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How to Change Your WiFi Password

There’s a common misconception that you need a personal computer or desktop to change your Wi-Fi name and password. Here’s how to change your WiFi password and username with any device that can connect to the internet.

First, there are a few basic things you need to know before you start:

  • The IP address of the Wi-Fi router. If you don’t know what your IP address is, check out our article on how to find your IP address on a Windows PC. If you’re a Mac user, check out our article on how to find your IP address on a Mac.
  • Your current username and password.

Once you have the information above, you can change your Wi-Fi name and password on a Mac or PC:

How to Change Wi-Fi Name and Password

  1. Enter your router’s IP Address into the search bar of any web browser. You can use Safari, or Firefox, or Chrome, or even Edge if you happen to have it on your computer.

    Note: You have to be in the same network that you are trying to access.

  2. Then hit return.
  3. Enter your router’s username and password into the pop-up screen.

    Note: This is not the same as your Wi-Fi username and password. If you have never gone into your router, there are several default usernames and passwords to try.
    Depending on which router you have, your default username can be “admin” “root” or blank. Your password could also be “admin,” “password,” or blank.

    Once you know your router’s username and password, be sure to write it down in case you forget it later.
  4. Enter your existing Wi-Fi username and password and click Sign In.
  5. Find “Wireless Settings.” If you cannot find that try to look for “Security Settings.”

    Note: this may be different for you, depending on which router you have.

  6. Enter your new Wi-Fi username and password and then select apply. Your username may also be under “SSID,” and your password may be under “WPA-PSK Key” or “Passphrase” or “Wireless Key” or “WPA2 PSK Key,” depending on what router you have, and what kind of network security you have.

    Find out the differences in network security settings here.

  7. Check your system preferences to make sure that the changes were applied.

Make sure that you write down your updated Wi-Fi username and password in case you forget in the future.

After you change your WiFi password or username, you can expect that your internet connection will go down. In order to regain your connection, you need to reboot your router. Then, upon reconnection, it will require you to input your new password so that you can connect to the Internet.

After changing the password, you can expect that the devices that were previously connected to your Wi-Fi will be automatically disconnected. You will have to reconnect each device using the new password manually.

Updated on December 6, 2019

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