Our memory is not infallible, and it is possible that on some occasion you have encountered the need to remember the password for a WiFi network to which you usually connect with another computer. It is not the end of the world if you have not written down your passwords, since all computers store the access codes that you are using.
You just have to know where and how to search, and that’s why today we are going to tell you seven ways to recover the keys of the WiFi networks to which you usually connect with your computer with Windows, Mac OS X and GNU / Linux. We will also tell you some basic trick and even an application with which to speed up the process.
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First of all, look at the router
It may seem obvious, but since it is not always obvious for everyone, we cannot start without remembering it. Before you start to fiddle with anything, look at your router. If you haven’t changed your default passwordOn the back of the router there is usually a sticker with the name of the network or SSID and the access key.
And well, if you are always going to change the password you can leave the new one noted also on the back of the router to be able to look at it whenever you need it. You know, prevention can avoid headaches in the future, and although it seems rudimentary it works, at least as far as home WiFis are concerned.
The password of the WiFi you are using
If you are connected with any Windows laptop to WiFi, the operating system will automatically remember the password. Therefore, if you need it for some other device, you can always use it. All you have to do is right click on the small WiFi icon to the right of the taskbar and choose the option Open the Network and Sharing Center.
Once in the window that opens, you will see that the section See active networks it is divided into two columns. In the one on the right there is an option called Connections, in which your WiFi will appear in blue. Well, click there to enter the menu WiFi status, where you just have to click on Wireless properties so that a third window will open for you. The security key will appear on it, although covered, and below the option to show it to you.
The key of other WiFi used in Windows 7
But if what you want is to be able to access the passwords of all the WiFi networks to which you have been connecting, Windows allows you to do it quite easily, although the method changes depending on the version of the operating system. If you are a Windows 7 user, you just have to go back to Center network and sharing as before, and once there, look in the left panel for the option to Manage Wireless Networks.
Will appear to you a list with all networks to which you have connected, and you will only have to double click on the one you want. By doing this you will enter the same window as in the previous step, and with the same button to discover the password.
Other WiFi networks used in Windows 8 and 10
This simple process is quite complicated in Windows 8 and 10, since in them the option to manage wireless networks does not exist and you will have to pull command line. But do not be scared because it is easy, you just have to open the application Command Prompt and write the command netsh wlan show profiles.
As you see in the list above, A list will appear with all the profiles of WiFi networks stored in the computer. Now you just have to type the command netsh wlan show profile name = profilename key = clear replacing profilename with the name of the WiFi and you will be shown a list of data, including the access key.
WirelessKeyView, a quick and easy solution
Does it seem too complicated for you to have to navigate windows and menus with Windows 7 or enter codes in the Windows 8 or 10 terminal? Well then you have a faster and more universal solution called WirelessKeyView from NirSoft. It is an application that you will only have to download and run, and that will automatically show you the list of stored WiFi networks and their respective passwords.
Find your WiFi password on Mac OS X
The OS X operating system of Apple Macs also saves the passwords of the WiFi networks to which you connect. To access them you just have to press Command + Space to open the search engine and enter from there to Keychain Access. Will appear to you a list with all the keys that you have been storing.
Then you just have to locate the name of the WiFi network in the list, click on it and hit the information button that appears with a i at the bottom of the window. In the window that you will access, you will be able to ask to be shown the password, for which you will have to enter your username and system password.
Finding your WiFi password in GNU / Linux
As GNU / Linux has different desktop environments and configurations, there are some options that may appear in some distros and not in others. But in general, to access the password of the WiFi you are using, you just have to enter the preferences of the system and click on the Network option.
In the tab Wireless your WiFi will appear, and you just have to click on the options menu so that the window in which you can see the password opens. In some distributions such as Antergos, which is the one I use and to which the capture belongs, you will also see an option called Historical with which you will access the passwords of all the WiFi networks that you have been using.
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