MBP Wi-Fi

I was recently setting up my iPad mini, but could not remember the password for my home Wi-Fi network. After spending a few minutes trying to find it in Network Preferences on my MacBook Pro, I realized that I was looking in the wrong spot.

Dating back several OS X versions, passwords have been stored in an application called Keychain Access. So if you’re looking for a password that you simply can’t remember, you’re in luck. Read ahead on how to find a Wi-Fi password on Mac… 

How to show a Wi-Fi password on macOS

Step 1: Type Keychain Access into Spotlight search (Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 2.54.07 PM) at the top-right menu bar.

Step 2: In the sidebar, make sure you click on Passwords, then search for the network you want the password for and double click on it.

Find wi-fi password on mac

Step 3: Click on Show Password. Confirm your administrator username and password.

show password

Step 4: You may be prompted to enter your administrator name and password again.

show wifi password admin

Step 5: The Wi-Fi password should appear in the text box next to Show Password.

see password for wifi

Keychain Access also stores your applications, internet and web form passwords, so you’re in luck if you forget one of those too. If password management is something you are not great at, consider looking into 1Password on the Mac App Store. It’s a useful app for keeping track of passwords wherever you use them, especially in light of recent events like the Heartbleed bug.

If you know of any other password tricks for macOS, let us know in the comments section down below. You can also read all of our recent password-related articles for not just the Mac, but iOS devices and beyond. Moreover, if you are looking for other tutorials like this one, be sure to check out our quick tips section for other how tos and helpful articles. Article suggestions are welcome.