I am often surprised by the number of people who use the default password for their Wi-Fi network. Not only is it distasteful, but it can also cause a load of security issues in the long run. These days, routers come with advanced passwords. However, if you have an old model, its password could be as easy as 1234…

    In this guide, I will explain how to change the Wi-Fi password.

    How to Change Wi-Fi Password Quickly

    You can change the Wi-Fi password in three ways. One, you can use the router companion app. Two, you may use the ISP companion app to change the network details. Third, you can use the web portal or the IP gateway portal to change the password.

    How to Change Wi-Fi Password through the Router App

    If you use third-party router equipment from popular brands, you may have an easy option to change the Wi-Fi password. For instance, if you have an ASUS router, you can use the companion application to change almost everything about the Wi-Fi network.

    Change Wi-Fi Password through the Router App

    However, because these applications have different user interface designs, I cannot tell you the exact steps for every device. Instead, I can give you the basic idea.

    1. To get started, you have to open the router companion app on your Android or iOS smartphone. In the case of Google Fiber, you can use Google Home for this purpose. Or, if you have an ASUS router, you can download the ASUS router app for Android and iOS.
    2. Once you have logged in or connected to the Wi-Fi network, navigate to the subsection or tab called Network.
    3. There, you will find an option to edit the network information. You may have to enter the current Wi-Fi password, depending on the app.
    4. Once you have provided the information, the Wi-Fi router may restart.

    Of course, once you change the password, the router will disconnect all connected devices. You will have to enter the new password to connect them again. Voila! You are ready with a more secure Wi-Fi network.

    For reference, I have created a quick table to help you navigate through dedicated apps for popular Wi-Fi router products.

    Brand
    Application/Device
    Detailed Navigation Path to WiFi Settings
    Amazon
    Eero WiFi
    Go to Settings, select ‘Wifi Name‘ and ‘Wifi Password‘ options
    ASUS
    ASUS Router
    Navigate to Advanced Settings, then choose ‘Wireless
    Google
    Google Home
    Access Favorites, navigate to ‘Wifi‘, then go to ‘Settings
    Linksys
    Linksys App
    Open the Menu, and select ‘WiFi Settings
    NETGEAR
    Nighthawk
    Direct access to ‘WiFi Settings‘ from the main menu
    NETGEAR
    Orbi
    Open the Menu, go to ‘Settings‘, and select ‘WiFi Settings
    TP-Link
    Deco (Apple, Google)
    Tap on ‘More‘, then select ‘Wi-Fi Settings
    TP-Link
    Tether
    Go to Tools and select ‘Wireless

    How to Change Wi-Fi Password through the ISP Companion App

    Let’s say that you use a router provided by your ISP. This could be the case if you were searching for information on how to change your Verizon Wi-Fi password or AT&T Wi-Fi password. In these instances, you may not have access to the router manufacturer’s app. Instead, you need to use the ISP companion app.

    Even in this case, changing the network’s Wi-Fi password is not a difficult task. For instance, if you have the internet planned from Google Fiber, you can use the Google Fiber app to make changes to the network. The steps are as follows.

    1. First, you must install the Google Fiber app on your Android or iOS smartphone.
    2. Now, ensure you have connected the device to the existing Wi-Fi network.
    3. Go to Settings > Network and choose Edit Network Settings.
    4. You can now change the password for the network and proceed.
    Change Wi-Fi Password through the ISP Companion App

    As mentioned in the last method, existing devices will disconnect from the network. But you can connect them again by entering the new password.

    For reference, I will list popular ISP companion apps and how to use them.

    Provider
    App
    Detailed Navigation Path to WiFi Settings
    AT&T
    Smart Home Manager
    Navigate to ‘More‘, then go to ‘Network
    CenturyLink
    My CenturyLink
    Select ‘My Services‘, go to ‘WiFi Networks‘, then ‘Edit Network
    Cox
    Panoramic Wifi
    Choose ‘Connect‘, see ‘Network‘, then ‘Edit WiFi Settings
    Frontier
    MyFrontier
    Select ‘Manage Wi-Fi‘ directly from the menu
    Google Fiber
    Google Fiber App
    Go to ‘Network‘, then ‘Edit Network Settings
    Optimum
    My Optimum
    Access ‘My WiFi‘ directly from the main menu
    Spectrum
    My Spectrum
    Go to ‘Services‘, ‘Your Spectrum Network‘, then ‘Edit Network Info
    Verizon
    My Verizon
    Choose ‘Internet‘, then ‘My Networks
    Xfinity
    Xfinity App
    Select ‘WiFi‘, choose ‘(Your network name)’, then ‘Edit WiFi Settings

    How to Change Wi-Fi Password through Web Portal

    If you do not want the hassle of installing mobile applications, you can change the Wi-Fi password through the web portal. Now, there are two ways to go about it.

    The first is to log in to the router’s IP gateway and change the network settings. The second method is to change the details through the ISP web portal. While both of them are effective, you may have to choose one that fits your convenience. I will also cover the basic steps to do both these ways.

    Option #1 Use the Third-party Router Gateway

    If you use a third-party router for your internet connection, these steps are for you.

    This may apply to you in two cases. One, you have set up your internet connection on your own using one of the routers you have bought. Two, you may have declined the ISP-provided equipment, opting for your custom choice. Either way, the steps are:

    1. You can open the router IP gateway using the information in the table below. If you cannot find the information for the router model, you may need to refer to the user guide.
    2. Log into the panel using the username and password. In most cases, the username will be admin, and the password will be admin or password.
    3. Go to the Network tab and choose Wi-Fi Network
    4. You will see an option to enter the new password.
    5. Confirm when you are asked to enter the existing password.
    Use the Third-party Router Gateway

    All the devices will disconnect, but you can connect them again.

    Here is the reference table I talked about:

    Manufacturer
    Web Address
    Detailed Path to WiFi Settings
    IP Address
    ASUS
    router.asus.com, asusrouter.com
    Advanced > Wireless > General
    192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1
    D-Link
    dlinkrouter.local, mydlink.com
    Settings > Wireless,
    My Devices > Settings > Basic Settings
    192.168.0.1
    Linksys
    myrouter.local
    Configuration > Wi-Fi > Basic Wireless Settings
    192.168.1.1
    NETGEAR
    routerlogin.net
    Basic > Wireless,
    Settings > Wireless Setup
    192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1
    NETGEAR
    orbilogin.com, orbilogin.net
    Basic > Wireless
    192.168.1.1, 10.0.0.1
    Synology
    router.synology.com
    Wi-Fi Connect > Wireless > Wi-Fi
    192.168.1.1
    TP-Link
    tplinkwifi.net
    Basic > Wireless
    192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1
    TP-Link
    tplinkdeco.net
    N/A
    192.168.68.1

    Option #2 Use the ISP Web Portal

    By the way, if you use ISP-provided equipment, the steps vary substantially. In most cases, the ISP also wants you to use the centralized web portal to manage the Wi-Fi network. It also means you cannot access the mesh system/router IP gateway fully.

    I genuinely recommend avoiding the web browser method if you use ISP-provided network equipment. You are better off installing the ISP companion app, which is optimized to work with the equipment. So, if you like to change Xfinity Wi-Fi password, you should install the Xfinity Home app.

    Finding the Gateway IP Address for Your Router

    I have tried to provide the IP address gateway information for most of the routers you can find. These are top manufacturers who have updated firmware and everything. However, there could be a situation where you cannot find the IP address gateway online.

    In these instances, you need to look for the manual option, which is different for Windows, Mac and Android. I will quickly take you through the process of finding the gateway IP address for your network so that you can access the router control panel and make the changes to the Wi-Fi network.

    How to Find the Gateway IP on Windows

    On Windows, you can follow these steps to determine the gateway IP of the current network:

    1. Open Network and Internet Settings
    2. Choose Wi-Fi from the menu and select the specific wireless network
    3. Look for a data field called IPv4 address

    Here, you can find an IP address that would lead you to the IP gateway.

    How to Find the Gateway IP on Mac

    On Mac, the steps are slightly different.

    1. Make sure that you have connected to the wireless network
    2. Open Wi-Fi Settings from the Wi-Fi menu
    3. Click Details and find the IP address against the Router entry.
    Find the Gateway IP on Mac

    That’s it.

    How to Find the Gateway IP on Android

    On stock Android, you can get the IP details through these steps:

    1. Open Settings and choose Network
    2. Go to the Wi-Fi menu and select the Wi-Fi network
    3. Now, go to Network Details and find the IP address under Gateway

    Now, you can use the IP address to access the gateway.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I access my router settings?

    You can access your router settings by opening the router control panel IP address. You can find this address on the router user manual or through OS settings.

    What is the admin password for the WIFI router?

    By default, the admin password of most Wi-Fi routers is admin/password. However, some manufacturers have now started using unique combinations, which you can find in the user guide.

    How do I find my router’s admin address?

    You can refer to the table above to find the admin address of routers from popular makers. But if you can’t find it, you may look at the user guide or the router box.

    Conclusion

    I believe I have kept everything brief while providing the basic instructions to change the Wi-Fi password. I also think the processes are self-explanatory, especially while using the companion apps.

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    Rajesh Namase is one of the top tech bloggers and one of the first people to turn digital marketing and blogging into a full-time profession. He has unwavering passion for technology, digital marketing, and SEO. With a penchant for exploring the digital world, Rajesh covers a wide range of topics, from Internet to the intricate universe of the technology, including WiFi, Browsers, Windows, and more.

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