5 Ways to Change Wi-Fi Name and Password

By Puja Chatterjee on July 30, 2023

You should change the username and password of your Wi-Fi to protect it from hackers and other threats.

It is very easy to make such changes, but unfortunately most users do not bother to modify them, and end up facing different problems.

If you want to avoid it but do not know how to make these changes, you are reading the right article. Continue reading.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

What Are the Reasons to Change Wi-Fi Name and Password?

The security aspect of your Wi-Fi will be enhanced significantly when you change the default name and password of your router.

This will prevent unwanted users and hackers getting access to your system and cause all sorts of problems.

In short, it is an effective measure by any individual to contribute in their way in preventing cyberthreats and cybercrimes.

How to Change Wi-Fi Name and Password?

The most common way to change the name and password of Wi-Fi is through the configuration page of your router.

You may also do the same from:

Resetting the router will also help in changing the name and password of your Wi-Fi connection.

In Windows Computers

Here are the methods and steps to follow to change Wi-Fi name and password in Windows computer systems.

Method 1: Change it from the Configuration Page

To change the name and password of your router, you will need to access the configuration page of your router.

Note: The interface may differ depending on the type or model of the router. However, the basic process is almost the same.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

(The IP address is usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1). However, check it out at the side or on the bottom of the router.

User Name and Password

Going to the Wireless option

SSID Setup

Use Custom Security Key

The device connected to the network may be disconnected. If that happens, reconnect it with the new password.

Method 2: Change from the Profiles Folder in the Windows Registry

The Profiles folder in the Windows Registry Editor lists all network connections. Selecting your specific network from there and changing its name and password is another way to go ahead.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

In the Windows Registry Editor, expand the following folders on the left panel in the exact order by clicking on the small arrow next to each:

Select this folder and double-click on it to see all the network connections listed under it.

You may also right-click on it and select Modify from the drop-down options.

Looking for the ProfileName

Edit String window

This will change the name of your Wi-Fi network.

Method 3: Via Local Security Policy

If your version of Windows operating system has the Local Security Policy utility, you can use it to change the name of your network as well.

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STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Selecting Network List Manager Policies

You may also double-click on the network to open the Network Properties window.

Going to the Network Name tab

This will change the name of your Wi-Fi.

Method 4: Reset and Reconfigure the Router

Sometimes, depending on the type of router in question, the configuration page may not allow making any changes in the username and password of your Wi-Fi network.

In that case, you should reset your router to its factory settings. However, follow this method as a last resort, when all of the above methods have failed.

This will reset the username and password back to its original state, as displayed on the label at the back of the device.

Thereafter, you can set a new username and password to your Wi-Fi network by reconfiguring it, whether it is a Windows or a Mac system.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Looking for the small Reset button

The router will turn off and reset. Wait for the process to complete. Now connect all cables back.

You can now change the username and password from the Wi-Fi Settings by following these steps to reconfigure it: (Assume you are using a TP-Link router).

Clicking on the Let’s Get Started button

Quick Setup page

Choosing the Internet Connection Type

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Choosing DO NOT Clone MAC Address or Clone Current Computer MAC Address

Wireless Settings page

In the following Summary page, check the changes. If they are correct, click on the Next button. Otherwise, click on the Back button next to it, marked by a red arrow, and rectify the changes. Then click on the Next button.

Summary page

The names and passwords for both frequencies can be the same or different. It is up to your discretion.

The configuration of the router will be completed within a couple of minutes.

If you are asked to login for TP-Link Cloud functions in the TP-Link Cloud Service page, you may skip this step by clicking on the Log In Later option because it has nothing to do with the configuration process of the router.

Log In Later option

Clicking on the Finish button to end the Quick Setup process

Connect to your network and check whether the name and password have changed.

In Mac Systems

You can also change the username and password of your Wi-Fi network or router even if you are using a Mac computer system almost in the similar way.

Method 5: From the Admin Interface

It is the same process to follow as in Windows computers to change the name of a Wi-Fi router. However, there is a little difference as described below.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Typing in the IP address of your router

Selecting Home Networking

Click on the Save button

Finally, logout from the page.

Conclusion

Changing the name and password of your router is not at all different.

Now that you know the methods you will find it even easier to change them and enhance the security of your Wi-Fi network, whether you are using a Windows computer or a Mac system.