You’ve probably used your Android phone to connect to hundreds — maybe even thousands — of different Wi-Fi networks during its lifetime.
At the airport, coffee shops, local gyms, your school, work, home, friends and family’s places, the list goes on.
Every time you entered a password for those networks your phone saved it so that you could quickly connect in the future.
But what if you want one of those passwords to connect additional devices? What if you need to reference them, or for some reason cannot remember what the password is? Easy, you can just look at your phone to see what it is, right?
Wrong. You cannot view saved WiFi passwords on your device. At least not without a little tinkering.
With a little ingenuity — and the help of a unique app — you can make it happen. Before diving in, however, it’s important to note that this cannot be done without root access. You must have root access on your phone before even attempting this.
If you own a Samsung device, here’s an excellent guide that shows you how to do it.
How to View Passwords for Saved WiFi Networks on Android
To begin, install WiFi Key Recovery on your device. Once that’s done, you can get to the real work.
- Open WiFi Key Recovery and Grant access. Immediately you’ll be asked to grant Superuser access. Do so by tapping on the Grant button.
- The main menu of the app will open and you’ll see a list populated with all the WiFi networks you’ve ever connected to.
- SSID is the name of the network, usually given by its administrator
- PSK is the password displayed in plain text
- Key Mgmt is the type of security used for the network (WPA-PSK, WPA2, etc)
That’s it. The rest is fairly straightforward, and once you have the full list of WiFi history you should be able to find the password you need.
Additional Tips for Using WiFi Key Recovery
Here are some quick tips for using the app, which may or may not help you during your search:
- If the list is long you can search for a particular network using the search bar at the top of the screen. It’s best to search for the SSID, obviously.
- If you need to share a password, there’s an easy way to do so besides manually writing it down. Tap on an entry in the list and a context menu will appear. Tap on the Copy Password option to copy just the password or Copy All to copy the entire entry to the clipboard. You can then use Android’s built-in share function to send the information to the device you need.
- If you want to store password or network information for any reason, tap the menu button in the bottom right (three vertical dots) and choose Export. The app will generate a separate text file that includes the details of the selected entry. You can share the file as you would any other.
- Alternatively, you can take a screenshot of the information you need by holding the Power+Volume Down button of your device simultaneously. You can then share the captured image using email, messaging, or another app.
The WiFi Key Recovery app works wonders, so long as you have root access on your device. Unfortunately, there’s no way to achieve this without root.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help.