How to Find WiFi Password on macOS Big Sur via KeyChain & Terminal
Have you ever lost or forgotten your WiFi network password? Maybe you’ve got to add a new phone to your home network, or you’ve decided to forget your network on a mobile, and now you need to reconnect. So, in this guide, you’ll learn How to Find WiFi Password on macOS Big Sur via KeyChain & Terminal.
In addition, you can’t imagine using your machine without WiFi, if you’re like most Mac users. You wouldn’t be able to view your papers, chat with friends, families, and colleagues online, and you’d probably not be able to open your web page and scan for something that comes to mind. That makes WiFi password management and optimization of WiFi a big deal because it is a surefire way to ignore either of them without WiFi access.
How to Show WiFi Password on Mac
If you’re using a Mac, finding or viewing your WiFi password is easy as long as you know your account password and your account has administrative privileges. Here’s how to find or view WiFi password on macOS Big Sur, one using the “Keychain Access” and one using a command in “Terminal.”
Note: The below steps also apply to macOS Catalina, Mojave, and others.
Method 1. View or Find WiFi Password On Big Sur Using Keychain Access
Keychain Access is a macOS app that stores all your passwords to prevent you from recalling them. When you know the password for your Mac administrator, you can find or show your Wi-Fi password, which is saved in Keychain automatically.
Step 1. Go to the Spotlight search and then search for Keychain Access. If you are on finder, Go to Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access.
Step 2. In the Keychain Access window, click on the Passwords category at the top then type the name of the WiFi network you want the password for in the search bar, and at last double-click on the network to open it.
Step 3. Click on the checkbox next to the Show password text box.
Step 4. Verify your identity with the admin login credential. [Username will appear at the top right of the Mac menu bar].
Step 5. Your WiFi password will appear next to the Show password option.
Method 2. View or Find WiFi Password via Terminal
Another way to find/view your WiFi network password is by using the Terminal app by typing a command on it. The terminal is a built-in app on your Mac that allows you to control your Mac using command prompts.
Step 1. Open Terminal. Applications > Utilities.
Step 2. Enter the following command and then hit enter:
Note: Make sure that you replace the WiFi-network-name with the actual Wi-Fi name
security find-generic-password -wa WiFi-network-name
Step 3. You will be asked to enter your admin username and password. Once you enter your username and password, the network password will be displayed.
This is how you can find and access the WiFi password on macOS Big Sur and you have learned two different ways to show the WiFi password. However, the above-mentioned steps also apply to macOS Catalina, Mojave, and earlier Mac versions.
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