Want to check your Wi-Fi password on a Mac? It happens to all of us. Sometimes you just have to check on a WiFi password to share it with a friend, or you want to make sure your security habits are up to standard with a strong password. With today’s copious autofill logins, it may have been a long time since you even thought about your WiFi credentials, or maybe you need to retrieve a previous WiFi password you used in a particular location but now you can’t pick up.
Don’t worry – even if you can’t remember your password or aren’t quite sure where you wrote it, you can still find it with MacOS.
Macs have a handy app called Keychain Access, which helps to securely store the passwords you’ve used on MacOS for a moment. The easiest way to find your Wi-Fi password is to check Keychain Access and see what it has to say. Here’s how to find and navigate this app.
Step 1: Select the Magnifying glass in the top right corner of your macOS home screen to open Spotlight Search† Type in ‘keychain’ and the option to choose Keychain Access should appear. Select it.
Step 2: When the Keychain Access app opens, look at the menu on the left. Check if you are in the System section. Now check the tabs at the top and select Passwords Get on.
Step 3: You should now see a list of the passwords your system has accumulated over time, mainly Wi-Fi networks it has connected to in the past. Keep in mind that this list is synced to your other Apple devices like your iPhone, so chances are you’ll see a ton of Wi-Fi network passwords here, including those from your friends’ houses, your favorite cafes, recent business trips, and so on
Step 4: Find the Wi-Fi network you have in mind. If you can’t remember the full name of your current Wi-Fi network, you can go to the Wi-Fi signal icon in the top right corner of your MacOS screen and select it to see what you are currently connected to. You can also see the date the Wi-Fi login was last modified. Select the desired network.
Step 5: A new window will open with the details of this Wi-Fi network. Look at the bottom of the window and you will see an option to Show password† Check this to enable the feature.
Step 6: You will now need to enter your administrator password to see the Wi-Fi password. If this is your personal Mac, this shouldn’t be a problem – your normal login should work. If you don’t have administrator access, you won’t be able to see the password, so this method won’t work with work devices.
Step 7: Now that administrator access has been granted, you will now see the Wi-Fi password for the network you have chosen. Note that in this window you can also change the password to whatever you want and select Saving Changes subsequently. This is useful if you want improve the security of your wifi accountor if one of your favorite haunts recently changed their Wi-Fi and you want to keep your Apple devices up to date to sign in automatically.
Remember, if you use a Wi-Fi app to manage your router, you can also find your personal Wi-Fi password there. If you want an alternative to Keychain Access that keeps your passwords safe, you might want to: to choose a password manager to help you keep track of everything.