Changing the router password can be a daunting task, especially when you’re not tech-savvy.
If you’re in a similar situation and have accidentally messed up the password to your TP-Link router like this guy, don’t worry.
With the right guidance, you can easily change your TP-Link router password.
You have two options to change the router password – through the router configuration panel on a web browser or the TP-Link Tether app.
This article will walk you through each option step by step, so you can regain access to your router in no time.
How Is a Router Password Different From a Wi-Fi Password?
Before learning how to change your router password, I want to explain the difference between a router password and a Wi-Fi password, to prevent any confusion.
The password for the router is necessary to access its settings, whereas the Wi-Fi password is utilized to connect gadgets to the router’s wireless (Wi-Fi) network.
When setting up the router for the first time, it will have a default router password that is commonly known and easy to guess, such as “admin.”
Therefore, I recommend that you change the default router password to prevent unauthorized access to your router settings, which can even result in being locked out of your own router.
Initial Step: Reset Your TP-Link Router
In case you forget your TP-Link router’s username and password, you should reset the router to erase all configuration settings and revert the router to its default password and username.
Then you can log in to the router configuration panel on a web browser with the default username and password, and change to a new router password as you desire.
You can look for the default router username and password in the router label information.
TP-Link routers usually have the default username and password as admin.
Besides the router’s default username and password, you can also find the router’s default Wi-Fi network name and password on the label information.
Follow these steps to reset your router:
Step 1: Use a pointing head object such as a toothpick to press the Reset button on the router for about 10 seconds.
Step 2: Release the toothpick when you see the indicator lights on your router off and on.
Now that you have successfully reset your router, proceed to the next section to learn how to change your TP-Link router password.
How To Change Your TP-Link Router Password
There are two ways to change your TP-Link router password: using the router configuration panel on a web browser or the TP-Link Tether app.
Let’s walk through each option.
1. Use the Router Configuration Panel on the Web Browser
The process of changing your TP-Link router password on the router configuration panel varies depending on the model.
Therefore, I will demonstrate the process on my TP-Link router model Archer C20.
To change the TP-Link router password in the router configuration panel, follow these steps:
Step 1: Connect your laptop or phone to the router’s Wi-Fi network with the Wi-Fi default password.
Step 2: Open your web browser and access this link http://tplinkwifi.net.
Step 3: Log in with the default router’s username and password.
Step 4: Go to System Tools, then select Administrator.
Step 5: On Account Management, type in the router’s old password, then type in a new password and confirm it. For the username, you can keep it as “admin” or change it as desired.
Note: the username and password must not exceed 15 characters in length.
Step 6: Press Save to set the new password for your router.
Congratulations, you have successfully changed the password for your TP-Link router!
2. Use the TP-Link Tether App
The TP-Link Tether app is available on both iOS and Android phones.
Follow these steps to change your TP-Link router password on the TP-Link Tether app:
Step 2: Connect your phone to the router’s Wi-Fi network with the Wi-Fi default password.
Step 3: Open the TP-Link Tether app on your phone.
Step 4: Use your TP-Link ID to log in to the app. In case you don’t have one, then click Don’t have an account? to create a new TP-Link account. Read the section below to learn how to create a TP-Link account.
Step 5: Select your router on the device list.
Step 6: Enter the router’s default username and password to log in to the router.
Step 7: Select Tools at the bottom screen.
Step 8: Select System.
Step 9: Select Login Account, then type in the old router password, which should be admin if you have already reset your router.
Step 10: Type in your new password for the router and confirm the password. For the router username, you can keep it as admin or change it as desired. Finally, select Save to set it.
How To Create a TP-Link Account
When you click on the “Don’t have an account?” option on the login page of the TP-Link Tether app, you will be taken to the account creation section.
Follow these steps to create a TP-Link account:
Step 1: Type your email address, then press Continue.
Step 2: Type in the password and confirm it for your TP-Link account, then press Sign Up.
Step 3: TP-Link will send an activation email like below.
Step 4: Open your mail, then select Click to Finish Registration.
Once you receive the below notification, you successfully create a TP-Link account, and you can use it to log in to the TP-Link Tether app to manage your TP-Link router.
To secure your home network, it is crucial to change your TP-Link router password.
Whether you choose to use the router configuration panel on a web browser or the TP-Link Tether app, following best practices such as choosing a strong password and changing it regularly can help prevent unauthorized access to your router settings.
You can ensure the security and privacy of your home network by following the steps outlined in this article.
Hai Huynh became captivated by technology at a young age when he got his hands on a Gameboy to play Pokemon. Now, he writes and edits technical articles for smart TVs and streaming devices to help readers solve problems on their own. In his free time, he enjoys playing billiards, riding motorbikes, and watching action and horror movies.