Ah, passwords. We have so many for every little thing now that it can almost get overwhelming. Many people use a password manager app while others stick with iCloud Keychain. Whatever it is that you use to manage, store, and recover your passwords it won’t help with Wi-Fi networks if you didn’t capture it.
So, what happens if you get a new device and want to connect to your Wi-Fi network, but can’t remember the password?
Open up your Mac because we have you covered! Here’s how to see Wi-Fi network passwords you have connected to on iPhone and iPad in the past.
See the passwords with Keychain Access
Hop on your Mac, open up a Finder window, and then follow these steps to view Wi-Fi passwords.
1) In the Finder window, select Applications from the left.
2) Select the Utilities folder and then double-click Keychain Access to open it.
3) Under Keychains on the top left, click iCloud.
4) Under Category on the bottom left, click Passwords.
5) Locate the Wi-Fi network you need the password for. You can sort by name or kind to make it easier.
6) Double-click on the network and in the window that pops open, mark the box next to Show password.
7) Another window will open prompting you for your Keychain password. Enter it and click OK.
8) Now, you should see your password in the network window.
More help with Wi-Fi
If you’d like to check out more tutorials for Wi-Fi assistance, take a look at these how-tos:
- How to manually join a Wi-Fi network on your Apple Watch
- How to quickly join a Wi-Fi network using your iPhone’s Camera app
- How to allow guests to connect to your Wi-Fi network with a QR code
- How to easily share access to your Wi-Fi network without revealing the password
Wrapping it up
Hopefully this short tutorial will be a help to you for tracking down passwords to Wi-Fi networks you’ve connected your devices to in the past. If this was just the how-to you’ve been hoping to see on iDB, let us know in the comments below or ping us on Twitter.