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How to find a saved Wi-Fi password on the Mac

Chances are that you never think of your wi-fi password after your set it up. So how can you recover a saved password from your Mac when you forget it? All you need is your administrator account password.

  1. Open Keychain Access app. It is located in the Applications > Utilities folder.
  2. Select the System keychain in the left menu bar, and select Passwords from the category menu. This will filter the keychains to just your stored passwords.
    mac-kaychain-access-app
  3. Double click on the name of the network for which you want to view the password.
  4. This will open a new window specific to that stored password. Click on the ‘Show password’ checkbox.
    keychain-access-show-password
  5. You will be asked to authenticate with a username and password. This account must have administrator privileges on your Mac.
    password-prompt
    If you are unsure what your username is, open up the Finder app and look for the home icon in the Favorites sidebar. Your home folder will called the same as your username.
    find-mac-username
  6. After successfully authenticating, the wi-fi network password will be revealed in the previous window.
    view-password
  • brank87

    Nice. Didn’t know this worked 🙂

  • Julian May

    Useful, although the WiFi password that I needed was under iCloud rather than System

  • Jeff

    Excellent Article!

  • https://goo.gl/tjhvho Ritik Sharma

    Thanks for the guide. It really help me get the password. https://goo.gl/iMYzfq

  • Anwaier Sayimu

    Thanks, it helped me retrieve my long forgotten password:)

  • Anwaier Sayimu

    ahhhha , you ask people to give you their password, they naively think that you cannot know the password, and you laptop would be the only connected device:)

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    Thanks!

  • RB

    Thanks.