With multiple Wi-Fi access points saved on your Android device, it is quite normal to forget the security key to a certain network. This article presents a small, handy work-around for the rare instance where you need to view a forgotten password. For instance, your friend needs to connect to the Wi-Fi network you’re currently using on your Android device, he or she asks you for the security key but you just can’t remember it. What do you do? Read on after the jump to find out.
This method requires your device to have root access. If it doesn’t, type “root devicename” in the search bar above to gain root access on your device using one of our own guides.
Also, you’ll need a file explorer that gives you read access to root-level documents. Root Explorer and Super Manager (Professional Edition) includes said feature.
- Navigate to the root directory /data/misc/wifi. If your file explorer opens the SD card (/mnt/sdcard) directory by default, press back twice to open the root directory, then navigate to the mentioned path.
- Open the document wpa_supplicant.conf. If you’re using Root Explorer, simply tap the file to open it in a text viewer or hold it (long tap) to open its context menu and select View as text to do the same.
- From within said file, you can view all your saved Wi-Fi access points along with their passwords. Look under the SSID (Access Point Name) of the Wi-Fi network whose password you need to view. The password is written within quotes in the line that says psk=”password”.