How can I display a WIFI password? Someone is visiting – and the question about the WIFI password is often not long in coming. It’s especially fast when the coverage of the mobile phone is not good. After all, you need the WIFI password to connect devices to your network. Depending on the device there are different possibilities. In principle, the WIFI password can be written down. But if the note gets lost, you need another solution.
Log in to the router and show password
If the network password has never been changed, the password is on the back of many routers. The SSID is the name of the network. Usually the password of the network is placed under it. Unfortunately, if you changed the password during setup, it will no longer work. At Unitymedia, for example, you get a code to scan or a sticker with the password. For security reasons it is recommended to change the password.
Show WIFI password via the router software
If you are already connected to the network, you can go through a Fritzbox or Speedport Router and get the password displayed. Because the password to log in to the router is different than connecting to the network. This password is also placed on the back of the router. Usually you will be able to log in using the default IP address “192.168.1.1”. In the network settings you can also look up the IP address of the router. If the display with the IP address causes problems, you can also reach the Fritzbox via http://fritz.box. With the Speedport this works similar under http:/speedport.ip. These links only work if you are in your home network and connected to the corresponding box via W/LAN. Just copy them to the address line and access them..
If you have logged in, you can change your password under Network/Password or similar. Settings you can see the valid password. You can also change it there. This only works if you have not changed the password for the router.
For Windows 10 show the WIFI password – also for Win 7 and 8!
The first time you connect to a network, the name of the wireless network (the SSID) and the password are saved – unless you set the settings to connect only once. In Windows 7, you’ll find the “Network and Internet” item in the system settings. If you select this item, the “Network and Sharing Center” is the next place to go. Finally, under “Wireless Networks” you can see your personal WIFI networks. If you want to display the WIFI password, you have to select the corresponding networks and check the box “Show characters” under “Security”. Afterwards, the password for joining the WIFI is revealed.
Basically, the way is always similar with Windows. With Windows 10, you go to the “Wireless Properties” area after the Network and Sharing Center. The right tab “Security” is also the key to the password here. Check “Show characters” and the password will be displayed.
Show passwords on Android and iOS!
It works similarly simple with devices that run on Android. You need the current access to the network. The Android device must be connected. If this is the case, it is sufficient to select the WIFI settings and press the button to select the existing connection. Behind the more detailed options you will find the item “Change WLAN”. Select this item and click “Show password” to display the WIFI password.
Unfortunately it is not that easy with iOS. If you want to get the access data for your WIFI, you need an iMac or MacBook. Then you can go over the keychain and get the password at the entry for the network.
Save passwords and manage them in the safe – with a manager!
A password manager takes care of this problem for you. With a classic password manager such as KeePass, you only need a master password. Stiftung Warentest examined Password Manager – Keepass is among the top 3.
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