How to find out passwords for Wi-Fi networks registered on your mobile
You might have found yourself looking to get the password for an old wireless network you have previously registered on your Android mobile. This might happen if the person that knows the Wi-Fi password is not at the place if they gave you the password for a particular reason but are not willing to give it to you once again, or any other reason.
While finding out a registered Wi-Fi network’s password is quite easy on computers, this is not always the case on Android devices, varying with the version of the OS. If you are reading this right now, don’t worry, there is a way to find the password on any Android version, here we will teach you the method be it that you have Android 10, 9, 6, or even a lower version.
Stock Android 10.0 or superior
If you have a stock version of Android 10.0 or a superior version of the OS, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Finding out the password for a Wi-Fi network is extremely easy for any of the devices with this Android version installed. To find out the password, just follow these instructions:
- Go to your settings.
- Open the Wi-Fi submenu.
- Tap the network for which you want to find out the password. It could be the network in current usage or any other Wi-Fi network.
- Tap the “Share” option.
- There it is. You will see a QR code that can be used to save that network on any other device, or you can just read the password under the QR code and write it down on the device you want to connect to the network.
(Modified) Android 10.0 or superior
Some Android devices, especially the Samsung Galaxy series, have a modified version of the OS. For these devices, the process to find out the Wi-Fi password of a network previously recorded can be slightly different. To find it out, you just need to follow these steps:
- Go to the Settings on your phone.
- Click the Connections
- Open the Wi-Fi
- Look up the network you want the password to, and tap on the cog for it.
- On the available options, hit the QR Code.
- If you have another phone to read the QR then use it, if not, save the image to your phone.
- Open the image with Google Lens.
- Read the password after Google Lens has translated the QR code, and that’s it.
Android 9 or lower versions (Rooted devices)
Before reaching Android 10, Google developers saved the Wi-Fi passwords in a protected directory and they didn’t design any method to allow users to access these passwords. If you have a rooted device, there are several apps that you can install to find out the password stored on your device.
One of the most popular apps to do this is called WiFi Password Viewer. This app will only work if your Android is rooted, however, it will let you find out instantaneously the password for a Wi-Fi network previously registered, and it even allows you to share it over a QR code.