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.

  • Farbod


  • Dean Johnson

    Thank you so much! I’ve been looking for this forever

    • I’m glad to hear it. Thanks for letting us know!

  • Eli Montoya

    First actual review on here that has been helpful for me!!

    • Steve Zou

      You must be new

  • I always use the keychain and I’ve never thought of this. Thank you!

  • Norbi Whitney

    Also fun to find out the password at your friend’s house, if they entered it for you so that you “wouldn’t see it”…

    • iphone72

      See that’s why I have a “guest” wifi setup…

  • rexology

    Now if only they could somehow find a way to get wifi passwords from the iPhone

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      There used to be a jailbreak tweak (I think there’s been multiple) that integrated this into the preferences…

    • rafaelpz

      There is, actually. The same instructions here apply, since the wifi passwords from iOS are synced in Mavericks.

  • Christopher

    The One thing that I’ve thought only possible on Windows…

  • I typed in the name of my WIFI and it’s not showing up. Dammit.

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  • oh yes

  • Orhan Öçal

    Thanks a lot!

  • ilyas

    Thank you

  • Najwa Yasmeen

    Thank you so much!! This was beyond helpful! I only wish I’d found it sooner.

  • When I click on “Show Password”, the checkbox checks and then suddenly unchecks automatically and there is no popup for system password. I tried repairing keychain-access but no luck.

  • Zunair Mushtaq

    Great guide Steps! Thanks 🙂

  • ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    Thank You!!

  • Santhosh Thamaraiselvan

    Thank you… It helped a lot. 🙂

  • Thanks a lot for your well written article.

  • Natchanon Vana

    I’ve reach step four which the system asked me to type the admin username and password again but nothing happens. Can someone help me please

  • Josh Powell

    3 years later, and this is still a useful article. Bravo! And thank you!

  • E. Lawrence

    When the wifi password was entered, the computer was told not to remember the password. I checked keychain and the password is not found in keychain. Is there still a way to find the password to the wifi connection or is it impossible?

  • Roman Juan

    Perfect thanks bro

  • James Haynes

    still relevant. tight work sir, just what a wanted. i guess this is a “timeless classic” for mac users 😉

  • Gyaneshwar Pardhi

    Awesome worked for me.

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  • Humphry Polesworth

    Perfect. Many thanks. Saved the day at Uppsala University.

  • Sathiya Raj

    Thank you so much. It’s very useful for me. awesome.

  • Chimgee G

    Thank you so much. So helpful

  • The Eye

    You’re a legend! Thanks a lot

  • Johnnie Bravo

    worked like a charm!! amazing