Chances are you’re using Wi-Fi Internet to read this article. While ethernet cables still have their place, they are losing traction in an increasingly wireless world. A lot of devices also have Wi-Fi passwords. If you’d like to share a Wi-Fi but can’t remember it, don’t worry. Our handy guide will show how to see Wi-Fi passwords on Android in a moment.
More often than not, you may not need to view your Wi-Fi passwords as all known networks will automatically connect within their coverage area. However, if you want to connect an extra device and don’t have quick share, or your friend needs to connect to your router, finding your password becomes necessary. You’ve likely changed it from the rather complicated default password you were given so that the router box won’t help. There are various ways to do this, depending on the version of Android you’re running and what phone you’re using.
How to see Wi-Fi Password on Android: Step-by-Step
Let’s get into the simplest way to view your Wi-Fi password. Simply follow the steps below.
Step 1: Go to Your Settings
First, open the “Settings” menu on your phone. This will either be on the home screen or in your apps’ drawer. You can access these by swiping up on the home screen.
Step 2: Navigate to Wi-Fi Settings
Next, you’ll want to tap “Wi-Fi” or “Connections” and then “Wi-Fi,” depending on your model.
Step 3: Access Settings for the Wi-Fi Network
Tap the cog icon next to the desired network. You’ll be directed to the menu for that specific network.
Step 4: View QR Code
Here, you can tap “Share” or “QR Code” along the bottom to bring up a QR code, which you can scan with another device to connect to the network automatically. The password maybe visible underneath the code if you’re using a Google Pixel phone. Otherwise, the text password won’t be visible. So, you’ll need to carry out a few extra steps.
Step 5: Save the QR Code
To see the password, you’ll need to tap “Save as image” to download an image of the QR code to your phone’s gallery.
Step 6: View Wi-Fi Password
If you have Google Photos installed, simply open the app and locate your image. Then, tap the “Lens” button along the bottom to scan the image. Your Wi-Fi password will appear as text underneath the image. If you haven’t installed Google Photos, open the Google app and tap the camera icon at the top right corner. After this, find your image and tap on it to reveal the password.
Check out this informative video guide that walks you through the steps to uncover and view Wi-Fi passwords on your Android phone. Don’t get stuck searching for that elusive password – watch the video to simplify the process!
How to See Wi-Fi Password on Android 9 or Older
Not many people have Android 9 or older versions on their devices, but in case you do, the process is a little different. This is because these phones can’t generate their own QR codes. However, if you’ve received a QR code from someone else, you can scan it using the Google Photos apps just as before. You could also send an image of the QR code to the device you want to connect to Wi-Fi.
If this isn’t an option for you, you can try rooting to gain access to your device’s operating system. This involves modifying your device’s software and obtaining more privileges that most users have. And it does come with its own risks. You could end up voiding your device’s warranty or making it more susceptible to outside attacks. If you’re going to try this method, be sure to back up all of your data first as a precaution. You’ll also need to enable USB debugging from your settings menu and download a third-party rooting tool. Some good examples are Magisk, SuperSU, and KingRoot.
Securing Your Wi-Fi Password
After accessing your Wi-Fi password, the next thing you want to do is secure it. Just because you forgot the password doesn’t mean a hacker will. Generally, it’s a good idea for your password to be at least 8 characters long and contain a mix of alphabetical, numerical, and special characters (i.e. !, @, &). A simple way to create secure passwords and store them for viewing is to use a password manager. Google has a free password manager that’s easy to set up. It also suggesta passwords for any sites you visit, saving you a headache and giving you peace of mind.
Viewing your Wi-Fi passwords on Android is pretty simple. You can view your password from the network or Internet submenu, or a scannable QR code via Google app, if your device is running Android 9 or older. If you’re unable to view your password, you can root your device, but first, make sure to back up your data.
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