How to view saved WiFi password on Android – with and without root

How to view saved WiFi password on Android – with and without root

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed your WiFi password but you didn’t have it written down anywhere? Sometimes we need to show a WiFi password on Android. You might need the WiFi password if you’re trying to connect to a network, or if you need the password for a friend’s network. There are several reasons that might require you to know the WiFi password and forgetting is not an option open to you.

Android 10 and above offer you an easy way to see the WiFi passwords for your saved networks without a rooted device. Here’s how you can see the saved WiFi password on Android 11. Please note that the process can vary depending on the phone and Android version.

View saved WiFi password on Android 10 and above without root

To view the WiFi password on a phone running Android 10 or above, you need to go to Settings. Search for Network & internet and tap WiFi. You will see your current WiFi network at the top of the list. Select the once needed to view the options for the network. Here, you need to select the Share button. You’ll need to confirm your face/fingerprint, or enter your PIN code, to move on. Once done, you will see your network’s Wi-Fi password listed below a QR code.

View saved WiFi password on Android 9 and below with root

If you are still running Android 9 or below, we have a way to view saved WiFi passwords for you too. However, the method requires you to have your device rooted because the file that holds the Wi-Fi credentials for saved networks is in a protected directory of your phone’s storage. And 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). Alternatively, you can try using an Android Wi-Fi password viewer app like WiFi Password Viewer.