In Windows 8, you could view connection properties just by right-clicking any WiFi connection. In Windows 8.1, things got a bit more complicated if you need to find the WiFi password for a specific connection. In this post, you’ll learn how to display the WiFi security key for your current connection and for previous connections.
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You might have to find the WiFi password for several reasons. If you often connect to a WiFi network, you will probably forget the security key at some point. If someone asks you about the WiFi password (say, in a coffee shop), you might want to make it visible in the networking settings. However, the main reason I often need to view the connection properties is to troubleshoot a WiFi connection.

As I explained before, whenever you can’t connect to a WiFi network that previously worked, a good start is to tell Windows to forget the WiFi connection (right-click the connection). Unfortunately, this means Windows will also forget the password. Thus, you will find yourself again bothering the person who is managing the WiFi password.

In Windows 8, you could just click the WiFi icon on the systray and right-click the WiFi connection to access the View connection properties dialog. For some reason, Microsoft removed this feature in Windows 8.1.

View connection properties option no longer available in Windows 8.1

View connection properties option: no longer available in Windows 8.1

However, in Windows 8.1, two other ways exist to access the WiFi password. You’ll find one way in the Network and Sharing Center for your current connection, and you can also use the netsh command to view the connection properties of previous WiFi connections.

View WiFi password of current connection

  1. Right-click the WiFi symbol in the systray and select Open Network and Sharing Center.
    Network symbol in systray
  2. Click Change adapter settings.
    Change adapter settings
  3. Right-click the WiFi adapter. In the context menu, navigate to Status.
    Status of WiFi connection
  4. In the WiFi Status dialog, click Wireless Properties.
    WiFi Status
  5. Click the Security tab and then check Show characters.
    Show characters to display WiFi password

You now see the WiFi password of your current connection. Doing so takes a few more clicks than in Windows 8, but you won’t have to do this often.

Find WiFi password of previous connections

If you are more the type-type type, you will prefer the netsh command anyway. This method allows you to find not only the WiFi password of your current connection but also that of previous connections. The syntax of the command looks like this:

netsh wlan show profile name="ConnectionName" key=clear

Find WIFI password on the command prompt with netsh

Finding WiFi password on the command line with netsh

Notice that you only need the quotation marks for the connection name (profile name) when the name contains a blank. You can find the password in the Security settings section next to Key Content.

To get a list of your previous WiFi connections, type this command:

netsh wlan show profiles

If you prefer a GUI, you can also list all of your previous WiFi connections in Windows 8.1 in the PC Settings:

WIN + C > Settings > Change PC settings > Manage known networks (under your current connection)

Previous WiFi connections in Windows 8.1

Previous WiFi connections in Windows 8.1

  1. Daniel 8 years ago

    Hahahah, Yes! Thanks to this great method, I am able to connect to my aunt’s wifi with all my devices not just one! Time to use up the wifi heheheheh “ψ(`∇´)ψ

  2. Bram 8 years ago

    I have the same problem as daniel. How do i fix this?
    So after Security key: present it stops. How can i fix this?

  3. Er Abhishek 7 years ago

    when i used: wlan show profile name= *ssid* key=clear
    under security settings, on 3rd line, it showed: Security Key : Absent
    how can i make it show the security key?

  4. ritesh 7 years ago

    can you tell me how to change the password?

  5. dilip 7 years ago

    there is no wifi image in network n shairing center

  6. Farhan Faizal 7 years ago

    Thank you! works very well

  7. Anonymous 7 years ago

    Thanks for this 🙂

  8. Allen Blaise 7 years ago

    I have forget my wifi password, so what I have to do to find my wifi password? Can you please help me??

  9. Anonymous 7 years ago

    Thanks mate

  10. Shikhar Chouhan 7 years ago

    Thanks alot!

  11. Muhammad 7 years ago

    I have followed all the steps but couldnt find the password i am using windows 8.1 so is there any way to find i think it is protected by our company

  12. Ishtvan 7 years ago

    it works but only if networks have a name without space between the names like: wifinet

    if the name is :wifi net is not work ……cen you help me pls


  13. lorry 7 years ago

    i cannot see the wireless property key.

    now i cant see the password i want to connect my phone on the wifi.

    is it possible that the IT operator has hidden that key so that we cannot access?

    well if so, how can i see it and resolve my problem?


  14. fahad 7 years ago

    thank you very very much

  15. sandeep jangid 7 years ago

    i cannot see the wireless property key.

    now i cant see the password i want to connect my phone on the wifi.
    please talk about it.

  16. Stian 7 years ago

    Help Key Content dosen’t come up, under Security Key is there 802.1X, EPA type, 802,1X auth credential, Credential configured and Cache user information.


    I am on my school internet, can that be it.

  17. poop 7 years ago

    perfect, thank you.

  18. Clark 7 years ago

    Many Thanks

  19. Taramani 7 years ago

    Thanks Michael.

    The command mentioned works perfectly for the WiFi that I am currently connected to. However I am facing a few difficulties while finding out the password of an older connection.

    I entered the following –

    1) C:\netsh wlan show profiles –> It shows me both the names (the present and the previous connection)

    2) C:\netsh wlan show profile name = newconnection key = clear –> It shows me all the details and the Key Content

    3) C:\netsh wlan show profile name = oldconnection –> It shows me all the details apart from Key Content (Similar to the problem Daniel faced above)

    4) C:\netsh wlan show profile name = oldconnection key = clear –> It shows me an error saying that the mentioned profile does not exist. 

    Can you help me in this regard?


  20. Prakhar Jain 7 years ago

    really helpful and fun 😀

  21. Sonu Gupta 7 years ago

    thank u sir

  22. mikael 7 years ago

    Hi guys

    IS there one of you who can help me how to get wifi password by using command prompt cause have tried and is not working please help




    • Author

      If netsh wlan show profiles didn’t work, the password is not stored in the profile and you can’t recover the password. You need access to the Wi-Fi router.

  23. Renee Tan 7 years ago

    Thanks alot!

  24. jennifer wilson 7 years ago

    really helped me out …. thank you so much ….

  25. emman 7 years ago

    in the security key , it just shows present , how do i know the password its not listed , it just says present ?

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