If you’re like most people, you’ve probably misplaced your router’s WiFi password at some point. Whether you’ve just moved house and can’t remember where you put the note with the password, or you’re trying to set up a new device and can’t for the life of you recall what the password is, we’ve all been there. But don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. Here’s where to find your WiFi password on your router.
Table of Contents
- Finding Your WiFi Password on Your Router
- How to Change Your WiFi Password
- Common Router Manufacturers and Their Default Passwords
- Most routers have their WiFi password printed on a label.
- You can also find your WiFi password through your computer’s network settings.
- If all else fails, you can reset your router to its factory settings.
Finding Your WiFi Password on Your Router
The easiest way to find your WiFi password is to check your router. Most routers have a label on the bottom or on the back that lists the default WiFi network name (also known as the SSID) and the default WiFi password. This label might also list the router’s IP address and other information.
If you can’t find the label or if the password listed doesn’t work, you can also find your WiFi password through your computer’s network settings. Here’s how to do it on a Windows computer:
- Open the Network and Sharing Center by right-clicking on the WiFi symbol in your system tray and selecting “Open Network and Sharing Center”.
- Click on “Change adapter settings”.
- Right-click on your WiFi network and select “Status”.
- Click on “Wireless Properties”.
- Go to the “Security” tab and check the box that says “Show characters”. This will reveal your WiFi password.
On a Mac, you can find your WiFi password using the Keychain Access app. Here’s how:
- Open Keychain Access by going to Finder, then Applications, then Utilities.
- In the search box, type in the name of your WiFi network.
- Double-click on the name of your WiFi network.
- Check the box that says “Show password”. You might need to enter your Mac’s admin password to reveal the WiFi password.
You can also find detailed guides on how to do this on the Windows Support and Apple Support websites.
How to Change Your WiFi Password
If you want to change your WiFi password, you’ll need to access your router’s settings. This usually involves typing your router’s IP address into your web browser.
- Open your web browser and type in your router’s IP address. This is usually something like 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1.
- Enter your router’s username and password. If you don’t know these, check your router’s manual or this list of default usernames and passwords for different router brands.
- Look for a section called “Wireless” or “Wireless Settings”.
- Look for a field called “Password”, “Security Key”, or similar. This is where you can change your WiFi password.
- Once you’ve changed your password, click “Save” or “Apply”.
Remember, after you change your WiFi password, all your devices will be disconnected from your WiFi network and you’ll need to reconnect them using the new password.
Common Router Manufacturers and Their Default Passwords
Here are some common router manufacturers and their default passwords. You might find this useful if you’re trying to access your router’s settings.
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When in doubt, check your router’s manual or the manufacturer’s website. Here are some more resources from Associates99 that might help: Where to find the best Internet Service Providers, How to increase your WiFi speed, How to secure your WiFi network.
Q: I’ve tried everything and I can’t find my WiFi password. What should I do?
A: If all else fails, you can reset your router to its factory settings. This will erase all your settings, including your WiFi password. After you reset your router, you can use the default WiFi password listed on your router’s label.
Q: I changed my WiFi password and now I can’t connect to my WiFi network. What should I do?
A: Try resetting your WiFi router. If that doesn’t work, you might need to reset your router to its factory settings and set up your WiFi network again.
Q: Can I change my WiFi name (SSID) as well?
A: Yes, you can usually change your WiFi name in your router’s settings, in the same place where you change your WiFi password.
Remember, your WiFi password protects your network from unauthorized access, so keep it safe and secure. Don’t share it with anyone you don’t trust.