Most often, we forget the passwords that we rarely use. An annoying feature of Android devices is that they will not be able to display Wi-Fi passwords once connected, making it difficult to reconnect or add another device to the network. Here are a few simple steps that will help you avoid frustration and help recover a password on Android devices.
See also: How to get free Wi-Fi for Android wherever you are
How to display Wi-Fi passwords
Using the Android ES file explorer
Almost all Android devices come with this application preinstalled, which is very handy. This is probably the easiest way to get your Wi-Fi password for sharing with friends or anything.
- Just access the app on your phone and open it. If the phone does not come with the application already installed, launch yourself on Google Play, download and install a compatible version of the application.
- Scroll down the menu panel and usually near the bottom there is a local storage option and click on it. A drop down menu should appear, click on the 'Device' option and this will open more options.
- Find a folder that says "System" and select it for more options. In the system folder, there should be a sub-folder marked "etc.", click on it.
- In the sub-folder is the target Wi-Fi data folder, open it to display its content. There is a file in the Wi-Fi folder named wpa_supplicant.conf file, select it to open it.
- On some devices, a popup window will appear asking you how the user wants to open the selected file. In this case, the default HTML or TEXT file reader is OK to use.
- Inside the file you will find details of all Wi-Fi connections established by the device, including keys or passwords.
This method is an alternative for Android devices that do not display Wi-Fi details in the ES file explorer. It is however important to emphasize that this method is only possible on "rooted" devices which allow access and modifications for the administrator. This is due to the fact that some manufacturers prefer not to alter the configuration of the device, which is in fact a security function for the user in order to protect his device. If the device is rooted, administrator access is possible.
- Access the ES file explorer and open the data folder.
- inside it, look for the 'misc' folder. Inside, you'll find a subfolder called Wi-Fi that stores connectivity data.
- Once again, open the wpa_supplicant.conf file for Wi-Fi details.
Key network applications
There is, however, a much less complicated way to recover Wi-Fi passwords. In these modern times of technological error, there is an app for every action that can be performed on a device and password recovery is not certainly not an exception. Just get an app from your trusted online store or share it with friends and install it. Most applications have a very user-friendly interface and can recover passwords with a few keystrokes. Make sure the app really comes from a trusted source and read the reviews to get a preview before installing. Also, keep in mind that such applications consume a lot of memory and therefore cannot be technically authorized for use in certain regions. In addition, most of them only work on rooted devices.
For all methods, the desired network can be searched by name and by the details of the security keys. Do not modify any details in the wpa_supplicant.conf file, otherwise connectivity problems may occur on other registered networks. Hopefully the network key would remain unchanged, which would give new access to the network.