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How to find and share your Wi-Fi password

By Justin Pot · June 26, 2023
Wi-Fi icon in a white box against a peach-colored background.

If you invite a guest to your place, there's a good chance they'll ask for the Wi-Fi password. Instead of scrambling to remember where you scribbled down the password or squinting to decipher your handwriting (is it a lowercase L or a capital I?), there's a much easier way to find and share your password. 

  • How to share your Wi-Fi password on Windows

  • How to share your Wi-Fi password on Android

  • How to share your Wi-Fi password on iPhone and iPad

  • How to share your Wi-Fi password on Mac

How to find and share your Wi-Fi password on any device

Here's the short version (but keep scrolling if you want more details): 

  • On Windows, you can access the current network's password in the Control Panel. For other networks, use the command prompt or download a third-party program. 

  • On Android, you can view all your passwords in the Wi-Fi settings and share passwords using a QR code

  • On iPhone or iPad, it's not possible to view saved passwords, but you can easily share the passwords for the network you're currently connected to with any other iPhone or iPad user. Also, all saved passwords are automatically synced to your Mac, so you can view them there. 

  • On a Mac, simply open Keychain Access to view all saved passwords. 

How to find your Wi-Fi password on Windows

Windows doesn't have any kind of Wi-Fi sharing feature, which is disappointing, but if you want to see the password for whatever network you're currently attached to, here's how. 

  1. Open the Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center

  2. Click the name of the network you're connected to, and then click Wireless Properties.

    Security tab of the Wireless Properties window on Windows.
  3. In the Wireless Network Properties window, click Security. Here, you'll be able to view the Network security key (that's your password). By default, this key will appear as a series of dots. To reveal the password, check the Show characters box.

It's worth mentioning that this only works for the network you're currently attached to. If you want to access passwords for other networks, you've got two options.

  • Use the command prompt. The command netsh wlan show profile NetworkName key=clear will show you the password for any Wi-Fi network, if you replace "NetworkName" with the name of the network you want the password for. Can't recall the exact name of the network? Use the command netsh wlan show profile. This will show you a list of available networks.

  • Download a third-party app. Magical Jelly Bean Wi-Fi password revealer and WirelessKeyView both allow you to view all your saved Wi-Fi passwords.

How to find and share your Wi-Fi password on Android

Sharing passwords from an Android device is straightforward—there's support for browsing every network you've ever connected to, and you can see the password or quickly share it using a QR code. 

  1. Open Settings on your device, and then tap Network & Internet > Wi-Fi.

  2. In the Saved networks section, tap the network you'd like to share. 

  3. If you want to share the password with another device that has a camera, tap the Share button, and use that device to scan the QR code that appears. Alternatively, you can manually enter the plain text password that appears below the QR code.

Portion of the Wi-Fi settings display for a network named "Zapier Makes U." There's a box surrounding a QR code with text underneath the code that reads "Share."

How to share your Wi-Fi password on iPhone and iPad

If you want to share the Wi-Fi password to your iPhone or iPad with another iPhone or iPad user, it's really easy to do—there are just a few caveats: 

  1. Both devices need to be unlocked and have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on. 

  2. You can only share the password for the network you're currently connected to. 

  3. You must be saved in the recipient's Contacts and vice versa. 

Now that we've cleared that up, here's the simplest way to share your Wi-Fi password. 

If someone in your Contacts list is within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range of your device and tries to connect to a network you're connected to, a pop-up like this will appear:

Pop-up window on an iPhone with text that reads, "Do you want to share the Wi-Fi password for 'WiFi' with Jane Appleseed?" There's also a button with text that reads, "Share Password."
Image from Apple because everyone in my house already has our Wi-Fi password.

If you recognize the name, tap Share Password, and their device will connect. It's really slick.

Tip: There's no way to browse other passwords or share them with other users, but if you own a Mac, there's a workaround: all passwords saved on an iPhone or iPad are synced to macOS devices using iCloud, and that platform supports browsing saved passwords.

How to find a Wi-Fi password on a Mac

By default, your Mac stores all Wi-Fi passwords in Keychain Access. Here's how to access it.

  1. Open Finder, and then click  Applications > Utilities. Alternatively, you can use Spotlight (enter command+space), and then type "Keychain Access."

    Finding a WiFi password on a Mac
  2. Enter the name of the network you want the password to in the Search bar, and click to open.

  3. In the pop-up window that appears, check the Show password box. Note that you'll be prompted to enter an administrator password first, which is the password for your user account on most devices. 

One final thing: if your only method of managing your passwords is a scrap piece of paper floating around somewhere in your home, might I recommend a password manager? While it won't help you share your password, it will fix a lot of the other problems with passwords for you.

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This article was originally published in September 2021. The most recent update, with contributions from Jessica Lau, was in June 2023.

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