One of the best things about being an internet entrepreneur and running a blog (the one you’re reading) for a living is that I can work from almost any place that has internet, or more precisely, a Wi-Fi network I can connect to. This liberty has had me hopping from one coffee shop to another, the ones with free Wi-Fi of course. That also means that I’ve got a list of wireless networks saved on my Mac that help me automatically connect to the Wi-Fi of a place I’ve visited before.
Although I don’t need to bother about the Wi-Fi password once it is up and running, there are times when I might need to see them (when I need to share it, for instance). You don’t expect me to remember them, do you?
That is just a precaution that Apple takes to ensure that you are the authorized user before giving access to that particular information on your Mac. It is very easy to forget the WiFi password if it has not been used recently, and the guide above should help you recover it using your Mac. Setup the password by using ethernet. This is often necessary because Apple make the airport utility do dumb things. With ethernet plugged in open the airport utility. Click on the airport extreme and click edit on the page that opens. Go to the wireless tab and set a WPA2 Personal password.
So, this post is about finding the password of a Wi-Fi network that’s saved in your Mac. Unlike in Windows, where you can directly go to the Properties of that particular network and make it show the password, things are a bit different on the OS X versions.
Here are the steps to make Mac show a Wi-Fi password.
Step 1: Note the name of the network by clicking on the Wi-Fi icon. It goes without saying that this is a network you are connected to or have connected to in the past.
Step 2: Go to Spotlight by hitting Command + Space bar and type Keychain. Keychain is an utility that comes built-into Macs, and does the job of storing system-wide passwords.
Step 3: Open Keychain Access and you should find that network listed there somewhere. If you can’t locate it at a glance, try searching for it using the search bar at the top. In my case, it was there right at top of the list.
Step 4: Right-click on that listing and click on Get Info. You may choose to copy the password to the clipboard and then paste it on TextEdit in order to reveal it, but if you just want to quickly see the password then you can do it right here.
Step 5: You’ll now need to click the Show password checkbox in the box that pops up.
Step 6: Keychain will ask you to enter the admin password before it can show you the password of that particular network. Enter the password, click on Allow and voila, your password will spring up instantly!
That was how you can easily reveal passwords of Wi-Fi networks you’ve used on your Mac. Veteran users of OS X won’t find anything special in this, but people who’ve just switched to a Mac or have been using it for a long time without having a brush with Keychain should find it helpful.
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Lost WiFi passwords are one of the many mysteries of using Macs. You’ve connected to a WiFi network when you first set up your Mac, but if you ever need to retrieve WiFi password to share with someone else, it seems near impossible to access it.
These scenarios are all too familiar to students and office workers alike, leading to incessant irritation and regret that they hadn’t taken note of the password at the time of making it. Here’s a quick guide to resolving those situations.
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Check the default password first
All routers come with a default network name and password which can be used to access the connection, providing you haven’t changed them since installation. They are normally located under the code SSID on the bottom or back of the routers. If you can’t find the password on the actual router, it’s worth getting your hunting gloves on and sifting through the household paperwork to find it in the device’s manual.
But if that seems like a lost cause, you may be able to locate the password by trialing common username and password combinations. These vary between network providers, but most use “admin” for the username and either “1234” or “admin” for the password.
Find the WiFi password on Mac
Just in case your default password wasn’t “admin” — don’t worry. Finding your current or previous WiFi network passwords on Mac is in fact pretty simple.
Open up the spotlight search by clicking on the magnifying tool in the top right of your monitor and type “Keychain” to launch an app in-built into macOS systems, which provides detailed network data for WiFi connections.
Once you’re in Keychain, select the name of your network in the list, and click the info button at the bottom of the window. This will allow you to select “show password,” prompting you to enter your Mac’s login details. After you do, Keychain will display WiFi password for the network.
Reset your network router
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Clearly, resetting the router is a lengthy and tiresome process that many of us don’t have time for, or simply can’t be bothered with. It’s usually the latter. But, don’t fret, you can reset your router and force it to use the default WiFi passphrase printed on it.
Simply look for a small reset button on the router — it’s typically a pinhole button you’d need to press with a small, thin object (we recommend a bent paperclip). Hold the button for 10 seconds, and your network’s settings will be completely erased and reset to their defaults. This then enables you to use the login credentials stated on the router itself, meaning you can take note of the password to prevent similar stressful situations in the future.
If none of that works for any reason, you might wonder what’s the best way to store and keep track of passwords electronically? Well…
Get a trustworthy password manager
To always be able to see WiFi passwords, our recommendation would be to get a simple and secure password manager, such as Secrets. Secrets is an efficient and friendly system which securely stores important information like passwords, credit cards, and bank details.
And besides, Secrets uses impressive predictive analytics to boost your productivity. By automatically filling out logins on Safari or Chrome, you can forget about copying and pasting, or scratching your head remembering which password you used for a particular website.
The intelligent search feature based on keywords and tags also enables you to find particular information quickly, as well as helping to create strong, secure passphrases through the password generator. In addition, you can save yourself the hassle of transferring data manually to other devices, as your secrets are effortlessly kept in sync across your Mac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad using iCloud.
Keep passwords safe and sound
Secrets was designed with security at the forefront of priorities. All your data is stored in the OpenPGP format, which is an established and well-known standard used by most big business databases. The format allows data to be encrypted and signed with AES/RSA algorithms, a tried and tested system used even by the US Government.
Due to there being no browser extensions or helper programmes, Secrets is the only app to decrypt and handle your data, preventing third-party access. Furthermore, automatic locking keeps your information safe, even if your device is lost or stolen. With established and logical security measures, you can rest assured that your secrets are safe with them.
Through having all your important data in one easily accessible location, you’ll never be searching through the paperwork archives for lost passwords or usernames again, so you can put those hunting gloves away for good. Best of all, Secrets is available for you to try free via Setapp, along with over 180 other useful apps for your Mac. Put your passwords to safety today and never forget them again.
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