How to See Someone’s Search History Through Wifi

With the advancement of technology, our lifestyle has been drastically transformed. Primarily the internet is responsible for making the virtual world so natural to us. The effect of the internet is evident in everything we do- be it ordering a burger, writing an online examination or forming a personal relationship. It hugely impacts how we interact among our peers, how we get to know about international issues, and how our brains function.

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However, it is challenging to check students’ and children’s internet activities, as everybody now knows how to clear their browsing history. To solve this issue, we will focus on how to see someone’s search history through Wi-Fi in this blog. Before understanding how to see someone’s search history who uses your WiFI, let us first know if it is possible to view someone’s search history at all.

How to See Someone’s Search History Through Wifi

You should know that you can’t directly access someone’s browser history’s even if the person uses your Wi-Fi. However, it is possible to gather someone’s log data by setting up your router. Router settings widely vary from one brand to another. This being said, all routers mostly have a feature known as Logs. All your browsing activities get accumulated in Logs. 

To obtain a device’s log data, you need a web browser to connect to your router. After that, you are required to put information like IP address and access dates. By default, the log remains disabled. Hence you need to enable it by following the instructions in the manual that came with your router. Only after enabling it can you track user activities. You also have the option to reach out to your ISP provider for a router log. In case you want to examine your router’s history using a web browser by yourself, kindly follow the below-mentioned steps:

Step 1: Open the web browser on your desktop and put your router’s IP address. The IP address is a string of numbers, which you can find out by carefully inspecting your router. It is at times available at the bottom of your router.  

You can access your router’s IP address through your desktop too. For this, you need to go to the start button and click on Command Prompt. Once the new window opens, type down ipconfig and press the Enter key. After this, look at the Default Gateway part, which appears in the Wireless LAN Adapter Wi-Fi section. The string of numerical digits stated in Default Gateway is your router’s IP address. Copy and paste it on the address bar of your web browser.

Step 2: In the second step, you will be led to the router’s dashboard. You are required to Sign in now using your router’s admin username and password. You are most likely to find this information at the bottom of your router, or you can also look for it in the manual.

Step 3: The site layouts vary from one router to another. However, you might spot a link to view your Wi-Fi history and logs on the router dashboard’s homepage. By accessing the link, you can look at the IP addresses of the websites that your router has visited. To track a particular device’s internet activity, you will have to find its IP address. After that, you can scan the logs and track down the websites visited by that specific address.

Step 4: The log includes information such as the time of entry into a particular website, the IP addresses of the devices that surfed the internet, and the IP address of the websites visited. We hope that by following the steps mentioned above, you will be able to track down the internet activities of someone who access your Wi-Fi. 

However, it is essential to note that accumulating such kinds of data can violate their privacy. You should refrain from accessing others’ internet activities and use such methods only for legitimate purposes, such as monitoring your kid’s internet activity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Can I wipe off my Wi-Fi router history?

Yes, it is possible to delete your Wi-Fi router history. All you need to do is, use a browser to log in to your router. Nearby your Wi-Fi history section, you will be able to spot an option like Clear System Log. Click on this to remove your Wi-Fi router history.

Q2: Can I block access to specific websites by setting up my Wi-Fi router?

Yes, it is possible to block the websites which you do not wish to access. You need to go to the router settings page and look for Content Filtering, Access Restrictions, Block Sites, or similar options. After you spot the setting, enter the web addresses of the sites you want to block. Since most of the routers are different from each other, we recommend you go through your Wi-Fi router manual.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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