, and set a new access key for your Apple ID by entering it in the New Password and Confirm fields.
Alternatively, if you don't have two-factor authentication enabled, you can retrieve your Apple ID password by logging into Apple's official website. Then click Forgot your Apple ID or password? Enter the email address associated with your Apple ID in the field provided and press the Continue button, then tick the password next to the entry and press the Continue button again.
On the new screen that appears, choose one of the available options between Receive an email to reset your password using the email address associated with your Apple ID and Answer the security questions to set a new password by entering the answers to two of the three security questions set when creating your Apple ID.
Once you've made your choice, follow the directions shown on the screen, then enter your new login key in the New Password and Confirm Password fields, press the Reset Password button and you're done. To learn more, I'll leave you to my guide on how to recover your Apple ID password.
Retrieve your Instagram password
To recover your Instagram password, first start the popular social network app, tap on Forgotten password? Enter the phone number, email address or username associated with your Instagram account in the Phone number, email address or username field and press the Send login link button.
In the email you received, tap on the Reset your Instagram password entry, enter the new access key to use in the New Password and New password confirmation fields and press the Reset password button.
If, however, you prefer to recover your Instagram password from your computer, go to the main social networking page, select Sign in and, on the new page that opens, click the Forgot your password? Now, enter your phone number, email address or username on Instagram in the Email, Phone or Username field and click the Send login link button.
Then press the Reset password button and, on the new page that opens, enter the new access key to associate with your account in the New password and New password confirmation fields. Finally, click on the Reset password button and you're done. For the detailed procedure, I leave you to my tutorial on how to recover your Instagram password.
Retrieve Google password
To retrieve your Google password, connect to the main page of the popular search engine, click the Login button and select your Google account. If your Google account does not appear in the list of available accounts, choose Use another account, enter the email address or phone number associated with your Google account in the appropriate field and press the Next button.
Now, choose the Forgotten password option? , enter the last password you remember using in the Enter last password field and click the Next button. If you can't even remember an old password from your Google Account, select Try another method, answer the question When did you create this Google Account? using the Month and Year drop-down menus and click the Next button.
If you are also unable to provide a response, click on Try another method, enter your secondary email address in the appropriate field and press the Next button, then enter the verification code you received at the email address indicated in the Enter code field and press the Next button.
After answering one of the above questions and verifying your identity, you can enter your new Google Account password on the Change Password page. Then, in the Create Password and Confirm fields, press the Change Password button and you're done.
If you want to recover your Google account password from smartphones and tablets, you can proceed from your browser as I just indicated in the procedure for computers. Also, if you have an Android-equipped device, tap on the gear wheel icon to access the Settings, choose Google, select the Google Account option and tap on Personal Info. In the new screenshot, tap on the Password option, choose Forgot Password? and follow the steps to retrieve your access key. To learn more about this topic, you can read my guide on how to recover your Google password.
Retrieve Facebook passwords
To retrieve your Facebook password, you can either use the popular social networking app for smartphones and tablets or connect to the official Facebook website from your computer.
In the first case, after starting the application, tap the Forgotten Password? item and enter your name, email address or the phone number associated with your account in the Search Your Profile field, then select your profile (if you've searched by name), tick next to one of the available options between SMS Confirmation and Email Confirmation and press the Continue button.
After receiving the verification code via SMS or email, enter it in the Enter code field and press the Continue button. Now, choose whether to force the disconnection of your account from any device, enter the new password to use in the Type a new password field and press the Continue button to access your account.
To retrieve your Facebook password from your computer, go to the main social network page and click on the option Don't remember how to access your account anymore? Enter the email address or phone number associated with your account in the Find your account field and press the Search button.
Now, verify your identity by choosing whether to receive a verification code via SMS or email, enter the code received in the appropriate field and press the Continue button to reset the password by entering it in the New Password field. To learn more, you can read my guide on how to recover your Facebook password.
Retrieve Alice password
If you can no longer access your Alice Mail account because you no longer remember your access key, log in to the service's website (now called TIM Mail) and follow the procedure to retrieve your Alice password.
In the new page that opens, click on the Recover username and password item, enter your username in the Username field below ...your password? and check the box next to one of the items available between @tim.it, @alice.it and @tin.it.
Then, on the Password Recovery button, enter the verification code displayed on screen in the field provided and click the Next button twice in a row to receive an SMS containing a security code to recover your password. Enter it in the field provided and press the Next button, then type the new access key to associate with your Alice account in the Your new password and Repeat password fields and click the Next button to complete the password recovery.
If you don't have a computer, you can also set a new access key to your account from smartphones and tablets using the browser you usually use to surf the Internet (e.g. Chrome on Android or Safari on iOS). In this case, the procedure is the same as described above for computers. You can learn more about this by reading my guides on how to change Alice Mail passwords and how to recover Alice passwords.
Recover password Free
If your intention is to retrieve your password Free from computer, linked to the official website of the service, click on the Mail item at the top right, enter your email address in the Enter your email and press the Next button.
On the new screen that appears, click the Forgot your password? and re-enter your email address in the field firstname.lastname@example.org, check the box next to the item I'm not a robot to verify your identity and press the Continue button.
Now, place a checkmark next to one of the available options between Receive instructions at the secondary email address and Receive instructions at your phone number and click the Continue button, then click the link in the email or message you received and, on the newly opened page, enter the new access key to associate with your account in the New Password and Confirm New Password text fields.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to recover your password Free from smartphones and tablets, you should know that in this case too you have to proceed from the browser and the procedure is the same as described above for computers. To find out more, I'll leave you to my guide on how to recover your Free Password.
Retrieve Hotmail password
The procedure to recover your Hotmail password is quick and easy. All you need to do is log in to the Outlook website (Microsoft's replacement service for Hotmail), click the Login button, enter your email address in the Email, Phone or Skype field and press the Next button.
On the next screen, click I've forgotten my password, press the Next button and tick one of the options between Send email, SMS and Use my authentication app (not all options may be available). Once you've made your choice, enter the missing part of your email address or phone number in the field provided, press the Send Code button, enter the code you received in the Enter code field and click the Next button.
After verifying your identity, on the Reset Password screen, enter your new login key in the New Password and Confirm Password and press the Next button to complete the password recovery. For the detailed procedure, I leave you to my Hotmail password recovery tutorial.
It will be useful to know that you can also set a new password for your account from smartphones and tablets by downloading the Outlook app for Android and iOS devices. The procedure is almost identical to what described for computers in the previous paragraphs. In this regard, you may find my guide on how to download Outlook to smartphones and tablets helpful.
Retrieve Windows 10 passwords
If you're having trouble accessing your computer because you can't remember the access key to your local account, to recover your Windows 10 password, enter a wrong access key in the Password field and press the Enter key on your keyboard to see a hint that might help you remember your current access key.
If not, click the Reset Password option and follow the wizard to set up a new access key for your account. If you have any further problems, I am sorry to tell you that there is no other way to reset your password from the login screen and the only option available to you is to reset your computer. In order not to get into that situation again, you might want to read my guide on how to delete Windows 10 passwords and how to change Windows 10 passwords.
If, on the other hand, you can't remember the password for the Microsoft account you use to access your Windows 10 PC, the password recovery procedure is identical to what I described earlier in the chapter on how to recover Hotmail passwords in this guide.