How to view Wi-Fi password on Android

Sometimes it may be necessary to find out the password of the connected Wi-Fi network on your Android phone to connect another smartphone, laptop or other device. And if it is very easy to do it on a computer, with Android without root it is more complicated.

This tutorial details the possible methods to view the password of the Wi-Fi network on Android phones of different versions, even without root access. It may also be useful: How to see the Wi-Fi password in Windows 10, 8.1 and Windows 7, How to know the Wi-Fi password in Mac OS.

How to view your Wi-Fi password on Android 10 and newer

Android 10 has a new feature: the ability to generate a QR code that can be scanned by another phone to connect to Wi-Fi. By reading this code, in its content we can easily see the password of the connected Wi-Fi network.

The steps will be as follows (the example is given for pure Android, but it is almost exactly the same for Samsung, for example):

  1. Go to Settings - Network and Internet - Wi-Fi (Settings - Connections - Wi-Fi in the case of Samsung Galaxy) and press the settings button to the right of the name of the active connection.
  2. Tap the "Share" or "QR Code" button to generate a code to connect to the current Wi-Fi network.
  3. If you have a "pure" Android, you will see the Wi-Fi password just below the QR code. It's not showing up on your Samsung phone, but we can still find out.
  4. You can use this code by scanning it from another Android 10 device (there is a button to scan the code in the network list in the Wi-Fi settings, the same button appears in the password input window), or you can use it to view the password saved in it.
  5. If we want to know the password from the code, just remove it with an application with a QR code reading function, or take a screenshot (normally you have to press the buttons «volume down» + «turn off screen»), and then recognize it With any QR code reader, it can also be done online.
  6. For example, in the screenshot below, I went to the online QR code reader zxing.org, I uploaded the screenshot I took to it and as a result I can see the network name, encryption type, and password in plain text.

How to find out Android Wi-Fi password without root access

Unfortunately, there are no built-in features in early Android versions that allow viewing of Wi-Fi passwords without root access, but we can use the following approach:

  1. Go from your Android phone to the router settings, to do this with an active Wi-Fi network normally you just have to type in the address bar 192.168.1.1 o 192.168.0.1 if the first address does not open. Enter the administrator username and password (the standard username and password are usually found on the sticker on the bottom of the Wi-Fi router).
  2. In router settings, go to Wi-Fi security settings.
  3. View the set Wi-Fi password (network key).

For more details on the sign-in process and where the Wi-Fi settings are located, see How to change the Wi-Fi password in the instructions (the instructions are written for a computer, but the gist remains the same when accessed from the phone).

View saved Wi-Fi passwords when you have root access

If your Android phone has root access, you will find a ton of apps in the Play Market that will allow you to easily see the passwords for all saved Wi-Fi networks, not just the one you are currently connected to.

These applications include WiFi Password Recovery (shown in the screenshot), WiFi Password Key Show, and many others available for free on the Play Market. The not so high ratings of these applications are due to the fact that many have not read that root rights are required, and some users expect them to show the passwords of other networks, which these utilities do not do.

Video Tutorial

I hope you did everything right, that you knew your Wi-Fi password, and that you were able to connect your new device to your wireless network.