How To See Wi-Fi password On Android

Learn how to access your network’s password on an Android phone with a few simple steps

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We’ve all experienced forgetting our Wi-Fi passwords, and that feeling of panic when you can’t find that little paper you scribbled it down on is something we all know well.

Whether you’ve forgotten your Wi-Fi password, or someone desperately needs to connect to your Wi-Fi network, being able to see the Wi-Fi password of the network you are connected to is very important.

Luckily, Android 10 phones, and those above it, have a pretty simple way that you can view Wi-Fi passwords.


How To See Wi-Fi Password On Android

Accessing the Wi-Fi password that your Android phone is already connected to is pretty simple, and this article is going to show you how through some simple steps.



Network & Internet

Begin by accessing your settings on your phone, and tap on ‘Network & Internet’.



Select Wi-Fi

After this, select ‘Wi-Fi’ and tap on the network that will give you access to the password you need to see.



Select Share

Once you’ve selected the right network, tap on the gear icon that is next to the network, and select ‘share’.



Use Face Recognition, Your Fingerprint, Or A Passcode

You will then be asked to verify that it is you trying to access this password. You will either need to use face recognition, your fingerprint, or a passcode



Wi-Fi Password Will Appear

Once you have verified your identity, the Wi-Fi password will appear beneath the QR code.

It is important to note that you, and others, can also connect to this Wi-Fi network by scanning the QR code.

To do this, simply open up your camera, hold it in front of the QR code, and you should be able to connect!

How To See Wi-Fi On Older Android Devices

Viewing Wi-Fi passwords on Android devices that are older than series 10 is trickier, but still doable.

In order to do this, your device needs to be rooted, as Wi-Fi passwords are protected in your phone’s storage, so you can’t view them unless you are rooted.

If you are rooting your phone, you must ensure you are following instructions carefully in order to avoid damaging your phone.

Once rooted, you can use an app that allows root browsing, and go to ‘data/misc/Wi-Fi. From here, you can open ‘wpa_supplicant.conf’ and you should be able to access your network’s password.

Another way you can do this is by using a Wi-Fi password viewer app for Android devices.


Router Admin Page

Another way you can access your network’s password is through the router’s admin page. Please note, that this can only be done if no one has changed the password since it was installed.

Below are the steps on how to see Wi-Fi password on router admin page. 



Wi-Fi Network Settings

You should begin by accessing your Wi-Fi network settings on your Android device through the same steps as the first method mentioned above in this article.



Select Advanced

Then, select ‘Advanced’, and you will be able to see the IP address belonging to your router under the network details.



Log Into The Router With A Username And Password

Once you’ve found the IP address, type it into your browser, in the search bar, and you will be asked to log into the router with a username and password. These are the ones you used when setting up the router.




Once you are logged in, you should be able to see the Wi-Fi password under ‘settings’, or ‘Network’.

Each router will have different steps for finding the password, so this may involve some searching and trial and error.

Final Thoughts

Those with Android phones that are series 10 and above should have no issue accessing Wi-Fi passwords through the steps outlined in this article.

Unfortunately, those with older phones will need more time to do this, but it is still doable.

However, it is always best to keep your Wi-Fi password written down and kept somewhere where it is easily accessible.

Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.