If you’ve forgotten a Wi-Fi password to a network you previously logged in to, your computer should still have it saved. – knowledge
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If you’ve forgotten a Wi-Fi password to a network you previously logged in to, your computer should still have it saved.

Are you looking for the Wi-Fi password for a network you’ve logged in to in the past? Whether it’s a school, work or coffee shop network, the password should be stored on your laptop. But if it doesn’t automatically connect to the network next time, you may have to do a little digging to find out what the password is.  

If your computer has connected to that Wi-Fi network before, don’t worry. The first time you connect to a network on a Mac or Windows computer, the network name and password are stored in memory. It’s fairly easy to dive into your computer settings to extract and record the password for other devices.Find Forgotten Wi-Fi Passwords for Previously Used Networks04:03Large play-pause toggle00:0004:03

We’ll tell you how to find the passwords to all of the Wi-Fi networks you’ve ever connected to on MacOS and Windows. For more details, here’s what to know about the latest MacBook Pro and the MacOS Monterey update.

How to find Wi-Fi passwords with MacOS

Every password you’ve entered and saved on a Mac is stored in Keychain Access, the password management system for MacOS. And that includes Wi-Fi network passwords. 

To start, use the search feature to open the Keychain Access app and do the following:

1. Click on System under System Keychains in the sidebar.

2. Next, click on Passwords at the top of the window.

3. Find the Wi-Fi network you want the password for and double-click on it.

4. Finally, check the box next to Show password and enter your password when prompted.

Keychain Access app pop-up on MacBook
Find all your stored Wi-Fi passwords in the Keychain Access app on MacOS.Screenshot by Nelson Aguilar/CNET

The password field will then show the password you used to log in to that Wi-Fi network. You can double-click in the password field to select the password and copy it to your clipboard, if needed.

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