How to Prevent Keyring Password Prompts For Wireless Connections in Ubuntu

by Lonnie Lee Best
Lonnie Lee Best

When I set up Ubuntu on my laptop, I make a separate partition for my “home” folder, so that when I decide to install a later version of Ubuntu, all my files and settings (from my previous installation) persist in the new installation.

However, one issue that seems to recur (each time I do this), is after I install the newest version of Ubuntu, my wireless connections start prompting me for a keyring password, unlike before.

So, to make it stop doing that, I delete all the files in my keyring folder like this:

Places > Home Folder > View > Show Hidden Files > .gnome2 > keyrings > Delete All Files > Restart

Maybe one day, the installation process will account for this annoyance, but until then, this is what I do to resolve the problem.

More Descriptive Instructions:

  1. Click the “Places” menu, which is the second menu from the left, on the top-left of you Ubuntu-Gnome desktop.
  2. Click “Home Folder”, and a window will pop up that shows the contents of your home folder. This window will contain a “View” menu at the top-left.
  3. Click “View” and then click “Show Hidden Files”, this can also be achieved by typing Ctrl-H.
  4. Now double click on the folder named “.gnome2”.
  5. Double-click on the “keyrings” folder.
  6. Delete all files in this folder by typing Ctrl-A, and then pressing the “Delete” key on your keyboard.
  7. Restart your computer.

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Lonnie Best has been using the internet since 1993, and has been making web pages since 1995. visit:

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