How to Find Wi-Fi Password on Android

Android phones offer a lot of unique features. However, sometimes, the reason people do not love android devices is because they lack some basic features. For example, you cannot display the password of a saved Wi-Fi network. This is usually not possible without root access on your device. But the good news is there is a workaround for this problem. Today, we will try to answer the question how to find Wi-Fi password on Android. Our step by step guide, and the applications we recommend will help you how to find Wi-Fi password on Android phone. Let's get started.

Part 1: How to View Saved Passwords on Android Manually

For the first option, we will talk about two apps that help you find Wi-Fi password Android. Those are ES File Explorer, which does not require root access, and the File Explorer App, which does require root access.

Way 1. Using ES File Explorer

You need to install the app on the device before usage. This is not the traditional file explorer. Once you install the app, we can start the process.

  • Find Data

    Move to the root folder in ES File Explorer. Locate the directory called data. Go to data > misc > wifi folder, to find a name called "wpa_supplicant.conf". Tap on this file. Make sure you have the built in text/HTML viewer for the task.

    es file data
  • See the password

    Once you open the file, you will see the network SSID and the password net to it. Search for the network you want/need. Just make sure not to edit the file, as you might have problems with Wi-Fi connectivity if you do that.

    es file password

Way 2. Using File Explorer App

This option is only available if you have root access. When you have root access, the steps are actually more easy and reliable. The default file explorer app does not allow you to view system level files. Therefore, it is better to use the ES File Explorer with root access. Again, go to the Data > Misc > WifiSection. Open the "wpa_supplicant.conf" file, and navigate to the network section. Find the network you want/need, and retrieve the password.

Part 2: How to View and Find Saved Passwords on Android with App

There are two applications that you can use to view and find saved password on your app.  The first one is Wifi Password Recovery, while the other is WiFi Key Recovery. We will explain step by step guides for both apps. But first, let's talk what the apps can do.

1. Wifi Key Recovery

The application is compatible with all devices. But you need to understand this is not a hacking application. Instead, it is an app that will help you recover password on a device you have connected once in the past. You can then share the password via a message or a QR code. You can also use the app to backup or restore your current Wi-Fi. Important notice, the apps works only on rooted device. Here is a step by step guide how to use the app.

  • Launch app

    The first step is the simplest one, and requires you to launch the app to start looking for the password.

    wifi key recovery step 1
  • Select password

    Select the password you want to recover. Click on the password, and the app will give you three options, including copy password, show all, and show QR code.

    wifi key recovery step 2
  • See the password

    Once you select an option, the app will display the password of the devices you selected. If you click show all, it will show the passwords of all the networks you once connected.

    wifi key recovery step 3

2. Wifi Password Recovery

This app helps you retrieve password for Wifi networks near area and surrounding area. Words of warning: do not use the application to connect to other networks without a consent. That would be a crime, and you do not want that. The app requires you to download the dictionary of WiFi passwords, which will eat about 60 megabytes of your memory storage. Once you do that, the app has all the information it needs to get you the password. Routers from several brands and protocols are included in the compatibility list. And while it can give you password for most networks, it will not work for all. But essentially, it will help you get the password for a WiFi network in a pretty easy way. Here is how to do it.

  • Import Data

    Launch the application on your device. Click on the option "Import Data". There are two options for doing this.

    wifi recovery import data

    The first option is by importing the TCPDUMP file, which you will need to use 3rd party software to get the WPA capture files. This option helps you attack the network password.

    wifi recovery first option

    Another option is to add the WPAPSK hash manually. Do this if you have SSID and the WPA-PSK password hash. You will be able to manually decrypt the password.

    wifi recovery second option
  • Start the attack

    Once you load the file into the software, you can start the attack on the desired WiFi network. There are five different types of attack you can use.

    wifi recovery attack

    The first option is the most common one. It is also the most recommended option, called dictionary attack. Basically, you import an integrated dictionary. You can press "Add" to add a dictionary file, or "remove" to remove selected ones. You can also exclude some options, like checking "ignore password if it is shorter than 8 or longer than 64 characters".

    wifi recovery dictonary

    The second option is word attack, which basically tries all the possible variations of a given word. It applies even more mutation than the one in dictionary attack.

    wifi recovery word

    If you can remember part of the password, or you assume what is part of the password, the Mask attack is best option. You can define the mask in Attack Settings. Basically, if you know the first three letters of the password, you enter those, and use question marks for remaining letters. For example, if the password is 9 letters long, and you know it starts with cho, enter "cho??????".

    wifi recovery mask

    The combination attack generates all possible two-word combinations from the dictionaries. You can also select dictionaries in the fields, set more options for lower and upper combination, perform extra mutations, and set word delimiters.

    wifi recovery combined

    The variation of the combination attack is called hybrid attack. Similar to the combination, the difference is all the mutations are set by the user.

    wifi recovery hybrid
  • Save password

    The last step is to save and recover WiFi passwords. The tool will present the password recovery, including dictionary, time, speed, password, and processor load. Once the recovery is successful, your password information will be saved in the Successful.txt, a file you can find in the directory of executive program. The file contains the SSID, Hash number, and password.

    wifi recovery save

Bonus Tips: How to Find Wi-Fi Password on iPhone/iPad

If unfortunately, your smart phone is iPhone or your used tablet is iPad, then I strongly recommend Tenorshare 4uKey - Password Manager to help you find Wi-Fi password in Apple device. With this powerful iOS password finder installed to your Windows/Mac computer, there's no worries about forgetting Wi-Fi network password.

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As you can see, most of the apps for viewing Wi-Fi passwords are ones that help you see the password of a network you already connected. If you are a frequent regular to a certain restaurant or cafe, chances are you have the password saved. But what happens if your friends come and they want to use the Wi-Fi. Well, you can always ask the barista, but sometimes, you do not want to bother him/her. That is when these applications that come in the form of Wi-Fi password for Android come in handy. You should never use them to hack a Wi-Fi network.

  Updated on 2020-01-14 / Update for  Wi-Fi Password

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