Saturday, October 6, 2018

How to reveal the password on a WiFi network that you had previously connected using the command line in Windows

1. Click on Star find the Command Prompt or simply go to Cortana search bar and type in cmd

2. Once you have located the Command Prompt, right click on it and select Run as administrator

3. If a window like below popped up, click on Yes

4. In the Command Prompt type in netsh wlan show profile and press Enter. This will show a list of access point you have previously connected in the past. For this example I will be looking for the WiFi password to my network called dd-wrt like the one you see below. 

5. One you located the SSID of the network you want to reveal the password, type in netsh wlan show profile <the name of your WiFi network> key=clear and press Enter. Now you should be able to see the WiFi password under Security settings on the right of Key Content like I have it below.

NOTE: This only works on the WiFi network that you have previously connected in the past. This is NOT a way to crack or hack the WiFi password. This is good if you accidently disconnect your laptop from a network that you once have access to and forgot the password. This will work if you want to recover the password.


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