Feel like a hacker by using this command to look up a Wi-Fi password

February 9, 2021

It’s easier than you think.

Passwords aren’t always easy to remember especially if they’re complicated. In the case of Wi-Fi networks, stronger passwords are recommended to ensure security. But have you ever been in a situation where you completely forgot the password on the network you’re connected on or have been to a place where they entered the password and you would want to know it yourself? It’s completely possible of course so read on.

For this tip to work, you should already have connected to the network since we’re accessing the cache where the network password is stored. Also, you need to be running Windows 10 to be able to do this.

First, you need to launch the Command Prompt window. This can be done through the Start Menu or simply typing Win + R to bring up the Run menu and then typing ‘cmd’.

The Win + R command brings up the Run menu


Once the Command Prompt window opens, simply type the following command: <netsh wlan show profiles name=”YOUR NETWORK NAME” key=clear> where ‘YOUR NETWORK NAME’ is the name of the network/SSID.

Press Enter and you should be able to see detailed information about the network you’ve chosen. If you look further down under Security Content, the Key Content value is the password for the Wi-Fi network.

[Cover photo by Anete Lusina from Pexels]

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.