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Find Your Forgotten WiFi Password On Mac OS

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 by | Filed Under: Mac OS

The other day, a friend came over to my house and wanted to connect her iPhone to my Wi-Fi network but when she asked me for the password I had no clue what it was. I had set up the Wi-Fi on my Mac years ago and had never needed to re-login since then.

I am sure this has happened to some of you too. You setup the Wi-Fi connection on the Mac, you choose a password and you continue using the Wi-Fi for years till one day, someone comes over or worse, you get a new device and have problems connecting it to the Internet because you do not remember the Wi-Fi password.

Worry not. Today, I will show you how to find your Wi-Fi password on the Mac OS.

Step 1

Open the Keychain app on the Mac. The app is located in the Applications> Utilities folder. You can also open it by searching for it in Spotlight.


Step 2

In the left panel, look for the System subsection. That is where we need to go. Once you go to that section, locate the name of your Wi-Fi network on the right side. If you do not know the name of your Wi-Fi network then click the Wi-fi icon on the Mac Menu bar on top and the name that has the checkmark next to it, is the network you are currently connected to.


Step 3

Double click the name of your Wi-Fi network and a pop up window should open up. Check the box next to ‘Show Password’ and the system will ask you for your Mac login (not the Apple ID). Once you enter that your Wi-Fi password will be displayed.

Ta da! It is as easy as this. No more worrying about forgetting your WI-Fi password. The Mac OS has you covered.

~ Yogesh


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One Response to “Find Your Forgotten WiFi Password On Mac OS”

  1. Mauricio says:

    I have a somewhat similar problem. I don’t know my keychain password and have no idea have to recover it. Thanks.

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