Have you lost or forgotten your Wi-Fi password and username? Routers can become inaccessible if that’s what happened. But don’t you worry! We are bringing you every known method to gain access to the username and password. You will also find some tricks to reset it as long as it is your device. So without further ado, let’s begin!
Connection Name Is Not Username:
The first thing you need to understand is that the name of the connection or router is not the username. The username is something you use to access the router’s services and tools. The password for it is quite different.
Learning Your Username & Password:
The best way to learn about your wifi device’s username and password is by looking at the device’s back sticker. There, you will find two information:
- Wifi SSID
The Wifi SSID is the authentic username for your connection. Meanwhile, the password is to access the router. If you haven’t changed these yet, you can use these to access them immediately.
What To Do If You Have Changed Username & Password:
After you’ve changed the username and password, the first thing to do is to write them down and store them somewhere secure. Google offers notes, and so do many other service providers.
These are connected to cloud storage to help you never miss any essential information or details. However, if you don’t have the username and password saved somewhere, there isn’t too much you can do. The best you can hope for is to reset your router.
Resetting The Router For Username & Password (Default):
The best thing you can do is hope that your wifi device comes with an option to reset your username and password. Usually, there is indeed a button given on the wifi router. You just have to press it. If you have your router’s manual, it will tell you how long you have to push it.
For most of the devices, it is around 10 seconds you have to hold for the device to reset. Once you do that, your router will reboot. Once the router reboots, you can use the username and password given on the device’s back. Alternatively, some devices come with an ‘admin’ username and password, both.
Most of the time, if you have ever connected with the Wi-Fi network, your system will have logs for it. The password and username that you need are primarily known as WiFi SSID.
Getting Your Wifi’s Password:
Now. If you are trying to find the password for the wifi network you’re connected to but can’t remember it, there is an option for you to do this. All you need to do is follow the steps given below. We have tried to bring you the steps for both Windows and macOS to make it easier for you to find the password.
By using this password, you can connect on any device. If you’ve connected to this particular network in the past by using the same device, it will be a piece of cake. Usually, the device has logs and information for almost all of the connections. Here is how you do it:
Get Network’s Password On Windows:
- There are two ways to launch a command bar. You can search for it in the bar at the bottom left corner, or you can launch it through the taskbar.
- For the taskbar, click on File and click on New task, then check the ‘create this task with administrator privilege’ and type CMD to launch it.
- For the search bar, just search for Cmd or command prompt and launch the app. Both of these options are viable.
- Next, type ‘netsh wlan show profile.’ This will open the list of all of the networks you have connected to.
- Now, type ‘netsh wlan show profile “profile name” key=clear.’ The profile name will be the name of the connection you are looking for the password for.
- A new list will open up. Now, look at ‘security settings.’ You will see ‘key content’ that is the password to connect to the wifi network.
Recover The Password For MacOS:
Instead of a command prompt, Mac OS uses Terminal. It is kind of similar and will provide you the logs of Wifi password and SSID:
- Launch the terminal window for any of your macOS devices.
- Next, you would have to type defaults read. /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.airport.preferences |grep SSIDString. Yes, it is longer than the command prompt, but it will do the same job.
- Now you will have the list of the connections.
- Type ‘security find-generic-password-ga “Connection’s Name” | grep “password:”
- Connection’s name will be the one you want the password for.
- This will enable you to get the password immediately.
Remember, both of these options will help you get the password for the connection, not the username and password of your Wi-Fi router. The best way to always remember them is to get them written and stored somewhere.
How To Access The Settings For Password And Username On Router?
You need to learn your IP address. To find your IP address, you can go to your network connection settings and find properties to check the IP address. You can also learn to find your IPV4 address separately. If you know your IP address, then:
- Open the web browser and enter your IP address.
- Press enter, and it will load the admin control panel for your router device.
- It will ask for a username and password.
Use the above-given options to find username and password. Use them.
Losing or not remembering your connection’s username and password can be quite annoying. Now, remember that these don’t apply to your phone’s hotspot. You can conveniently access them and reset them however you like them. These are for your wifi routers and devices. Hopefully, the information was precise and easy for you to understand.