For your ease, Windows saves WiFi passwords by default. But you can export and save it somewhere else, just to be on the safer side. Many people have been complaining they’ve lost their WiFI passwords and they are searching for tutorials to do the same. But prevention is better than cure. You just need to back up your WiFI password. No matter what happens, you’re safe. WirelessKeyView, Lastpass and Windows itself can back up your WiFi password.
Both Lastpass and Windows allows Import feature, whereas WirelessKeyView gives you a text file which contains all the necessary information.
The export and importing of WiFI passwords is a new feature in Lastpass. If you’re already a Lastpass user, then you just need to save your WiFI password into the LastPass Vault and you can export it to other computers anytime.
To do this:
2. Click on Lastpass button on your browser’s top-right area.
3. Choose Import From.
4. Select WiFi passwords.
Note: This is only available on Lastpass 1.90 or later. If not you will see an error message like below:
5. You will see a new tab opened. Click Import there. You can choose which networks. Simply tick the networks whose settings and passwords you need to import.
To export the settings, you can do: Export To >WiFI passwords. Your passphrases will be restored automatically.
Windows also provides us with a way to back up WiFi passwords. But there is a drawback – you can only backup the password and setting of one WiFi network. However, this doesn’t matter much, because most of you just need to backup the network settings and password of a single network. Do this:
1. Go to Control Panel and open up Network and Sharing Center.
2. Click on Manage Wireless Networks on the left sidebar.
3. Right click on the desired network and choose Properties.
4. In this window, click Copy this network profile to a USB flash drive and you will be prompted for inserting a USB flash drive.
5. Once the process is complete, you can insert the USB flash drive on any other computer and then execute the file setupSNK.exe. You can save this file on your hard disk for future use.
If you have to backup the settings and pass-phrases of multiple networks, then use WirelessKeyView utility by Nirsoft. You can simply view and export all the network settings as a text / HTML file.
1. Download this utility.
2. Execute the .exe file. You will be able to view all the saved passwords.
3. You can either select particular networks, or use the HTML Report – All Items option.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Backing up your WiFi passwords is a necessary thing and you should take care to do it as soon as possible.