How to see the password of a Wi-Fi network on Android

This is the third time I have received an email asking us to share android tricks for power see the password of a wifi network on Android and although I have responded to each of them with the method that I use, I think it is a good time to take for granted a simple tutorial on how to perform this small but important procedure.

Requirements to see the password of a Wi-Fi network on Android

In order to see the password of a wifi network in Android we must have root permissions (learn here how root Android) on our device, it is also convenient to have a file manager installed such as ES File Explorer and any document editor. This procedure should work on any device and on any version of Android that meets the aforementioned conditions.

Procedure to see the password of a Wi-Fi network on Android

There are two ways to see the password of a wifi network on Android, the first is with an application specially designed for it and the second is by displaying the password in the Wi-Fi configuration file that all Android devices have.

Personally rI recommend not to install any application to see the password of a wifi network on Android, but let's do the traditional procedure that I detail below:

From our Android device with root privileges and using any file manager we are located in the directory /data/misc/wifi, in it you will find a file called wpa_supplicant.conf It contains the information of all the Wi-Fi networks to which you have connected, including their password. View said file in any editor and find the network for which you want to know the password, the ssid represents the name of the network and psk the password of it.

see the password of a wifi network on Android

The other simpler way but that I think is not necessary is that you install an application like WiFi PasswordWiFi Key RecoveryWiFi Password Recovery Pro among others, these applications will only ask you for root access and will list the stored networks with their respective passwords.

This small procedure is surely known by many of our readers, but I hope it will be very useful for those users who have the need to view the Wi-Fi passwords stored on their devices. The downside of the method is the need for root access (Although it is something that I recommend we all have, sometimes it is not possible), I do not know if there is any way to see the keys without root access, so I appreciate if anyone knows any way, leave it in the comments.


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  1.   Marcelo said

    Thanks very good, although I don't have root access, (yet) I always like to know techniques or tips on the subject.

  2.   Jesus said

    Thank you! It is always good to know how to know the pass.

  3.   Madoushi said

    You could also install Wifikeyshare (Use root) from Fdroid as a GUI alternative and it also allows us to generate QR codes to share Wi-Fi connections and even with NFC support

  4.   A. Vazquez said

    Suggestion: perhaps what many wanted to know was how to see the password for a Wi-Fi that they do not have stored on their device ... those Wi-Fi that they detect around them but that they cannot use because it asks them for a password they do not know.

    1.    Luxar said

      What has been stealing the neighbor's wifi, right?

      You are not smart or little ...

  5.   Geogebra said

    Do you know if there is any possibility of doing it from iPhone without having the device rooted? Thank you!

  6.   Zicoxy3 said

    I do not get the saved passwords, in fact nor the networks, just a text that I understand as some configuration and nothing else.
    It's a MotoG1, rooted obviously, with Fdroid's Amaze browser.