How to Display the Wi-Fi Password When Joining a Network on Your Mac

Posted in How To, Mac, macOS on 15/05/2017 by Chris Hauk

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Today’s how to seems like something everyone would know, but it’s easy to overlook, especially for first time Mac users.

Have you ever had to enter a complex password to join a Wi-Fi network? If you need to enter a password that uses a healthy mix of alphanumeric and special characters, it’s easy to get lost while you’re entering it.

Luckily, macOS Sierra provides an easy way to see the password, so you can easily keep track of what you’ve entered. (This works on earlier versions of Mac OS X too.)

How to Display the Wi-Fi Password When Joining a Network on Your Mac

1.) Click on the Wi-Fi icon in your Mac Desktop’s Menu Bar.

2.) Click on the Wi-Fi network you wish to join from the pull-down menu that appears.

3.) When the password entry window for the selected Wi-Fi network appears, click the “Show password” checkbox, found directly below the password input field.

How to Display the Wi-Fi Password When Joining a Network on Your Mac

4.) Enter the correct password as usual. You’ll be able to see exactly what you type in the entry field.

How to Display the Wi-Fi Password When Joining a Network on Your Mac

5.) Press enter to join the network.

This makes it so much easier to enter a complicated password than by just typing blindly. Of course, it goes without saying that you should make sure no one is peeping over your shoulder, taking note of the password. Unless it’s the Network Admin, I guess that would be OK. But make sure he shows you his company badge first…

(Thanks to OSXDaily for the original tip.)

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Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

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