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Apr 09, 2013

How to see WiFi passwords on an Android phone?

I have a friend who can't remember her WiFi password and didn't write it down anywhere. I have it stored on my Android phone (Galaxy S2), but of course all I can see is ***************. Is there a way to see the actual alphanumeric characters so I can help her recover the password (and get some helpful guy points)?

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Best answer
04/10/2013

Unless you are rooted, I don't know of any way to do it.  If you are rooted, or are willing to root your Galaxy for those nice guy points, you should be able to use a file manager (ASTRO, Root Browser, etc.) to find it. 

 

Use the file manager to locate your data/misc/file folder, then look for wpa_supplicant.conf, or I assume it could be wep_supplicant.conf if her network is using WEP instead of WPA. Open the .conf file using a text editor (which is probably built into your file manager application, if not, add that to your shopping list). You should be able to read the password in plain text at that point, and start enjoying your new minor league hero status. 

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It is quite easy than you have ever thought. Each phone has the access to ASD and you just need to activate it at developers settings. Just pull with ABS the file: /data/misc/wifi/ wpa_supplicant.conf on your PC.

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cordonbleu.wifipasswor...

 

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This might sound a lil off topic but may turn out a very simplistic way as u said ur friend has configured that WiFi on her device. Rather than getting it from ur smart phone via rooting ur Android u can simply find it from ur modem.

Here is how? From the mobile phone which has got access to this n/w go to URL 192.168.1.1 to open modem configuration. This will ask u for user/password. Login with admin/admin (thats default login of most of the modems). Goto LAN -- wireless and there u can see the password.

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This article might be useful.

How To View Passwords For Wi-Fi Access Points Saved On Your Android Device
http://www.addictivetips.com/mobile/how-to-view-passwords-for-wi-fi-acce...

"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.

Albeit through a counter-intuitive way, the app can help you with finding passwords of your Wi-Fi access points, old or new. 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, or you may simply take a look at our comprehensive compilation of Android root guides to see if your device is listed there or not, and if it is, how to gain root access on it."
w
Best answer
04/10/2013

Unless you are rooted, I don't know of any way to do it.  If you are rooted, or are willing to root your Galaxy for those nice guy points, you should be able to use a file manager (ASTRO, Root Browser, etc.) to find it. 

 

Use the file manager to locate your data/misc/file folder, then look for wpa_supplicant.conf, or I assume it could be wep_supplicant.conf if her network is using WEP instead of WPA. Open the .conf file using a text editor (which is probably built into your file manager application, if not, add that to your shopping list). You should be able to read the password in plain text at that point, and start enjoying your new minor league hero status. 

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