Retrieve an Airport Password From Your Keychain

You can use these instructions to retrieve any saved password from your keychain, such as the password to your wireless network. The keychain is a secure place to store passwords. When you initially connected to your password-protected wireless network, your password would have been stored in your keychain if you checked “Remember this network.”

  • Click on the Finder icon on your Dock to open a Finder window.
  • Click on the Go menu and select Utilities
  • Locate Keychain Access and then open it by double-clicking on it. This application lets you view the passwords (keys) stored on your keychain. You’ll notice that the application’s icon is a ring with keys on it.
  • Use the Search field in the upper right corner. Type in the name of your wireless network.
  • Click on the name of your wireless network from the list of found items. Here are some clues on how to find the right one if there are multiple items with the same name. It’s Kind will be Airport Network Password. It’ll be on the “login” keychain.
  • Go to the File menu and select Get Info.
  • In the lower left corner of the Get Info window check the box named “Show Password.”
  • You’ll be prompted to enter your administrator account’s password. (This is your main computer password. This is the password you use when installing software updates.)
  • Click the “Allow Once” button.
  • The password is displayed.

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