How to View Saved Wi-Fi Passwords on Android

Wondering how to see a Wi-Fi password on Android? Maybe you’re connected to a network where you forgot the password, or want to check the password for a friend’s network so you can connect another device to it.

No matter the reason, we’ll show you how to find saved Wi-Fi passwords on Android using a few different methods.

These only let you see the password for networks you’ve already connected to in the past. You can’t use them to find the Wi-Fi password for a network you’ve never joined; you’ll need to ask someone who manages the network for the password.

You shouldn’t share the password for a network someone else manages unless you have their permission.

How to See Wi-Fi Passwords on Android Without Root

In Android 10 and later, you can view Wi-Fi passwords for your saved networks without a rooted device. Let’s look at how to do this using stock Android 12 on a Pixel device—the process may look slightly different depending on your phone and Android version.

To view a Wi-Fi password on Android 10 or later, open Settings and head to Network & internet. On Android 10 or 11, tap Wi-Fi. On Android 12, you’ll need to select Internet instead.

You’ll then see your current Wi-Fi network at the top of the list. Select it to view options for the network. If you’re not connected to the right network, select another one from the list; check the Saved networks entry at the bottom of the page to easily find past connections.

On the Wi-Fi network’s overview page, select the Share button. You’ll need to confirm your face/fingerprint, or enter your PIN code, to proceed. Once you do, you’ll see your network’s Wi-Fi password listed below a QR code.

Now you know your network’s Wi-Fi password and can give it to someone else, or enter it on a different device.

The QR code displayed on this page makes the process even more convenient, as it lets another device join the network without needing to manually enter the password. This increases network security by concealing the actual password, as well as sidestepping the frustration of typing the password incorrectly.

If you’re sharing the password with an Android device, that other device can tap the QR Code icon next to Add network (below the list of Wi-Fi networks) to easily scan and join. If the other person has an iPhone, have them scan the code using the Camera app, then tap the prompt to join. See how to scan QR codes on Android and iPhone if you have trouble.

Starting with Android 12, you’ll also see a Nearby button that lets you share the password with other Android devices around you. This uses the Nearby Share function, and saves the step of having to scan the QR code from your device’s screen.

For convenience, you may want to screenshot the QR code so you can send it to others without going through the above menus every time. Just remember that anyone with that code can join your Wi-FI network, so keep that picture safe.

How to See Wi-Fi Passwords on Android 9 and Older

If you’re running Android 9 or earlier, or your phone doesn’t feature the above option for some reason, you’ll need to turn to other options to reveal your Wi-Fi password. Unfortunately, these methods all require a rooted Android device.

This is because the file that holds the Wi-Fi credentials for saved networks is in a protected directory of your phone’s storage. You don’t have permission to view the folder, or the file within it, unless you’re rooted.

If you have a rooted device and want to see your Wi-Fi password on Android, you can head to /data/misc/wifi using a file explorer app that supports root browsing. Open wpa_supplicant.conf and you should see your network name (ssid) and its password (psk).

In case this doesn’t work, or you want to try another method, you can try using an Android Wi-Fi password viewer app like WiFi Password Viewer. These let you select a saved network to view the password.

They require root, and have mixed reviews, so your mileage may vary. If your phone encrypts the file containing Wi-Fi passwords, there isn’t much apps like this can do.

View Wi-Fi Passwords on Another Device

These are the two main methods to view saved Wi-Fi passwords on Android. If you’re not rooted and use Android 9 or earlier, your best bet is to check the Wi-Fi password on a desktop device instead. These make it a lot easier—see how to find Wi-Fi passwords in Windows 10 or how to view Wi-Fi passwords on a Mac for help.

In the future, consider using a password manager so you have your own record of important Wi-Fi passwords and don’t need to use these workaround methods. You should also make sure your own Wi-Fi network is protected against attack.

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