AirPort - Regain Access from Forgotten Passwords

Last Modified: Feb 28, 2016 9:19 AM

To quickly change a forgotten password:

  • If you ever forget either your AirPort's base station Administrator or its wireless security password, the simplest way to access the base station again would be to perform a "soft" reset. This type of reset will temporarily disable all of the base station's passwords for up to five minutes. This should give you ample time to access the base station with the AirPort Utility to change it.

 

To retrieve a password:

Option #1 - Using Keychain Access

If you don't want to actually change the password, then you can possibly retrieve the password from the OS X Keychain, as follows:

  • Run the Keychain Access utility found in \Applications\Utilities
  • In the category column (on the left side of the utilities' window), select "All Items."

 

For the Wireless Security password:

  • In the right column look for your Network Name. It will have a "Kind" of "AirPort network password."
  • Double-click on your network name listing.
  • Click on "Show password."
  • Enter your Mac's administrator's password
  • Your wireless network's security password should now be displayed.

 

For the Base Station password:

  • In the right column look for your base station's name. It will have a "Kind" of "AirPort base station password" or "Time Machine Password."
  • Double-click on your base station name listing.
  • Click on "Show password."
  • Enter your Mac's administrator's password.
  • Your base station password should now be displayed.

 

Option #2a - Using the AirPort Utility from a Mac

  • Run the AirPort Utility.
  • Select the AirPort base station, and then, select Edit.
  • From the AirPort Utility's menu bar, select Base Station > Show Passwords...

 

Option #2b - Using the AirPort Utility from an iOS Device

  • Run the AirPort Utility.
  • Select the AirPort base station, and then, select Edit.
  • Select Advanced > Show Passwords (Note: The wireless security password will be listed after "Main Network;" the base station administrator password will be listed after "Base Station."