How to find a Wi-Fi password on Mac

You can find a Wi-Fi password if you connected to that specific Wi-Fi network with your Mac in the past. This can come in handy when you want to connect more devices to that network but don’t remember the password. Or when you’re trying to share the password to that network with a friend.

Dating back several macOS versions, all passwords are now stored in an application called Keychain Access. But that’s not the only way to recover a forgotten old Wi-Fi password. You can also do that using Terminal. So if you’re looking for a saved Wi-Fi password that you simply can’t remember, you’re in luck because I’m going to show you how to find a Wi-Fi password on Mac… 

Method 1: Find a Wi-Fi password with Keychain Access

1) Open the Keychain Access app on your Mac. You may not know about this app, but it comes installed on all Macs.

2) In the sidebar, make sure you click on Passwords, then search for the network you want the password for. Double click on that network.

Select wi-fi network

3) Click on Show Password. Confirm your administrator user credentials to reveal the Wi-Fi password.

Show Wi-Fi password

4) You may be prompted to enter your administrator credentials again.

Enter your admin credentials

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

See the Wi-Fi password

Keychain Access isn’t only useful to show Wi-Fi passwords on your Mac. It can also store your applications, internet and web form passwords. If password management is something you are not great at, consider looking into 1Password on the Mac App Store. It’s a very useful app!

Method 2: Show a Wi-Fi password with Terminal

1) Open the Terminal app on your Mac.

2) Type in or copy/paste the following command, making sure you replace “YourWifiNetworkName” with the exact name of your network:

security find-generic-password -ga YourWifiNetworkName | grep “password:”

3) Hit Enter and then type in your Admin credentials.

4) Terminal will display the password for your network.

If you know of any other password tricks for macOS, let us know in the comments section down below. 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!