How to view the passwords of WiFi Networks you’ve previously connected to in OS X

If you ever need to figure out the password of a WiFi network that you’ve previously connected to (eg. your friend forgets their network password) – here’s how you can recover the password for that Wireless Network.

  1. Start by launching the program Keychain Access, which can be found in your Applications -> Utilities folder.

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  3. Select the login entry from the Keychains column.

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  5. Type in airport in the Search field to narrow down the logins to those related to your AirPort (wireless) card.
  6. Locate and then double-click the Wireless Network you want to retrieve the password of, from the Name column. In the example below, I have selected the Wireless Network E9Phoenix, which I believe was a Wireless Network I used at a hotel.

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  8. Select the Attributes tab and then click the Show Password box.

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  10. Enter your password and click OK.
  11. Enter your password again and click Allow.
  12. Now the password for that specific Wireless Network will be displayed in the Show Password field.

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  14. You can repeat the above steps to determine the password for each of the Wireless Networks you’ve connected to – if you opted to “Remember This Network” when you connected to each one.
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