How to change or find your WiFi router password on PC or laptop

Found out there are too many freeloaders on the network? Change your WiFi password now. This will not only free up the network from unnecessary users but will also increase the overall WiFi speed. If you’re wondering how to change WiFi password, we’ve got you covered. It’s not rocket science, anyone with the right steps can easily change the WiFi password. In case, you changed the WiFi password, but don’t recall now what it was, we have a solution for that as well. So sit back (grab your PC or laptop) and read on how to change WiFi password or how to find WiFi password in Windows 10 and macOS-powered laptop and PCs.

How to change WiFi password

WiFi password can be changed through D-Link, TP-Link, and Netgear, among other routers configuration page. For this, you’ll need the IP address of your router. While you can open the configuration page on mobile phones as well, we would recommend you to do it on Windows PC/ laptop or mac (at least if you’re doing it for the first time). Got that? Good. Let’s proceed

  • Connect your PC/ laptop to the WiFi network and fire up your browser. Type in the IP address on the search bar. This is usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1, but you should confirm it by looking at the bottom of your router. If you can’t find the IP address, contact your service provider.
  • Login to the router using its username and password. They are also written at the bottom of your router. In most scenarios, the username and password are ‘admin’ and ‘useradmin’ respectively. You should check with your service provider if they don’t work
  • Now, look for the “Wireless” or “Wireless Security” option. This should be either on the top menu or at the side menu under Advanced Settings or Security options
  • You’ll see the old password in the WiFi Password or security key box
  • Enter the new password in the box and hit the ‘Save’ button. The WiFi password will change and the network will log out from all the connected devices
  • Reconnect the devices by entering the new WiFi password

How to find WiFi password on Windows 10 PC/ laptop

One method is through the IP address. In addition to that, you can find the WiFi password in Windows 10 using these steps (presuming that your PC/ laptop is connected to the network):

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  • Click on the WiFi network icon, next to date and time and other quick settings options, from the bottom right corner of the page. Alternatively, you can open the Control Panel and head to Network and Internet > Network Connections.
  • Select the WiFi network you’re connected to
  • Click on Status > Wireless Properties 
  • Under the Security tab, you should see a password box with dots in it—click the Show Characters box to see the password appear in plain text.

How to check WiFi password in macOS

Trying to find WiFi password on Mac, follow these steps

How to check WiFi password in macOS
  • Open Spotlight Search using Command+Space and type “Keychain access”
  • Select the app from the menu and click on System
  • Here you’ll see all the saved passwords to applications as well as WiFi
  • Double click on the WiFi network whose password you want to know. If you can’t locate the network, you can search it from the box at the top right corner.
  • Tick the box next to ‘Show Password’
  • Verify that’s you by entering the password
  • Your Wi-Fi password will then appear in the box next to “Show Password”

You can also check WiFi password in macOS through IP address using the ‘how to change WiFi password’ steps stated above. If you’re still having trouble locating the WiFi password, let’s know in the comments section below.