view wifi password on windows 11

To view your stored WiFi password on Windows 11, you can use the Command Prompt or the Windows Settings. Here are the steps for both methods:

Using Command Prompt

  1. Open Command Prompt with Administrator Privileges:

    • Right-click on the Start button.
    • Select “Windows Terminal (Admin)” or “Command Prompt (Admin)” from the menu. If you see PowerShell (Admin), you can use that too, as the commands are the same.
  2. Find Your WiFi Network Name (SSID):

    • In the command prompt, type the following command and press Enter:
    • netsh wlan show profiles
    • This will list all the WiFi networks you have connected to from your PC. Note the exact name of the network whose password you want to view.
  • View the WiFi Password:

    • Type the following command, replacing "YOURWIFINAME" with the name of your WiFi network:
    • netsh wlan show profile name="YOURWIFINAME" key=clear
    • Scroll down to the “Security settings” section in the output. Next to “Key Content,” you will see the WiFi network password.

Using Windows Settings

  1. Open Settings:

    • Click on the Start button and select “Settings,” or press Windows + I on your keyboard.
  2. Navigate to Network & Internet:

    • In the Settings window, click on “Network & Internet.”
  3. Access WiFi Settings:

    • Click on “WiFi” on the left pane, then click on “Manage known networks.”
  4. View Network Properties:

    • Find the network whose password you want to view and click on it, then click on “Properties.”
  5. Reveal the Password:

    • Under the “Properties” section, you might see the option to view the password with a “Show characters” checkbox, depending on your version of Windows 11 and network settings. If this option is not available, you will need to use the Command Prompt method above.

Note: The ability to view WiFi passwords directly in the Settings app may vary based on updates and versions of Windows 11. If you can't find the option in Settings, using the Command Prompt method is a reliable alternative.

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