How to View Saved WiFi Passwords on Android (Rooted devices)

Ever connected to a WiFi network on your Android device but forgot the network’s password later on? Well, we have all been there. We mostly don’t pay heed to the WiFi passwords because we are already connected and we don’t think we would ever need it again. Well, we couldn’t have been more wrong. There are times when we need the WiFi password to troubleshoot problems in the network, plus what if you want to share the WiFi password with your friend. Some people believe in noting down passwords but why do so, when you can view saved WiFi passwords easily on Android.

Yes, you can do it but the catch here is that your device needs to be rooted. So, if you have an rooted Android smartphone or tablet, there are two ways to view saved WiFi passwords on Android:

Method 1: Via File Manager

1. For this method, you will need a file manager, which has root explorer capabilities. So, if you don’t have one, you can choose from the best file manager apps for Android. We used Root Browser, so you can use it too.

2. Open the file manager app and go to “data/misc/wifi” folder. If you have a root manager app like SuperSU installed, it will prompt you to grant the file manager root access when you open the data folder. Select “Grant” and navigate to the folder.

File Manager WiFi passwords folder

3. In the wifi folder, you’ll find a text file dubbed “wpa_supplicant.conf“. Open the file through a text editor app. Most file manager apps come with built-in text editor apps, so you should have no problems opening it. The file will feature the details of your current WiFi networks and the networks you’ve connected to the in the past in the following format:

ssid=”WiFi Network Name”

view saved WiFi password text file

Method 2: Via a third party app

Another way to view saved WiFi passwords on Android is through a third party app. You can find a lot of apps that bring the ability when you search for “WiFi Password Recover” in the Play Store. Most of them feature similar names and they work, so you can install any one of them. We tried the WiFi Password Recovery Pro app, which is available for free and works like a charm.

To view saved WiFi passwords, just open the app and grant the app superuser permission (if you have a root manager app installed). Once done, the app will list down all the WiFi networks you’ve ever connected to. You can then just tap on the network name to view its password. You can also tap on the password to copy it to the clipboard.

WiFi Password Recovery Pro App

SEE ALSO: How to View Saved WiFi Passwords in Windows 10

View saved WiFi passwords on Android with ease

That’s it folks! The conclusion is, if you have a rooted Android device, you can easily view saved WiFi passwords on your Android device. Sadly, there’s no such hack for non-rooted Android users as of now but you can be assured that we’ll let you know if something comes up. For now, rooted Android users, try out the aforementioned methods and let us know if you face any issues. Thanks for reading!

comment Comments 4
  • At that folder there is “WifiConfigStore.xml” named file in which extended info and permissions are added with wifi password you just need some patience to see through. And of course it is for those who might have the same problem as Peter discussed above and is saved in “/data/misc/wifi_share_profile” named as “backup.conf”

    Happy to share and extend knowledge.

  • First of all, thank you for the wonderful article. Very easy to understand and well layed out. I have recently rooted one of my devices, a Moto G5, and using Method 1 from your article, I managed to open the wpa_supplicant.conf file in a text editor.

    Unfortunately it looks nothing like what I am seeing in your article. Instead, this is what mine shows me

    config_methods=virtual_display virtual_push_button

    Please help if you can, and thanks again

  • Thank you for the precise information. This article helped me to recovery my wifi password stored in my android cellphone.

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