I Forgot WiFi Password, What Should I Do?
For most of us, "I forgot password" is not uncommon. To safeguard against unauthorized access to your devices and personal information, you all tend to keep changing passwords. Almost in every case, we have an email backup to help us change the forgotten password at any point in time.
But it gets worse if you forget your WiFi router password, which is not simpler to reset. In this article, we will discuss a few tips and tricks to retrieve your forgotten WiFi passwords.
With the help of these methods, you can easily get your login credentials from other devices already connected to WiFi. In case if you do not have any devices connected, this article will also help you with the ways to retrieve them on your router's interface.
Without further ado, let's dive into a few of the easiest ways to retrieve your WiFi passwords.
Method 1: Find forgotten WiFi password with Router's Stock Password
Step 1: First of all, check for the default password on the router. Usually, the router's sticker contains both the username and password printed on it. Many users do not bother changing it and continue with the default login credentials provided by the manufacturer. So before panicking, you need to make sure whether you changed the password or not at any point in time.
Step 2: Alternatively, you can also check it on the router's manual or its documentation which comes with the router at installation. If the stock password doesn't work, then you probably have changed it during the setup time.
Step 3: You can try your luck with the guessing game. Generally, most of the routers have default username and password as "admin" and "admin". However, these may differ depending upon the manufacturer. You can try to log in using a few of the username and password combinations mentioned below.
Step 4: Consider using your router's bypass to connect. Generally, you can connect to routers by pressing a "WPS" button at the back of it and then select the network on your computer, mobile item, or entertainment unit. As long as you select the network within 30 seconds or so, this will allow you to connect your computer (or another device) without entering your password.
Not all routers have this feature, so you will have to check your model's documentation for a WPS (or WiFi Protected Setup) feature. Remember, this step won't help you get your WiFi password, but it will allow you to connect to the Internet on the connected item, which can help you find the password using one of the other methods listed below.
Method 2: Check forgotten WiFi password with Dr.Fone - Password Manager
For the people who are not aware of what Dr.Fone is, it is a special software program designed to help people recover their iOS data lost for any xyz reason. The program provides numerous features that are designed to assist you in recovering data under all the conditions.
You may be wondering:
Dr.Fone - Password Manager helps you find your Apple ID account and passwords:
- After Scan, views your mail and credit card details.
- Then it would be best if you recovered the app login password and stored websites.
- After this, find the saved WiFi passwords.
- Recover passcodes of screen time
How to find your password on the iOS device using Dr.Fone - Password Manager (iOS)?
Step 1: First of all, download Dr.Fone and choose the password manager
Step 2: By using a lightning cable, connect your iOS device to your PC.
Step 3: Now, click on "Start Scan". By doing this, Dr.Fone will immediately detect your account password on the iOS device.
Step 4: Check your password
Method 3: Find forgotten WiFi password with Windows
Step 1(a): For Windows 10 users
- For Windows users, retrieving your WiFi password can be simpler if you have another Windows PC already connected to your WiFi network.
- For Windows 10 users, you need to select the Start menu, then select Settings > Network & Internet > Status > Network and Sharing Center.
- Now click on your WiFi name in View your active networks section. As the Windows Status window opens, click on Wireless Properties.
- Now go to the Security tab and check the checkbox next to Show characters to view your WiFi password.
Step 1 (b): For Windows 8.1 or 7 users
- If you are using Windows 8.1 or 7, search for Network and then select Network and Sharing Center from the results list.
- In-Network and Sharing Center, next to Connections, select your WiFi network name.
- In WiFi Status, select Wireless Properties, and then the Security tab, then select the Show characters check box.
- Your WiFi network password will be displayed in the Network security key box.
- Alternatively, you can directly access your WiFi network settings using the Run command.
- Open the Run dialog (Windows + R), then type ncpa.cpl and hit Enter to open Network Connections.
- Now right-click on the Wireless adapter and tap on Status. Click Wireless Properties from the WiFi Status window and switch to the Security tab.
- Finally, click the checkmark on Show characters, and you will have your WiFi password.
Method 4: Find forgotten wifi password with Mac
Find your WiFi password in Keychain
- Your Mac saves WiFi passwords to your keychain, which stores passwords for various apps, websites, etc.
- Firstly, open the Spotlight Search by clicking the magnifying glass in the top-right menu bar (or pressing Command + Space Bar).
- Type in Keychain in the search bar and click Passwords. You'll see the Keychain Access window open on the All Items tab.
- Browse until you see the name of your WiFi network. Hereafter, double click on the name of your WiFi network followed by checking the Password box.
If you are bad at remembering your passwords, all you need is to search for some trusted password manager software. I would suggest Dr.Fone, which allows you to recover, transfer, backup, erase data on your devices, and remove lock screen and root Android devices. Password managers can even help against phishing, as they fill account information into websites based on their web address (URL).
Also, for future reference, you can bookmark this post to come back to it whenever you need it, or save your password on Dr.Fone - Password Manager, where you can always find it stored securely and beware of keeping a written record somewhere on at your workplace.