How to recover lost/ forgotten Router Username and Password

If you don’t remember your router’s password or you just got a used router, then you can reset the router to its factory default.

All Router’s use their default IP addresses or web-based Login pages to protect hackers from accessing the router settings. For example, 192.168.1.1 is the default IP address for many famous routers. You need the router’s standard username and password to login to 192.168.1.1 or default IP address of your router if it’s different. But, if you don’t know your router’s password, then you will have to reset the router to its default settings and find the default username and password of your router.

Before resetting your modem or router, Open the default IP address of your router and try logging with the default username and password. There might be a possibility that you have never changed your username and password. It always worth trying before we proceed to do the Router reset to its factory default. So, we need to find your router’s default username and password first, here are few ways to find it.

  • Sticker on the router: Look for the sticker on the router. All the router have sticker on their routers with the default IP address, username and password, Mac address and other device-related info.
  • Read your Router’s Manual: Every Router comes with a Manual, Open it and look for your router’s default username and password. Routers have different combinations of usernames and passwords even if they come from the same manufacturer. Look for your device model number and write down your username and password.
  • Try the common username and password combinations: Some of the common router username and passwords are User: “admin” pass: “admin”, User: “admin” pass: “password”, User: “admin” Pass: “<your isp name>”.
  • Check out our List of Username and Password: If none of these worked for you, then you can check our list of default usernames and passwords. We have included all the famous router brands available across the globe, if your router is missing, please let us know in the comments below.

Now, if you have tried the default username and password but they didn’t work for you, that means your router’s username and password were changed. Now, the only option that is available is to reset the Router to its default settings.

Reset the router to default factory settings

All the routers have a small, hidden reset button on the backside. We will use this button to reset the router to default factory settings. Let’s understand what the reset button does to the router, once we reset the router all the changes we made earlier will be gone and the router will be as new. 

Resetting is different from router to the router but the process is universal. At the back of the router, look for the reset button. The reset button is a pinhole, so you don’t press it accidentally. Take a paperclip or any sharp needle-like object, press and hold the button for 10 seconds. Wait for the lights to go on and start blinking again. Now, wait for the router to reboot.

Once the router is reset, connect to the wifi or the cable (if a wired connection) and open default IP address (like 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1, 10.0.0.0.1 or any other address). Now on the login page, enter the default username and password, that you have found earlier.

I hope this article is helpful to you. If you have any doubts feel free to comment below.

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