Once you’ve connected to a Wi-Fi network, you may forget your password. You may need to find it to share it with a friend or colleague or use it to connect another device to the same network.
Your Android device remembers your password so you don’t have to; you just have to know how to find it later. If you don’t know how to find a Wi-Fi password on Android, you can try these steps.
These steps work for Android 10 and later, and may not work for other versions of Android.
How to find Wi-Fi passwords on Android devices
Due to Android fragmentation, no two Android devices are the same. Settings can vary, making it difficult to create a single guide for finding Wi-Fi passwords on Android, but the steps below should get you started.
If you have Android 10 or higher, open the Settings application on your device and press Network and Internet> Wi-Fi. On some devices this may appear as Wi-Fi and Network or similar.
Then press the gear icon next to the connected network.
Tap the button Share with the QR code icon. You will need to verify your device’s PIN, password, or fingerprint credentials to continue.
A QR code is generated for someone to scan it and connect to the Wi-Fi network. Below the QR code, you should see the password for the network.
How to find the Wi-Fi password on a Samsung Galaxy
Unfortunately, Samsung Galaxy smartphones running Android 10 and later will not display the Wi-Fi password below the QR code when you try the steps above.
Instead, you will have to share the QR code itself to allow other devices to connect to the same network. You can also use a QR code reader app to remove the password from the QR code.
To do this, open your application Settings and touch Connections> Wi-Fi.
On the menu Wifi, Press the gear icon next to the connected network.
At the bottom, tap the icon of the QR code to display the Wi-Fi QR code. This will allow you (or someone else) to connect to the same Wi-Fi network automatically.
You will have the option to share the QR code through a link, an email or the function Nearby Share (if your device supports it).
How to extract the Wi-Fi password from a Samsung QR code
Once you’ve shared or copied the QR code, you can use a QR code scanning app to copy the password from it. If you need to know the password, take a screenshot of the QR code that you created by following the steps above.
For example, if you use the application Trend Micro QR Scanner, tap the QR code icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
Next, select the screenshot that contains the Wi-Fi QR code you created.
The app will decode the QR code and display the password of the connected Wi-Fi network in the box. Code data. Other QR code decoding apps will work similarly.
How to get Wi-Fi passwords on devices running Android 9 or lower
If you have Android 9 or earlier and want to try to recover your Wi-Fi password, our advice is not to try. Save the passwords you use in a password manager so that if you need to use them again, you can access them safely without putting your personal data at risk.
There are several reasons for this. First of all, recovering the Wi-Fi password on devices with Android 9 or lower is more complicated. It requires you to root your phone, which is not something we would recommend to beginners or casual users.
Even if you root your phone, you have to give the Wi-Fi password recovery apps the highest permission levels. That gives them access to everything on your phone, which raises obvious security concerns.
If you know how to root your phone, chances are you already know how to find your Wi-Fi passwords anyway. If you are an inexperienced user, you should know what it means to grant an application full root access to your phone. Unfortunately, not all apps on the Google Play Store have a good reputation when it comes to root access.
If you want to find a Wi-Fi password on Android, the steps above should get you started (as long as you’re running Android 10 or later). If you’re running an older version of Android, we recommend that you try other steps, including checking the back of your local network router for the default password.