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

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 10. Please note that the process can vary depending on the phone and Android version.

Although Google introduced the password viewing option on Android 10, the older versions of Android still lack this useful feature. So, to view the saved WiFi passwords on an older Android version, you either need to use third-party file explorer apps or Android Debug Bridge on PC.

4 Methods to View Saved Wi-Fi Passwords in Android

This article will share some of the best methods to view Saved WiFi Passwords on Android. With these methods, you can easily recover the lost WiFi Passwords. So, let’s check out.

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1. See WiFi Passwords without Root

Well, if you are using Android 10, you can see WiFi Password for all your saved networks without root. You just need to implement some of the simple steps shared below.

  • First of all, open Settings
  • On the Settings, tap on the WiFi network.
  • Now select the WiFi network whose password you want to view and tap on the share button,
  • You need to confirm your Face/Fingerprint or enter the PIN code.
  • You will now see your network’s WiFi Password listed below a QR code.

That’s it! You are done. This is how you can find passwords of your saved network without root.

2. Using File Managers

First, you need to use a file explorer to access the root folder. For that, you probably need to root your device. However, if you don’t want to root your device, you need to install File Managers like Root Explorer or Super Manager to view saved passwords. Here’s what you need to do.

Note: Please do not edit anything in wpa_supplicant.conf, or you will end up having connectivity issues.

  1. First of all, open the File Explorer that can access the root folder. Next, head to the data/misc/WiFi folder.
  2. Under the given path, you will find a file named wpa_supplicant.conf.
  3. Open the file and make sure to open the file in a built-in text/HTML viewer for the task. On the file, you need to look at the SSID and PSK. The SSID is the WiFi name, and PSK is the password.

Now note down the network name and its password. In this way, you will be able to view all saved WiFi passwords on the Android device.

3. Using WiFi Password Recovery (Root)

WiFi Password Recovery is a free tool that requires root access to recover saved passwords in your Android smartphone. You can use this tool to backup all your WiFi passwords on your device.

1. You need to download & install the WiFi Password Recovery app on your rooted Android smartphone.

2. After you install it, you need to grant the Root Permissions.

3. Now you can see all your saved WiFi passwords listed with SSID Name and Pass. If you want to copy the password, tap on the network and select “Copy password to clipboard.”

That’s it; you are done! This is the easiest way to know saved WiFi passwords in your Android smartphone.

4. Using ADB

Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is just like CMD for Windows. ADB is a versatile tool that allows users to manage the state of an emulator instance or Android-powered device. Through ADB, you can execute commands through the computer to your Android device to perform sets of tasks. Here’s how you can use ADB commands to view saved WiFi passwords on Android.

1. First, download the Android SDK Package on your Windows computer and install it.

2. Next, enable the USB Debugging on your Android device and connect it with the computer via a USB Cable.

3. Next, head to the folder where you have installed Android SDK Platform Tools. Now on your computer download & install ADB drivers

4. Now on the same folder, hold the Shift key and right-click inside the folder. Click on the ‘Open Command Windows Here’

5. To check whether the ADB is working or not, enter the ‘adb devices’ command. It will list the connected device.

6. Next enter 'adb pull /data/misc/wifi/wpa_supplicant.conf c:/wpa_supplicant.conf' and press Enter.

That’s it; you are done! Now you will find the wpa_supplicant.conf file in the Platform-tools folder. You can open the file in Notepad to view all saved SSID and passwords.

In the future, you might 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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