Windows 10 makes it very easy to find the WiFi code, without having to look each time for this code on the label stuck under your box, or on the post-it on the fridge in the kitchen. Windows 10 does indeed know this code, and you just need to enter a small command in Cmd or the Powershell to obtain the famous key in an instant. Enough to facilitate the task of your guests who want to connect to the internet. We explain how to do it in this quick tutorial!
Tired of turning over your internet box every time a guest asks you to connect to WiFi? You probably know it: macOS and some Linux distributions provide access to a graphical manager that makes it very easy to find any password that has been entered on the machine. However, there is no equivalent of this (yet?) In Windows 10. But it is relatively easy to find your WiFi code, provided you either call the Network and Sharing Center, or know a small command by heart. Very useful Cmd / Powershell.
How to find your wifi password on windows 10
Method 1 : via the Network and Sharing Center
It’s very simple :
- Go to the magnifying glass icon in the taskbar and start typing Network and Sharing Center.
- Click on Network and Sharing Center
- Click on your WiFi connection
- In the WiFi Status window, click Wireless Properties
- Go to the Security tab
- Check Show characters
You can then copy and paste the password..
Method 2 : via Cmd
For that :
- Open your favorite Command Prompt (Powershell or Cmd) *
- Type the following command, replacing SSID with the name of the WiFi network
netsh wlan show profile name = “SSID” key = clear
3. You will find the precious sesame in the Security settings section in the Key content line as in the illustration
If you want to share your key as quickly as possible with your friends, you don’t necessarily have to go through the process of manual copying character by character. Several solutions exist to copy the key to your computer, depending on your needs, the necessary security, and the situations. How? ‘Or’ What ? Here are some solutions:
- Use applications that synchronize the clipboard, such as Pushbullet, or Clipbrd for example. The advantage is that they are relatively secure. The downside is that your guests also need to install a companion app for this to work (and this may end up being inconvenient)
- Generate a QR code: you can use, for example, the QR-Code-Generator site – then all your guests need to do is scan the code with the photo application to directly obtain the WiFi code, and copy and paste it into their Settings
- Use online copy and paste services: if the security of your WiFi key does not matter (after all, you still have to know where your box is …), you can use services like Pastebin. These platforms have the advantage of being very quick to use and practical, and do not require any installation. At the end of the operation, a shortened address will allow the code to be found wherever it is needed. However, a malicious person could stumble upon your key – although again, it is not normally possible to obtain personal information such as your location from such services.