How to Show Wifi Password on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to access a Wi-Fi network on your Mac, but you can’t remember the password? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll show you how to easily retrieve your Wi-Fi password on a Mac using a few simple steps.

Method 1: Using Keychain Access

If you’ve connected to the Wi-Fi network before and your Mac has saved the password in Keychain Access, you can retrieve it with just a few clicks.

  1. Open the Keychain Access application on your Mac. You can find it by searching for “Keychain Access” in Spotlight or by navigating to Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access.
  2. In the search bar at the top right corner of the Keychain Access window, type in the name of the Wi-Fi network whose password you want to view.
  3. Double-click on the Wi-Fi network name from the list.
  4. A new window will open. Checkmark the box next to “Show password.

  5. You might be prompted to enter your administrator username and password. Provide them and click “Allow. “
  6. The Wi-Fi password will now be visible in plain text in the Password field.

Method 2: Using Terminal

If Method 1 doesn’t work for some reason or if you prefer using Terminal commands, you can also retrieve your Wi-Fi password using a simple command.

  1. Launch Terminal. You can find it by searching for “Terminal” in Spotlight or by navigating to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
  2. Type in the following command and press Enter:
    security find-generic-password -ga Wi-Fi | grep "password:"
  3. You will be prompted to enter your administrator password. Type it in and press Enter.
  4. The Wi-Fi network name and the password will be displayed in the Terminal window.

Method 3: Using Third-Party Apps

If you prefer a more user-friendly approach, there are several third-party applications available that can help you retrieve your Wi-Fi password on Mac.

  • WiFi Password Finder: This app allows you to easily view and copy Wi-Fi passwords stored on your Mac.
  • Keychain Access: Apart from being a built-in utility, Keychain Access can also be used as a third-party app to manage all your passwords, including Wi-Fi passwords.

No matter which method you choose, it’s important to remember that retrieving Wi-Fi passwords without proper authorization is not recommended. Make sure you have the necessary permissions before attempting to access someone else’s Wi-Fi network.

In conclusion,

If you ever find yourself needing to retrieve a forgotten Wi-Fi password on your Mac, don’t panic! You can easily recover it using Keychain Access, Terminal commands, or third-party apps. Choose the method that suits you best and regain access to the wireless networks around you!

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