In one of our previous articles we told you how to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network on your computer or smartphone. To do this, you just need to know the network login and password. But what to do if you don't know or have forgotten the password? There are ways, and we share them with you.
The easiest way to find out your Wi-Fi network login and password is to look at the label on the router. Usually it's stuck on the bottom of the device, so you need to turn it upside down. But if the router is attached to the wall, this option is not suitable. In this case, you can look for the login and password in the manual to the device or in the packing box. But if you have changed the factory password to your own, this method will not work either.
Therefore, let's consider other options of password viewing.
How to determine the Wi-Fi password on Android
Android smartphone owners can determine the Wi-Fi password in one of two ways:
- Go to the data folder — misc — Wi-Fi — text file wpa_supplicant.conf. The file will show a list of passwords that were used to connect the router. On some versions of Android, you can only access this file by connecting to a computer.
- Download the free WiFi Key Recovery app from Play Market. After granting this programme superuser access, a list of Wi-Fi points to which the phone was connected will open with passwords. You need to find the desired point and see the password.
How to determine the Wi-Fi password on your iPhone
On models from iOS 16 onwards, it is quite easy to view the Wi-Fi password. To do this, you need to:
- Go to "Settings" of the smartphone.
- Open the "Wi-Fi" tab.
- Press the name of the network you are using.
- Find the "Password" option in "Properties" and click on it.
- Log in with Touch ID, Face ID or password.
- View the password or copy it if necessary.
Previous versions of iOS are deprived of such a convenient function. Therefore, owners of smartphones with iOS 15 and earlier versions can find out the password using the router code. This method is suitable only if the standard authorisation data in the router's admin control panel has not been changed.
The procedure is as follows:
- Go to "Control Centre" and tap the "Wi-Fi" icon.
- Tap the letter "i" (information) next to your connection.
- Tap on the "Router" line and copy the URL.
- Paste this address into your browser and follow the link. As a result, a login and password window will appear.
- Type admin in both fields, thus entering the router settings.
- Find the tab labelled "Wi-Fi connection" or similar.
- Open the information about the Wi-Fi network, where there will be a field with its name and password.
You can also use the Qrafter app from the App Store, which allows you to share your login and password with other smartphones using a QR code. But this option will work only if you have previously entered the login and password from your Wi-Fi network in the application.
How to share a Wi-Fi password with another iOS device
If you have a smartphone running iOS 11 or newer and the device is connected to a private wireless network, you can use it to let another Apple device connect to Wi-Fi. But provided the other device is also running iOS version 11 or higher.
To securely share your password (without having to manually enter it), you first need to turn on Wi-Fi Bluetooth on both devices. Then you need to make sure that the email address associated with your Apple ID is stored in the host's contacts and his email address is stored in your contacts.
After the above steps, you need to do the following on the recipient device:
- Open the “Settings” option.
- Go to the “Wi-Fi” tab.
- Select the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to.
The sequence of actions on your device is as follows:
- In the pop-up window asking if you want to share Wi-Fi access, you need to tap "Provide password" — "Done".
- Your smartphone will share the Wi-Fi network with the smartphone that asks for it.
How to reset and how to set a Wi-Fi password
In case the methods described above did not give the desired result, there is a radical solution — resetting the router to factory settings. To use it, you need to:
- Find the “Reset” button on the back of the router.
- Press it for at least 10 seconds to completely reboot the router
- Write down the router data on the back of the router (SSID - factory name, password — standard Wi-Fi code).
- Write these data and thus connect to the Internet.
But if you are not an experienced user, it is better not to use this method because of possible difficulties with new settings.
And for the future, we would like to advise each of you to always write down the name of the Wi-Fi network and its password to save yourself from unnecessary troubles.