How To See WiFi Password on Android

Being able to see the Wi-Fi password on your Android is very handy, especially when you don’t remember it and want to connect another device to the Wi-Fi network or share it with someone.
Wi-Fi passwords are stored on your device but not in plain text format. Fortunately, there are things you can do to view saved Wi-Fi passwords using your Android phone.
We’ve searched the internet, followed the tech-savvy people, and watched many videos on the easiest, quickest, and most secure ways to reveal Wi-Fi passwords on Android devices.

Android 10 and Newer Versions

To see the Wi-Fi password on your Android, follow these quick steps:
  • Open Wi-Fi & Network from the Settings app (or Network & Internet on some phones).
  • Find the small gear/lock icon next to your connected (current) network and click on it, or tap Saved Networks and choose one.
  • Tap the Share button. To proceed, you may be prompted to verify your screen lock (using face, fingerprint, pattern, or PIN code).
  • Your Wi-Fi password will be listed below a QR code in plain text on the screen. Enter it on a different device or scan the QR code with another smartphone.
This only works if your Android phone is connected to that Wi-Fi network.
Note: These methods vary with the Android version you have and only let you see the password for the Wi-Fi networks you've connected to before.
Tip: To find your phone’s model number, go to the Settings menu (or System menu on some phones) and open the About Phone section. All the information about your device will be there, including the Android version.

Android 9 and Older Versions Without Rooting

You can’t see saved Wi-Fi passwords on older Android phones without rooting the device. This may be an inconvenience, but it’s for security reasons. Luckily, there’s a solution by which you can view Wi-Fi passwords without rooting your Android device.
First, make sure your Android phone is connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to see the password for. Then follow these easy steps:
  • Go to the Settings menu, open Wi-Fi, and click on the gear/lock icon next to the connected Wi-Fi network name.
  • Tap the QR Code and select the Save as image option.
  • Open the Google Lens app to scan the saved image, or open the image in Google Photos and tap the Lens icon. (You can download a QR scanner app to scan the image.)
  • The Wi-Fi network name and plain text password will be visible on your screen. Type the password directly into another device, or scan the QR code with another smartphone, then tap the Join Network option.

Rooted Android 9 and Below

To check if your Android phone is rooted, download the Root Checker app, open it, and tap the Verify root option.
Rooting your Android allows you to view the file that contains your Wi-Fi passwords on your device with the help of a third-party application. We will tell you how to see Wi-Fi passwords on your rooted Android using two such apps.

One: A File Explorer App

  • Download a file explorer app on your phone, launch it, and select the Allow option to grant it root access.
  • Find the System folder.
  • Navigate through the subfolders and open the Wi-Fi folder.
  • Find the file named ‘wpa_supplicant.conf’, which has all your saved Wi-Fi passwords.
  • Open this file to see the plain text password for your Wi-Fi network. Copy and paste it into a texting app and send it to another device.

Two: Wi-Fi Password Viewer App

  • Download the Wi-Fi Password Viewer app on your phone, launch it, and select the Allow option to grant it root access.
  • Select the saved network you want to see the password for.
  • Tap the Copy password option (or Share), paste it into a texting app, and send it to another device. You can also tap the QR code and scan it with another smartphone.

Android Phone in General

Let’s say you don’t know what Android version you’re holding and whether your phone is rooted or not. We have two easy options for you to see the Wi-Fi password on your Android.

Option A

If you have received a QR code (image) for Wi-Fi access from another device, you can simply use the Google Lens app to scan the code or tap the Lens icon in Google Photos. The plain text password for that Wi-Fi network will be visible on the screen. Tap the Join Network option.

Option B

Look in the cloud. Your Android phone is regularly synced with your Google account, which saves all your passwords, including Wi-Fi networks you’ve connected to in the past. Just log on to your Google account from your device, and all your data and passwords should be there.

Final Remarks

  • Use either the QR code or a trusted third-party app to quickly get access to the Wi-Fi password.
  • If you have an Android 12, tap the Nearby button to share your Wi-Fi password with other devices around you. No scanning QR code is required.
  • Screenshot the QR code and save it to your gallery so you can send it to another device or share it with others without going through the above steps every time.
  • Be cautious when using a rooted device. Your smartphone’s warranty may become void, and you can face threats like data theft or viruses if root permission is granted to an untrusted third-party app.

Conclusion

You don’t need to memorize your Wi-Fi password or write it down or ask for it again and again in public places with Wi-Fi. There are simple ways to see saved Wi-Fi passwords on your Android. And you can easily connect your other devices to Wi-Fi and share it with friends, even if you don’t remember the password.