3 Simple Ways To Find Wifi Password On Mac

how to find wifi password on mac

A Macbook is a great device to work on. Its design and performance is top notch, making it perfect for any task you need to get done. The Macbook also comes with a wide variety of software applications that are perfect for any type of work you might need to do. Whether you’re a student, a business professional, or just someone who needs a great computer to get things done, a Macbook is the perfect choice.

I have been Mac user for a long time, and I absolutely love it. While using a Mac, there was one particular thing that I wanted to and that was the ability to find out the wifi password. On Windows, it is pretty easy to do, but on a Macbook, it is not as simple if you don’t know where to look. 

There are a couple ways that you can find your wifi password on a Macbook. If you dont know how to do it, then this article will show you how.

Read more: 5 Ways to Find Wi-Fi Password in Windows 11

Using Keychain Access App

The first way to find your wifi password on a Macbook is by using the Keychain Access application. This application stores all of your passwords for different applications and websites. To access Keychain Access, go to the Applications folder, then Utilities, and finally Keychain Access.

Or you can click on a Search bar at top-right of your screen to open Spotlight Search and type in “Keychain Access”.

Once you have opened Keychain Access, click on Logins from the left sidebar. This will bring up a list of all the passwords that are stored in your keychain.

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Now, you need to search for your wifi network in the list of passwords. To do this, just type the name of your wifi network in the search bar. Once you have found it, double-click on it to open up the password information.

how to find wifi password on mac

In the password info window, click on the checkbox that says “Show password”. You will be prompted to enter your Macbook’s password. Enter your password and hit return.

how to find wifi password on mac

A new window will pop up (macOS want to make changes. Enter an administrator’s name and password to allow this.) requiring you to enter the password again. This is just a security measure to make sure that you are the owner of the Macbook.

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After entering your password, hit return again and the wifi password will be displayed!

how to find wifi password on mac

Using Terminal App

If you’re not comfortable with using the Keychain Access application, then you can also find your wifi password using the Terminal app. The Terminal app is a text-based interface that allows you to enter commands to perform different tasks on your Macbook.

To open the Terminal app, go to the Applications folder, then Utilities, and open Terminal. Or you can also open Spotlight Search and type in “Terminal”.

Once the Terminal app is open, you need to enter a command to find your wifi password. The command is:

security find-generic-password -ga "YOUR-SSID-HERE" | grep "password:"

Replace YOUR-SSID-HERE with the name of your wifi network. Use an arrow left key, go to the end of YOUR-SSID-HERE, then remove it and type in your wifi network’s name.

Note: You need a ” between your wifi SSID’s name to make it work. 

For exmaple, if your wifi SSID is “mywifinetwork”, then the command would be:

security find-generic-password -ga "mywifinetwork" | grep "password:"
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After you hit return, you will be prompted to enter your Macbook’s user and password. Hit return or select OK. The wifi password will then be displayed in the Terminal window!

Bonus: Show Wifi’s Name From Terminal

If you want to know your Wifi’s name and password by using Terminal, you can use the following commands:

networksetup -listnetworkserviceorder

Take a look at (2) Wi-Fi (Hardware Port: Wi-Fi, Device: en4)

The device is "en0"

Now, contiue with the below command:

networksetup -getairportnetwork en0
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Then, you will see the name of your current Wi-Fi network. Now just use the command above to know your Wi-Fi password!

From Your Router’s Admin Page

The final way to find your wifi password is by logging into your router’s admin page. This method will only work if you’re already connected to the wifi network that you want to find the password for.

To do this, open up your web browser and enter your router’s IP address into the address bar. The IP address is usually something like 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. If you’re not sure what your router’s IP address is, you can check the manual that came with your router or do a quick Google search.

When you access this 192.168.1.1, you may see “Your connection is not private.”

how to find wifi password on mac

This is a common security message that appears when you try to visit a website that is not secure. Don’t worry, this does not mean that your computer is infected with a virus – it just means that the website you are trying to visit is not secure.

You can ignore this message and continue to the website by clicking “Advanced” and then “Proceed to 192.168.1.1 (unsafe).” on Chrome or click on Visit this page on Safari.

Once you have entered the IP address, the admin username and password for your router are required in order to continue. If you’ve never changed it, then the default username and password is usually “admin” or “password”.

how to find wifi password on mac

Tips: Check the default username and password for your router by flipping your router over. You may see it on the bottom or side of your router that has the default username and password.

how to find wifi password on mac

Once you have logged into your router’s admin page, look for a section that says “Wireless” or “WiFi”. In this section, you should see the name (SSID Name) and password (WPA passphrase,…) of your wifi network!

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Wrapping Up

And that’s how you can find your wifi password on a Macbook! Whether you use the Keychain Access application, Terminal app, or router admin page, you should be able to easily find your wifi password.

Keychain Access is my favorite method because it’s the quickest and easiest way to find your wifi password. But if you’re more fun using the Terminal app, then that’s also a great way to do it!

We hope this article was helpful. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below!

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