Ever been in a situation where you’ve connected to a WiFi network on your Mac, but forgot the password? It’s a common occurrence and can be a bit frustrating when you need to connect a new device to the same network. But don’t worry, your Mac saves these passwords and there’s a way to access them. In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps to view the WiFi password of a network you’ve connected to on your Mac.
Steps to View WiFi Password on Mac
- Open the Keychain Access app on your Mac. You can find this in the Utilities folder within your Applications directory or simply search for it using Spotlight.
- Select the System option from the sidebar and in the category section, click on Passwords.
- Now, you will see a list of saved items. Look for the name of the WiFi network for which you want to view the password.
- Double click on the network name. This will open a new window with details about the network.
- Check the box next to Show Password.
- You will now be prompted to enter your Mac’s username and password. These are the same credentials you use to log into your Mac. Enter these and click Allow.
- The password for the WiFi network will now be revealed in the Show Password field.
And there you go! You’ve successfully viewed your WiFi password. Please note that you must have administrative rights to your Mac to be able to view saved WiFi passwords.
Using Terminal to Find WiFi Password
If you are more of a power user, you can also use Terminal to get the WiFi password. Here’s how:
- Open Terminal on your Mac.
- Type the following command, replacing “NETWORK_NAME” with the name of the network whose password you want to find:
security find-generic-password -ga NETWORK_NAME | grep "password:"
Just as in Keychain Access, you will need to enter your Mac’s username and password to reveal the WiFi password.
In this post, we’ve shown you two different methods for viewing a saved WiFi password on your Mac. Whether you’re using Keychain Access or the Terminal, you can easily find the information you need. As always, remember to keep your passwords secure and avoid sharing them unnecessarily.