One of the most annoying moments is when you forget your Wi-Fi password. You cannot add a new device to your network, and neither can you risk the chance of changing the Wi-Fi password because the devices connected will also be removed. In this article, we will show you how you can reset your Wi-Fi’s username and password if you happen to forget it or for some reason not able to access it. We will divide this into two parts. These are the two possible cases you might be in.
- You have access to one of the devices that are connected to it.
- You don’t have direct access to any device connected to it.
Methods to Recover a Wi-Fi Username & Password:
So, let us start with the first case. In this one, you happen to have a device that is connected to the Wi-Fi, fortunately, but you don’t know that password using which you connected the device.
- Open the browser and enter 192.168.1.1 in search bar. If you know your Gateway address and you have entered it.
- If you don’t know what your gateway address is, lookup for it the box which came with the Wi-Fi router. The documentation provided in the box will contain some form of address that looks something like 168.1.1. If you are unable to find it but you still want to know what it is then finding a PC or Laptop that is connected to the Wi-Fi, open their respective command windows. This command window in Windows OS is called Command Prompt and can be accessed by searching ‘cmd’ in the start and Linux/Mac OS is called Terminal and can be accessed by simply searching the name. In case you do not have access to any PC or Laptop that is connected you need to skip this section and go to case II.
- Once entered in terminal or command prompt, for Windows type ‘ipconfig’ and hit Enter into the command window. for Linux or Mac OS type ‘ifconfig’ and hit enter.
- This will show you details of all the network devices present in the PC/Laptop. Look for the Wi-Fi adapter’s name. It will include some addresses in 8-bit form. Look for the default gateway address.
- As mentioned earlier it looks like 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. Enter this address in the browser of a device that is connected.
- Once entered, it will ask for admin credentials. We expect that you know this, if not this will also be provided in the documents provided with the box. Some common credentials are
- Username: admin; Password: admin
- Username: admin; Password: password
- Once entered you can not only reset the Wi-Fi to default settings if you want to, but you can just change the username and password to whatever you like.
- This can be found in the Security section where username is mentioned as SSID Name and password is mentioned as Passphrase.
- Change these values and save them. This will restart the Wi-Fi and once complete you are good to go.
- If you somehow lost access to the Wi-Fi and are not able to connect to it for any reason you can consider resetting the Wi-Fi.
- Before resetting the Wi-Fi, make sure that you remember how to set up the Wi-Fi settings once you reset it. This is because it will be reset to default settings.
- In case you do not know how to set it up contact your Internet Service Provider. They can help you set it up later.
- Now, access the Wi-Fi Modem/Router hardware. Look for the back or bottom of it and you can find a reset hole.
- Find a sharp object like pin, pen, etc. and press it into that hole. If your Wi-Fi was turned on already you can see that the lights must have turned off for a second. This is because the settings were restored to defaults.
- Once it is reset, you must know the default Wi-Fi name and password. The Wi-Fi name is generally something related to the model of the company your Wi-Fi is manufactured by.
- The Wi-Fi’s default security should either be open, i.e. without any password or it should have a WPA2 security password. This password is the default one and it can be found in documents or you can find it at the bottom of the Wi-Fi modem/router.