Sometimes you may need to know the password from the connected Wi-Fi network on your Android phone to connect to a smartphone, laptop, or another device. And if it’s very easy to do this on a PC, with Android without root it’s more difficult.
What do you need to see saved Wi-Fi passwords on an Android device
You’ve probably connected to dozens of Wi-Fi networks over the course of owning an Android device. School, home, work, the gym, your friends and family’s homes, coffee shops. Every time you enter one of these Wi-Fi passwords, your Android device saves it for secure storage and easy access in the future.
The problem arises when you want to see the password for one of the networks you’ve connected to. Perhaps you want to connect another device to a saved Wi-Fi hotspot, or perhaps you’re with a friend who also wants to connect to the same hotspot.
If you have Android 10 or higher, you can see your Wi-Fi passwords right from your phone settings. However, if you’re using Android 9.0 Pie or lower, you will need to root.
Anyway, if you want to see saved Wi-Fi passwords on your Android device, here’s how you can do it.
How to see saved Wi-Fi passwords on Android 10 and higher
This method doesn’t require a root or even an additional app. However, your phone must be running Android 10 or higher. If your smartphone has been updated to this version, you can follow the steps below to view your saved Wi-Fi passwords. You have also to be aware that there’s only one version of Android 10, and that is the “Stock Android” version directly from Google. However, manufacturers are creating their own version of Android 10, applying an OEM shell such as One UI from Samsung, which means that the settings menu on your phone may be slightly different.
- So, first of all, go to the “Settings” menu and find the “Wi-Fi” submenu on your mobile device.
- Then, once you find the Wi-Fi settings menu, select it.
- On the Wi-Fi settings screen, scroll through the list of available networks and select the “Additional settings” option.
- After that, tap on the “Manage saved networks” option.
- From there you will see a list of all Wi-Fi networks that are saved in your smartphone.
- Now select the “Share” option at the top of the screen. You will be prompted to scan your fingerprint or face or enter your PIN or password.
- After that, you will see a QR code, which is the SSID and password of the network. You can scan this on another device using a QR scanner if you want, but the password is also listed as plain text below the QR code, so you can copy it from there.
Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to see saved Wi-Fi passwords on your Android 10 and higher device.
How to see saved Wi-Fi passwords on Android 9 and older
If your phone is running Android 9.0 Pie or lower, the only way to view saved Wi-Fi passwords is with a root app. If you already have root rights, go to the Play Store and install WiFi Password Viewer by SimoneDev. Once you have downloaded and installed the app, you can follow these steps to see saved Wi-Fi passwords on your Android 9 or older device:
- The first time you launch WiFi Password Viewer, the app will ask you for access to super user rights. Tap “Grant” in the pop-up window, and you will be taken to a list containing all Wi-Fi networks you have ever connected to, along with their passwords.
- If you have connected to many Wi-Fi networks while owning an Android device, your list can be quite long. If so, you can search for a specific network using the search button in the upper right corner.
- If you need to share one of these passwords with another device, you have several options. Tap on any entry in the list, then a small menu will appear. Then tap “Copy Password” to copy that network’s password to the clipboard, allowing you to easily paste it into your favorite text messaging app.
You can also tap “QR” to have the app generate a QR code containing network information. If the other device is a Pixel or iPhone, you can simply open the camera app, point it at the QR code, and then tap the pop-up to automatically connect it to the Wi-Fi network.
How to find out Wi-Fi password on Android without root access
Unfortunately, there are no built-in features on early Android versions that allow you to view Wi-Fi passwords without root access, but you can use the following method:
- Go to the Wi-Fi router settings from your Android phone. To do this with an active Wi-Fi network it’s usually enough to enter 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 in the address bar if the first address doesn’t open.
- Enter administrator login and password (standard login and password are usually specified on the sticker on the bottom of Wi-Fi router).
- In the router settings, go to the Wi-Fi security settings.
- Finally, view the set Wi-Fi password (network key).
Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to find out the Wi-Fi password on your Android device without root access. Now, you can easily change the password or share it with your friends.