WiFi passwords are notoriously easy to forget. Since you don’t get into the habit of typing it every time you need to connect to the network, your brain doesn’t register the WiFi password the same way as your phone’s PIN. The problem only arises when you need to share the password with someone else. It can be a little embarrassing to forget your home WiFi network‘s password, something that is paired with all the smart devices in your house. To avoid this situation, here are the top 5 ways to view saved WiFi passwords on any Android phone.
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View the saved WiFi password on a Samsung phone
Samsung smartphones don’t let you view the WiFi password of the network you are connected to, but you can share it with another device using a QR code. To view the password, all you need to do is scan the QR code on your phone. This trick works for most Android devices that do not let you view the WiFi password directly. Here’s how you can go about it.
Step 1: Go to Settings and select ‘Connections’.
Step 2: Select WiFi and tap on the gear icon next to the WiFi network you’re connected to.
Step 3: From the bottom menu select ‘QR Code’ and take a screenshot or select ‘Save as image’.
Step 4: Download a QR code scanner app and load the screenshot to read it.
Step 5: You will be able to see the WiFi password. Look for it below the WiFi network name and WPA security tag.
View the saved WiFi password on a Xiaomi device
Step 1: Go to Settings.
Step 2: Select WiFi and tap on the active WiFi network to share its password.
Step 3: Take a screenshot of the QR code.
Step 4: Install any QR Code Scanner app on your device.
Step 5: Launch the app and select the option to scan a QR Code from your device’s gallery.
Step 6: Select the image containing the QR code.
Step 7: The app will scan the QR code and show you the password.
View the saved WiFi password on Google Pixel (Stock Android)
Google Pixel smartphones and other devices running stock Android let you view the WiFi directly from settings. Here’s how you can look for it.
Step 1: Go to Settings and select ‘Network and Internet’.
Step 2: Tap on Internet and select the WiFi network you’re connected to.
Step 3: Select Share and type in the pin or scan your fingerprint for verification.
Step 4: The WiFi password will be displayed just below the QR Code.
View the saved WiFi password on a OnePlus smartphone
Step 1: Go to Settings and select WiFi.
Step 2: Tap on the active WiFi network.
Step 3: Select Share.
Step 4: Verify your identity by entering the phone’s PIN or scanning your fingerprint.
Step 5: The WiFi password will be listed above the QR code.
Use a third-party app (on a rooted phone)
Devices running Android 9 or older do not let you view or share the password of any saved WiFi network. The only way you can extract the WiFi password of any network is by rooting the device. For a complete guide on rooting your Android smartphone, check out this article. Once your phone has been rooted, you can view the saved WiFi password using a File Explorer app. Simply launch the app and head over to data/misc/wifi and open wpa_supplicant.conf. The WiFi password will be listed next to ‘psk’.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I view the saved WiFi password on my Android phone?
Smartphones running the stock Android OS (like Google Pixel) let you view the WiFi password on your device. Simply go to Settings>Network and Internet>Internet and the gear icon next to the connected network. Select ‘Share’ to view the network’s password.
Can I view the saved WiFi password on my old Android phone?
Older Android smartphones do not let you view the WiFi password unless they have been rooted. On a rooted smartphone, you can simply use the file explorer to go to data/misc/wifi and open wpa_supplicant.conf to see the WiFi password.
How do I view the WiFi password on my Samsung smartphone?
Samsung smartphones do not let you directly view the password, but give you the option to share it with other devices as a QR code. You can save this QR code on your phone itself and scan it using a QR scanner app to reveal the password.
These are the top 5 ways to view the saved WiFi password on any Android phone. Since every smartphone running Android 10 or above lets you share the WiFi using a QR code, you won’t need root access to the device in order to view the network credentials. If you want to connect to the network using another device, simply go to Settings>Connections>WiFi and select the QR scanner option.
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