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Recover a Mac WIFI Password

October 19th, 2008 by admin in Apple, Password Info, Wireless

There are a couple of ways to get to this data, including simply using the Keychain Access utility, but probably the easiest way to get to this specific data is to go through Airport System Preferences. Go into the Airport control area of Mac OS X and you’ll find a list of all the different networks you’ve successfully joined in the past, including those with and without passwords.

Open up System Preferences –> Network –> Airport –> Configure…:


Pick the network you need and click on the little “EDIT” button and a new window pops up with specific information on this network:


Click on the “Show Password” checkbox, and ….


The password is shown in hex but dont worry it’ll still work when you paste it into your new WIFI profile if you choose to create one.

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  1. Konstantin said,

    on December 14th, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Спасибо классная статья 😉

  2. ghjgk said,

    on February 8th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Does not work

  3. toni said,

    on July 31st, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Try this:

    1. Applications
    2. Utilities
    3. Keychain Access
    4. System (top left; defaults to login)
    5. Found the SSID of key that I was trying to recover and double-click
    6. Select the Show Password checkbox
    7. Enter your admin password.

    Enjoy.

    Josh Phillips

  4. giovanni said,

    on July 8th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    thanks, josh phillips!

  5. Flavio said,

    on July 12th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    TONI, you are right and it does work also on OSX 10.6.4

    Great!


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  7. albel said,

    on August 8th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    In leopartd 10.5 don’t work. This is the solution:Go
    Go to:
    1. Applications
    2. Utilities
    3. Keychain Access
    4. System (top left; defaults to login)
    5. Found the SSID of key that I was trying to recover and double-click
    6. Select the Show Password checkbox
    7. Enter your admin password.

    Related mac wifi password recovery: http://www.macpassword.com/recover-mac-wireless-password.html

  8. TY said,

    on September 25th, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Thank you, josh Philips! 🙂

  9. Lili said,

    on December 26th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    YESSSS!!! Josh Phillips that worked.

  10. SuziD said,

    on March 28th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you! It worked!!!

  11. Chris Petersen said,

    on April 29th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Josh Phillips, thank you!

  12. Lisa said,

    on June 2nd, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you!!!!

  13. Mary said,

    on August 13th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Thanks a lot!

  14. Ramin said,

    on September 7th, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Thank you Josh

  15. Boutchie said,

    on September 11th, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Thanks a lot Josh Phillips

  16. David said,

    on October 31st, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Josh’s solution WORKED… Woo-Hoo!!!!!! Thanks Josh.

  17. little bird said,

    on December 6th, 2011 at 1:24 am

    hi, what if I’m connecting the internet through cable and I wanna check my wifi password? there is no device connecting with the wifi now. Thanks for your help!

  18. Karen said,

    on January 19th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks Josh – yours worked!

  19. Sandy said,

    on March 19th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    thank you everrrr so much josh philips! Its works just like magic! haha 😀

  20. Kate said,

    on March 29th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Thank you, Josh Philips!!! You just saved me a call to Comcast!

  21. Gael said,

    on April 2nd, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Thanks Josh, You’re the best !

  22. Mel said,

    on April 4th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Josh – Worked like a charm. Thanks so much!

  23. Christianna said,

    on April 8th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    thanks soo much for the help!!! was able to set up my internet

  24. A Papp said,

    on August 10th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you so much! Saved me a lot of grief.

  25. Judy said,

    on August 14th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Thankyou thankyou thankyou…how easy was that!!! after HOURS of trying to figure it out 🙂

  26. Josh said,

    on August 22nd, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Thanks Josh 😉 sweet. as.

  27. Sarwa said,

    on August 31st, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks a lot dude… it is worked for me… 🙂 You saved my time. 🙂

    1. Applications
    2. Utilities
    3. Keychain Access
    4. System (top left; defaults to login)
    5. Found the SSID of key that I was trying to recover and double-click
    6. Select the Show Password checkbox
    7. Enter your admin password.

  28. leah herman said,

    on September 12th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    THANK YOU JOSH PHILLIPS!!!!!!

  29. leah herman said,

    on September 12th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Oh Josh Phillips – excellent!!!! Worked immediately. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Suzy said,

    on December 5th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks so much, Josh Phillips!

  31. lz said,

    on December 7th, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Thank you, Josh Phillips! Great instruction — problem solved! 🙂

  32. km said,

    on January 17th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks it worked and saved my time.

  33. Bashir said,

    on February 23rd, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I need my htc t.mobile wifi password

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