Wondering how to show 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.
No matter the reason, we'll show you how to find saved Wi-Fi passwords on Android using a few different methods. Note that these only let you see the password for networks you've already connected to in the past.
How to See Wi-Fi Passwords on Android Without Root
Starting in Android 10, you can now see the Wi-Fi passwords for your saved networks without a rooted device. Let's look at how to do this on stock Android 11—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. Tap Wi-Fi and you'll see your current Wi-Fi network at the top of the list. Select it (or a past connection in Saved networks list below) to view options for the network.
On this page, select the Share button. You'll need to confirm your face/fingerprint, or enter your PIN code, to move on. Once you do, you'll see your network's Wi-Fi password listed below a QR code.
If the password doesn't appear for some reason, you can scan the QR code on another device to add it to the network.
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, you'll need to turn to other methods 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 are rooted, 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's not much they 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, you might consider using a password manager so you have your own record of important Wi-Fi passwords.
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