Look Up A WiFi Password You Saved

When would you need this?
-say you’re at your favorite coffee shop…
-you’ve already entered/stored their WiFi password long ago on your computer…
-that means your computer remembers the password, but you’ve probably since forgotten it…
-now your friend comes to the coffee shop for the first time and needs the password to connect to the WiFi

-your options include:
1.  ask the coffee shop for the password (not a huge deal, but i don’t like getting up and bothering the workers in between taking orders and making drinks)
2.  look up the password you have saved on your computer (my preferred option!)

How to do this on Mac OS… 
-go to Finder –> Applications –> Utilities –> Keychain Access
That opens the Keychain Access window…
-click on “Passwords” on the lower left
-you’ll see a list of the WiFi networks you’ve connected to in the past…(ex.   “cup o’ joy“, “DaZoo”, “eightpaws” are all WiFi routers that this computer has stored passwords for)
Double click on any of these and a window like this will pop up…
-then just click “Show password
It will ask you to enter the master password for your computer…enter it and click “Allow”  (don’t click “Always Allow”, otherwise your saved passwords will be vulnerable to anyone who uses your computer)

-The password for the WiFi router will now appear!  (ex.  whatisboba)
Now share with your friend!

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by abby on February 14, 2012 at 1:51 am

    This worked perfectly!! Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks :)

    Reply

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