How to Find Saved Wifi Passwords on Android

How to Find Saved Wifi Passwords on Android

Have you ever been wondering how you can view the saved wifi password on your Android phone? then stayed glued to this article and try the following tips and apps. 

This is important because you might have been connected to  a wifi but you have forgotten the password, or maybe you want to know the password of that network in order to easily connect your friends or family members. 

So no matter your objective, in this article we will show you how to view saved wifi passwords on Android by making use of various methods and some apps that will ease your going. But you have to note that this method only allows you to view the password to networks that you have already connected before. 

What is Wifi ?

Wi-Fi  is a family of wireless network protocols, based on the IEEE 802.11 family of standards, which are commonly used for local area networking of devices and Internet access, allowing nearby digital devices to exchange data by radio waves. These are the most widely used computer networks in the world, used globally in home and small office networks to link desktop and laptop computers, tablet computers, smartphones, smart TVs, printers, and smart speakers together and to a wireless router to connect them to the Internet, and in wireless access points in public places like coffee shops, hotels, libraries and airports to provide the public Internet access for mobile devices.

How to View Saved Wifi Password on Android Without Root 

Well let us get down to our main point in this article, starting from the Android 10 devices, you are now able to see wifi passwords for your saved networks on your device even without a rooted device. But in this article, we are going to look at how to proceed with this on stock Android 11, the process may slightly look different depending on your device and android version. 

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If you want to view the wifi password on Android 10 and above, you can open settings and then head to network & internet where you will now tap wi-fi and then your current wifi networks will appear at the top of the list. You can either select it or a past connection in Saved networks from the list below to view further options of the network. 

Once you have done the above step, you will have to select the Share button and will firther need to confirm your face ID or fingerprint or better still your PIN code in order to identify that its you before you can proceed. Once you have done this, you will  be able to see your network's Wifi password listed below a QR Code. 

How to Find Saved Wifi Passwords on Android

How to View Wi-fi Password on Android 9 and Older Versions

The method above will not work for you if you are using an Android 9 or earlier versions. So if you are using an android 9 version or earlier or may be your phone does not feature the above option, then you will have to make use of other methods in order to reveal your wi-fi password.  But one thing to note is that unfortunately, these methods all require a rooted device before it can work accurately.

A rooted device is required for android 9 or lesser versions because the file that holds the wi-fi credentials for saved networks is in a protected directory of your phone's storage. So you will not have permissions to view the folder of the file within it if and only if you are using a rooted device.

So we can say that the very first step or requirement is to have a rooted device, If you already have a rooted device, move to /data/misc/wifi using a file explorer app that suppots root browsing. Then from here, you will have to open wpa_supplicant.conf and you should see your network name (ssid) and its password (psk).

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Should in case the above method still does not work for you and you want to go about another method, then you can make use of an Android Wi-fi password viewer app like Wifi Password Viewer that will allow you to select saved network to view password.

How to Find Saved Wifi Passwords on Android

This app requires root and have some mixed reviews so your mileage may vary and incase your phone encrypts the file containing wi-fi passwords then there is not much you can do.

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