What to do to recover forgotten Wi-Fi password

Sometimes it can happen to forget the password of the connection of home or office, luckily to recover the credentials just a few clicks

Remembering the password of the Wi-Fi of home or work is not easy. Our devices, such as smartphones and computers, in fact, automatically remember the credentials of the connection and over time it is easy to forget them. If we have never changed the password of our Wi-Fi, we can probably recover the access key by simply looking at the back of the router. Almost always, in fact, the access credentials are printed on the modem we use at home and at work. It may happen, however, that we do not have access to the router or that the writing is not present or has been erased. In this case there are a number of small and simple manual steps that we can take to recover the password of our Wi-Fi connection.

Search in the last used computers

As we have already said, computers automatically save the passwords of the Wi-Fi connection. To retrieve the credentials then we can look on the last laptops we used in the house and try to see if the passcode remained saved. To do this just go to the properties of the last saved connections. This method works on both Mac and Windows.

To find Wi-Fi passwords with Windows you must, first of all, establish the connection with the wireless network. Once this is done, open the Control Panel, click on Network and Internet and then on Network and Sharing Center. Here click on the name of the Wi-Fi network you are connected to (it appears in the right half of the screen) and, in the new window that opens, click on the Wireless Properties button. A new window will open again, consisting of two tabs: open the second one (Security) and then check the box at Show Characters: the lost Wi-Fi password will appear in the upper lines.

To see passwords on Mac, instead, open Keychain Access and, in the search field at the top right, enter the name of the wireless network you are interested in. In a few moments it will appear at the bottom of the screen, as a result of the search you've just done: just double-click on the name and check Show password and you're done.

Use an Ethernet cable

To retrieve the Wi-Fi password we can also directly connect the computer to the router through an Ethernet cable. This operation will allow us to access the management panel of the network device, so we can retrieve the information we need. First of all, enter the router's IP address in a browser (if you don't know the IP address, you can find out how to find it here) and access the device's settings. At this point, navigate through the various menu items until you find something that has to do with the connection Wireless: here you should find the Wi-Fi password in "plain text" and jot it down on a piece of paper or on your smartphone.

Reset Wi-Fi Password

If the previous tips weren't enough to recover the Wi-Fi password, the option left to us is to reset the access credentials to our wireless line. First we take our router and look for the reset button. Attention is often very small and you need a paperclip to press it. Also to give effectiveness to the action we will have to keep the button pressed for about 10 seconds. Once this is done, the router will reboot and delete all previously saved settings. We will have to set it from scratch. It is not a complicated operation but it is better to do it having the manual of the modem at hand. Let's remember that once a new password has been created, we will have to modify it on all devices at home or in the office.