How to Find Network Security Key?

By Dominic Chooper on June 21, 2023

You will find the network security key at the back of the router. You can also find it by using the Command Prompt or PowerShell in Windows and from the Keychain Access utility in a Mac computer system.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Why Find the Network Security Key?

The most significant reason to find the network security key is to ensure that you are ready with it when the system asks for it, which it may do at times.

Also, if you are an owner of a restaurant or a place where people visit and may ask for Wi-Fi access, you will need to know the security key to ensure that the connection is secure and no one can access it without authorization provided by the security key.

Ways to Find Network Security Key

How to Find Network Security Key

You will find the network security key in the box the Wi-Fi router was delivered or in the user manual. If you cannot find it there, check the backside of the Wi-Fi router.

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The above methods are perhaps the easiest of all methods. However, if that does not work, other alternative ways to find it out are:

The process to find the network security key in Windows and Mac computers is a bit different, as you will see in the later stage of this article.

Here are the easy steps to follow for each.

In Windows Computers

Method 1: From Network Connections

Make sure that your computer is connected to the Wi-Fi network first and then follow these steps.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

(Alternatively, you can go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings.)

Clicking on the Wi-Fi icon

Clicking on the Wireless Properties

Checking the box beside Show characters

You will find your network security key there.

Method 2: Via Command Prompt

You can also find the network security key of your connection by running a couple of commands in Command Prompt. This method is especially helpful if you have multiple networks in your computer system.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

This will show one or all of your network profiles or connections, as shown in the image below:

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Typing in the command netsh wlan show profile

This will show the files of all the networks on your computer along with their location path, as shown in the image below:

Typing in the command netsh wlan export profile folder=c:\ key=clear

Opening Drive C

Selecting WordPad from the drop-down submenu

Here you will see all the properties of the network along with its password details in the keyMaterial, as shown in the image below:

properties of the network along with its password details in the keyMaterial

Method 3: Using PowerShell

You can also run a few commands in PowerShell to find the network security key eventually.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

(You can also type this command in parts, typing each word at a time and hitting Enter every time.)

Typing in show profile name

Look for the SSID name and the authentication. Note that the security key is not visible even though it is ‘present.’

To see the network security key, you will need to type in the command show profile name= “NETGEAR24” key=clear and hit Enter.

Typing in the command show profile name= “NETGEAR24” key=clear

The security key will be displayed at the bottom next to the Key Content.

In Mac Computers

As it is in Windows, it is not very difficult to find the network security key if you are using a Mac computer. Here’s how.

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Method 4: From the Keychain Access

Assuming that you know the name of your Wi-Fi network, you can know the security key from the Keychain Access.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Going to the Search icon

Typing keychain access

(Alternatively, you can go to Finder on the left and then select Go > click on Utilities > select Keychain Access.)

Clicking on the small box next to ‘Show password:’

Clicking on the Allow button

You can see the network security key on the right side of ‘Show password:’ in the previous window.

Conclusion

There is no reason to call a service technician or take your PC to the service center to find the network security key if you need it.

The above simple methods will save you from all the hassles allowing you to do it yourself quickly and most effectively.