How to Recover the Password of Your AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, or Time Capsule Base Station

How to Recover the Password of Your AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, or Time Capsule Base Station

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If you've forgotten the password of your Apple AirPort Base Station you may be able to recover it using these instructions.

Step One
Launch Keychain Access from your Applications:Utilities folder.
How to Recover the Password of Your AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, or Time Capsule Base Station

Step Two
Make sure login is selected from the Keychains list on the left and All Items is selected from the Category list on the left side of the window.

Double click your base station from the main list. It will be of Kind 'AirPort Disk password' and will have the name you assigned the device during setup. ie. iClarified's AirPort Extreme.
How to Recover the Password of Your AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, or Time Capsule Base Station

Step Three
Select the Attributes tab from the Info window that opens and the click the Show password checkbox.
How to Recover the Password of Your AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, or Time Capsule Base Station

Step Four
You will be asked to log in using the 'login' keychain password. This will most likely be the password for the administrator account on your Mac; rather than the password for your AirPort Base Station. Enter your administrative password then click the Allow button.
How to Recover the Password of Your AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, or Time Capsule Base Station

Step Five
Notice the password from your AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, or Time Capsule will now be shown in the Info window.
How to Recover the Password of Your AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, or Time Capsule Base Station

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Dom Howard - October 6, 2016 at 12:18pm
Thank you. Worked a treat!
Supergirl - February 11, 2016 at 8:58am
I went to Apple Store and was told I would not be able to retrieve my password and all would be lost after a reset. Yikes!! So glad I googled help for 2nd opinion. Your step by step was easy and worked!!! Thank You, Thank You!!
cpj - January 14, 2016 at 8:59pm
Excellent instructions! Do you have a method for those using airport extreme with a PC perhaps?
Gabor Herman - April 9, 2015 at 3:44am
Awesome instructions!
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