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How to Change Your WiFi Name and Password

When you get a new router, the first thing you should do is change your WiFi network’s default name and password. But, even if you’ve already changed your password, the Wi-Fi Alliance recommends you change it at least once a year. Here’s everything you need to know about how to change your WiFi network’s name and password on a Windows 10 or Mac computer.

Note: If you forgot your WiFi password, you can always find it using your computer, as long as it’s connected to the same wireless network. Check out our step-by-step guides on how to find your WiFi password on a Windows 10 PC and how to find any passwords on a Mac.

Before you can change your WiFi name and password, you need to log in to your router. In order to do that, you need to know your router’s IP address and login information.

Read More: What is an IP address?

How to Find Your Router’s Default IP Address

You can often find your router’s default IP address, as well as the default username and password on the back, side, or bottom of the physical router. However, this information can be changed, so you might need to reset your router if you want to return the settings back to default.

Read More: How to reset your WiFi router to factory settings

If you don’t want to factory reset your router, you can also use your Windows or Mac computer to find your router’s current IP address. Here’s how:

How to Find Your Router’s IP Address on Windows

To find your IP address on a Windows computer, press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard, type “CMD” into the Run window, and click OK. Finally, type “ipconfig” into the Command Prompt window and hit Enter. You will find your router’s IP address next to Default Gateway.

How to Find Your Router’s IP Address on a Mac

To find your router’s IP address on a Mac, click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences.” Then click “Network,” select “Wi-Fi “in the left sidebar, and click “Advanced.” Finally, go to the “TCP/IP” tab, and you will find your router’s IP address next to “Router.”

How to Change Your WiFi Name and Password

To change your WiFi name and password, open a web browser and type your router’s IP address into the address bar. Then enter your router’s username and password. Finally, search for Wireless settings, enter a new username and password, and click Apply or Save.

  1. Open a web browser. You can use Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or any other web browser.
  2. Then type your router’s IP address into the search bar and press the Enter key. Many routers use the same private IP addresses. So, you can try entering “192.168.0.1” or “192.168.1.1” or “10.0.0.1” into the address bar of your browser. If those don’t work, check out our step-by-step guide on how to find your router’s IP address on a Windows, Mac, iPhone, or Android device.

    Note: Your device will also need to be connected to your router’s WiFi network in order to change your WiFi name and password.

    Note: You might see a warning that says your connection is not private. According to Netgear, this is “not important” because your router is on your local network and has security built-in. To proceed, click Advanced and then Proceed or Continue.

  3. Next, enter your router’s username and password and click Sign In. Your router’s username and password are not the same as your WiFi username and password. You might be able to find your router’s username and password printed somewhere on your router or in its manual. If not, you can also use this list to find the default username and password of your router by brand.

    Note: The most common router usernames are “admin,” “user,” or just leave it blank. The most common router passwords are “admin,” “password,” or leave it blank. If you don’t know your router’s login credentials, you will need to reset your router and use the default username and password.

  4. Then click Wireless. You will usually see this in a menu on the left side of your window. This button might have a different name, depending on your router. You might also have to click through other buttons or find the Advanced settings of your wireless router.
  5. Next, change your new WiFi name and password. You will usually be able to change your WiFi network in a text box next to “Name,” or “SSID” (Service Set Identifier). To change your WiFi password, you usually have to choose a security option first. If you want to know more about which router security option you should choose, check out our previous article here.

    Note: In order to change your WiFi name, you might have to check a box next to Enable SSID Broadcast or something similar.

  6. Finally, click Apply or Save. Your changes won’t go into effect until you click Apply or Save.

    Note: After you change your WiFi username or password, you will have to reconnect all the devices using the new WiFi network name and password. If your computer was connected to the same WiFi network, you will be disconnected from the internet until you sign in with your new WiFi username and password.

If you still can’t log in to your router, check out our step-by-step guide on how to reset your router. This way, you can use your router’s default login credentials again to then change your WiFi name and password. 

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