First Method: Using Apps
1. Using File Managers
Step 1. First of all, you need a file explorer that gives you the read access to the root folder. If your default File manager doesn’t give you the read access to the root folder, then you can install Root Explorer or Super Manager which will grant superuser permission to you to access the system folder
Step 1. Go to data/misc/wifi folder, and you will find a file named wpa_supplicant.conf.
Step 2. Open the file and make sure to open the file in a built-in text/HTML viewer for the task. Now in this file, you will be able to see the network SSID and their passwords next to it.
Now note down the network name and its password. In this way, you will be able to view all saved WiFi passwords on the Android device.
Note: Please do not edit anything in wpa_supplicant.conf as it can alter your device working or it will have the effect on your Wifi connectivity.
2. ES File Explorer
Step 1. Download and Install ES File Explorer App on your Android device and open the app.
Step 2. Now you need to enable the “Root Explorer” option in ES File Explorer.
Step 3. Now you need to move to the Root folder in ES File Explorer, and you need to find a directory called “Data.”
Step 4. Now under the “Data”, you need to locate the folder “Misc”
Step 5. Now under the WiFi folder, you need to locate the file with name wpa_supplicant.conf. Simply open the file with ES File Explorer’s built-in text/HTML viewer.
Step 6. Now you can see all your SSID (network name) along with PSK (Password) next to it and close the file.
That’s it! You are done, this is how you can find saved WiFi password using ES file explorer.
Well, just like ES File Explorer there is plenty of other third-party file manager app available for Android that can be used to access the root directories. Below, we are going to list down 2 best file explorer apps like ES File Manager that can be used to open the wpa_supplicant.conf file to view saved wifi password.
1. Root Browser
Root Browser is one of the best and full-fledged file manager and root browser app available on the Google Play Store. The best thing about Root Browser is that it allows users to access the root directories. Not just that, but Root Browser also includes an SQLite Database Editor, APK Analyzer, multi-pane navigation and much more. So, Root Browser is another best file explorer app that can be used to view saved wifi passwords.
X-plore File Manager is one of the best and most advanced file explorer app available on the Google Play Store. To edit the wpa_supplicant.conf file, you need to have a rooted Android device. Some of the advanced features of the X-plore File Manager includes Root, FTP, SMB1, SMB2, SQLite, etc. Not just that, but X-plore File Manager also supports SSH file transfer and SSH shell.
2nd Method: Using Wifi Password Recovery (Root)
Wifi Password Recovery is a free tool that requires root access to recover saved passwords in your Android smartphone. You can use this tool to backup all your wifi passwords on your device
Wifi Password Recovery Features:
- LIST, BACKUP & RESTORE all network’s (WiFi) password saved on your device!
- Show SSID and Password on fullscreen (for easy viewing and sharing with others)
- Copy WiFi Password to Clipboard (to be able to paste anywhere)
- Show QR Code (to another device scan and access the network)
- Share password through SMS or Email
How To Use Wifi Password Recovery?
Step 1. You need to download Wifi Password Recovery app on your rooted Android smartphone.
Step 2. After you installed it, you need to grant the Root Permissions.
Step 3. Now you can see all your saved wifi passwords listed with SSID Name and Pass. If you want to copy the password just tap on the network and then select “Copy password to clipboard.”
That’s it you are done! This is the easiest way to know saved WiFi passwords in your Android smartphone.
3rd Method: By ADB Commands
Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is just like CMD for Windows. ADB is a versatile tool that allows users to manage the state of an emulator instance or Android-powered device. Through ADB, you can execute commands through the computer to your Android device to perform sets of tasks. Here’s how you can use ADB commands to view saved WiFi Password on Android.
Step 1. First of all, download the Android SDK Package on your Windows computer and install the .ext file.
Step 2. Next, enable the USB Debugging on your Android device and connect it with the computer via USB Cable.
Step 3. Next, head to the folder where you have installed Android SDK Platform Tools. Now on your computer download & install ADB drivers from adbdriver.com
Step 4. Now from the same folder hold the Shift key and right-click inside the folder. Click on the ‘Open Command Windows Here’
Step 5. To check whether the ADB is working or not, enter the ‘ADB devices’ command. It will list the connected device.
Step 6. Next enter ‘adb pull /data/misc/wifi/wpa_supplicant.conf c:/wpa_supplicant.conf’ and press Enter.