What to Do When Mac Won’t Remember WiFi Passwords?

So, your Mac won’t remember your saved Wi-Fi passwords? And you are tired of manually typing passwords for the Wi-Fi networks at home or work?

In this post, I’m going to show you a few quick tricks that might work.

Tip 1: Make Sure You’ve Checked “Remember this network”

When you finish typing the correct password to a network, you should see this Remember this network option.

Check this only for the Wi-Fi networks that you trust, for example, at home or in the work place. After you input the right password, check this option and then click the Join button to continue.

Tip 2: Delete Keychain and Retry

Note: do this only when the first tip above doesn’t work out, or your Mac fails to remember the passwords for other reasons.

Step 1: In the Spotlight search box, type Keychain Access, double click the first result to open the Keychain Access app.

Step 2: A new window pops up, under System (on the left panel), select your Wi-Fi network, right click and delete it.

Step 3: Now re-join the network and don’t forget to check the “Remember this network” option as shown in tip #1.

Tip 3: Reset NVRAM

If you also notice that your Mac is facing other issues such as super slow to start up, Bluetooth won’t work, screen resolution not display properly, etc. besides the not remembering WIFI passwords issue, resetting NVRAM may help.

Note: This tip originates from an Apple Discussion. Personally, I haven’t encountered the issues above.

Resetting NVRAM is harmless, and it only takes a minute.

Follow the guide in this Apple support article, or watch this YouTube video:

That’s all. Let me know if any of these tips worked for you or not.

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  • John Lionel

    Same thing, as RMO. I cannot delete network nor update password with the same error message.

  • RMO

    I tried step two but I couldn’t delete any of the networks (yes I have administrator privileges) and got this error message.

    “An error occurred while deleting ?network name.?”
    “UNIX[Operation not permitted]”

    For some reason the inability of the system to remember passwords for wifi networks only seems to happen with new Telus 2.4 and 5g networks. Everything else works fine.