Most of the time, we forget the passwords we use infrequently. An annoying feature of Android devices is that they will not be able to display Wi-Fi passwords once they are connected and, therefore, will make it difficult to reconnect or add a different device to the network. Here are some simple steps that can display Wi-Fi password on Android devices.
Using the Android File Explorer ES
Almost all Android devices come with this pre-installed application, which is quite convenient. This is probably the easiest way to get your Wi-Fi password to share with friends or anything.
- Simply navigate to the application on your phone and open it. If the phone does not come with the application already installed, log in to Google Play, download and install a compatible version of the application.
- Scroll down in the menu panel and, generally, near the bottom there is a local storage option and click on it. A drop-down menu will appear, click on the ‘Device option and it will open more options.
- Find a folder that says ‘System’ and select it to see more options. Within the system folder, there should be a subfolder marked ‘etc.’, click on that.
- Inside the subfolder is the Wi-Fi data folder addressed, open it to see its contents. There is a file inside the Wi-Fi folder called wpa_supplicant.conf , select to open it.
- On some devices, a pop-up window will appear asking how the user wants to open the selected file. In this case, you can use the default HTML or TEXT file reader.
- Within the file, there will be details of all Wi-Fi connections that the device has made, including passwords or passwords.
This method is an alternative for Android devices that do not show Wi-Fi details in the ES file browser.
However, it is important to note that this method is only possible in “rooted” devices that allow access and modifications of administrators.
This is because some manufacturers prefer to avoid tampering with device settings, which is actually a security feature for the user to protect their device. If the device is rooted, however, administrator access is possible.
- Navigate to the ES File Explorer and open the data folder.
- Inside of that, it finds the folder ‘miscellanea’ and inside her, there is a subfolder called Wi-Fi that stores the data of connectivity.
- Once again, open the conffile for Wi-Fi details.
Applications to display Wi-Fi password on Android
However, there is a much less complicated way to recover Wi-Fi passwords. In this modern day of technological errors, there is an application for every action that can be performed on a device and the recovery of the password is definitely no exception.
Simply get an application from your trusted online store or share it with friends and install it. Most applications come with a very easy-to-use interface and can recover passwords with just a few keystrokes.
Make sure the application is really from a reliable source and read the revisions to get an idea before installation.
Also, keep in mind that these applications consume a large amount of memory and may not actually be technically legal for use in some areas. Further,
For all methods, the desired network can be searched by name and the details of the security keys.
Do not edit any details in the wpa_supplicant.conf file or else there will be problems with connectivity in any other saved network. Hopefully, the network key would have remained unchanged and, therefore, would have given access to the network once again.