A Wi-Fi network to connect your smartphones, laptops and other devices to the Internet should be secure. In order to keep your devices safe, you must know how to change Wi-Fi password.
When you get a new Wi-Fi connection, it’s possible that a few other people apart from you and family members know the password. This may include the person who installed the router for you and set a default password or it’s also possible that your new Wi-Fi connection has been installed without a password.
Both situations are tricky exposing your personal Internet connection to data theft and slow speeds. In order to avoid this, you must know how to change Wi-Fi password or set a new one in case there’s no password. Here’s a step by step guideline to help you change the Wi-Fi password.
How to change Wi-Fi password: step-by-step guide
Changing the Wi-Fi password is not as daunting as it appears to be. It requires users to login to a router’s configuration page and change the password from there. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Using a web browser on your smartphone or laptop, visit your router’s configuration page. The router configuration page is usually the default IP address of the router. Usually, it’s listed on the bottom or side of the device as ‘IP address’ or ‘access URL’. Often times, it is either 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1.
- Once you know the IP address of your router, simply copy-paste it in your browser’s address bar and hit enter
- The webpage will ask you to either log into your router using the username and password or just the password. You will need to check with your internet service provider or the user manual of the router for login details. Some routers have the login information printed on the bottom.
- After you have logged into your router, click on the ‘Wireless’ or ‘Wireless Security’ option on the next page
- In this section, you can change the Wi-Fi network name and password.
- Once you have entered the desired password, scroll down to the end of the page and click on ‘Save’ or ‘Save Changes’
- Your Wi-Fi password is now changed
Choose a password that’s a combination of upper case letter, lower case letter, numbers and symbols for increased security. Once the Wi-Fi password is changed, all connected devices will be disconnected, you will need to reconnect them again using the new password.