How to find a Wi-Fi password on a Mac?

macOS is a very user-friendly system, which is meant to make your user experience effortless. Once you’ve connected to a Wi-Fi network, the macOS stores and remembers password so that you don't need to enter it again. 

However, what the macOS - and the same is right for iOS and other Apple devices - doesn't do, is show you that Wi-Fi password again. Trying to find it or make it visible isn’t altogether straightforward. In this article, we explain how to find a Wi-Fi password on a Mac. 

How to recover your lost WiFi password? 

The most obvious way to find your Wi-Fi password is by trying common username and password combinations. Although not guaranteed, you might strike gold and recover the right password this way. 

You can try some combination of “admin” for the username and either “1234” or “admin” for the password. If it turns out a version of the above is your username and password, it might be worth changing them straight away in your Wi-Fi settings.

On the chance that your Wi-Fi network password wasn't “1234” or “admin,” there is a more effective way to find the password. Use Keychain to display the Wi-Fi network password that you've been looking for. 

Finding Mac Wi-Fi passwords using Keychain 

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Go to Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access.
  3. In Keychains select login, and in Category choose Passwords. 
  4. Search for your WiFi network.
  5. Double-click the network. 
  6. Now check the box next to “Show Password.” 
  7. A prompt will appear asking for your Mac’s login details. 
  8. Enter password and press Allow. 
  9. Keychain will display the Wi-Fi password for that network.

Brilliant! No more need to search for your Wi-Fi password. Now that you’ve got that password, it might be worth writing it down somewhere safe or downloading a secure password manager to keep it safe. 

Another way, although one that takes a little longer and is usually something people don't want to bother with, is to reset your network router. This might be necessary if you've ever reset your Wi-Fi password and can’t remember or find it any other way, as it should force the Wi-Fi network to switch back to the default password.

To reset a router, look for a small reset button on the router — it’s typically a pinhole button you’d need to press. Hold the button for 10 seconds, and your network’s settings should be erased and reset to their defaults. Now you should be able to use the default password.

What should I do if my Wi-Fi isn’t working correctly? 

Internet connections and Wi-Fi don't always work as they should. That can be very frustrating, considering how much we rely on a strong and secure Wi-Fi connection. 

One way to fix this problem is by using a Mac cleaning and performance improvement app, such as CleanMyMac X. Using this app to clear DNS and cache files should solve any issues you might be having with Wi-Fi and restore the system and its connection to the network. 

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Download CleanMyMac X
  2. Go to the Maintenance module.
  3. Check the boxes next to Flush DNS Cache, Free Up RAM and other tasks you need to perform.
  4. Press Run.

Now, all the possible issues with Wi-Fi connection should be fixed. 

Your Mac collects all your passwords and stores them in one place - Keychain Access so that it would be easy for you to recover them. In case, Wi-Fi connection doesn’t work the way it should or your Mac just misbehaves, CleanMyMac X can help you out. It clears cache, temporary files, frees up RAM, and does other necessary fixes to enhance your MacBook’s performance. 

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