How to find the WiFi password on Windows 11

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Windows 11 has a new user interface. The quick switches and panels that users had access to on Windows 10 have been moved or redesigned to be less useful than they were on Windows 10. On Windows 11 you now have to go through the Settings app to access basic settings which were much easier to access on Windows 10.

Password WiFi su Windows 11

When connecting to a WiFi network on Windows 11, you must first enter the password for the network. You just have to enter the password once. As long as the password for the network does not change, you will automatically connect to the network when it is within range. The password is stored locally.



View WiFi password on Windows 11

The WiFi password is stored on Windows 11 and users can search for it whenever they need it. You must be connected to a WiFi network to view the password.

  • Open the Control Panel.
  • Go to Network and Internet.
  • Select Network and sharing center.
  • Click on the WiFi network you are connected to.
  • In the window that opens, click the Wireless Properties button.
  • In the window that opens, enable the "Show characters" option and authenticate with the administrator password.

View WiFi passwords for other networks

If you want to view the password for a WiFi network that you have connected to before, but which you are not currently connected to, you can do so. Unfortunately, you can't do this via the GUI. You will need to go through the command prompt.

  • Open Command Prompt.
  • Run this command: netsh wlan show profile
  • Write down the name of the WiFi network for which you want to find the password.
  • Run this command: netsh wlan show profile “WiFi Network Name” key = clear
  • Scroll down and look for the Key Content value to find the password for the network.
  • Repeat for other networks.

Note: When running the command in step 4, make sure the name is enclosed in quotation marks.



Conclusion

On Windows 7, it was easy to see the password for the WiFi network you're currently connected to. It has changed in Windows 10 so that this particular window is more difficult to view. The change was not undone in Windows 11. The Control Panel is still present on Windows 11, so the process for finding the password for a WiFi network is roughly the same as in Windows 10. If you choose to forget a WiFi network, you will no longer be able to search for the password.



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