You’ve probably connected your Android device to dozens of Wi-Fi networks since you’ve had it. Also, your phone or tablet remembers each of them. Whether it’s a hotspot at home, school, work, a coffee shop, a relative’s apartment, each time you type in a Wi-Fi password, your Android device saves it for safekeeping and easy access later.
The trouble comes when you want to actually see the password for one of the networks you’ve connected to before.
Connect a second device to a saved wireless access point or log in with a friend using the same hotspot. If you cannot obtain the password from the source, check your Android phone or tablet’s settings, but the stored Wi-Fi network won’t display it in plain text.
It is possible to get the plain text password for the Wi-Fi network from your device’s settings, but it’s not apparent at first glance. If you have a phone or tablet with an Android skin, such as any Samsung Galaxy. Either way, it’s fairly easy to find saved Wi-Fi passwords on Android, but not as easy as Apple recently made it on iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.
Stock Android 10 to Android 13
Finding the plain text password for a stored Wi-Fi network is easiest on stock Android 10, Android 11, Android 12, and Android 13. No root is needed, and it doesn’t even require an extra app.
Google’s Pixel devices can run Android 10 or higher, with the Pixel 4 and newer models supporting Android 13, the lastest operating system update.
Android One is no longer in existence, but manufacturers like LG, Nokia, Motorola, and Xiaomi still adhere to Google’s requirements. Nokia X10 and X20 support Android 13, while others in 2020 or 2021 will likely have a maximum of Android 12.
- Open the Wi-Fi or Internet submenu in Settings.
- Tap the current network or select “Saved networks” and choose one.
- Tap “Share” below the network’s name.
- Authenticate yourself if you have device security set up.
- See the plain text password under the QR code.
First, visit the “Wi-Fi” submenu in your Settings app. Depending on your phone model and software, you can find it using one of these ways:
- Search for “wifi” in Settings, then tap the “Wi-Fi” result.
- Ask Google Assistant to “open Wi-Fi settings.”
- Long-press the Wi-Fi symbol in the Quick Settings.
- Go to Settings –> Network & internet –> Internet (pictured below).
- Network & internet –> Wi-Fi.
- Go to Settings –> Wi-Fi (on Android 11 only).