While in Windows and other operating systems it is possible to see the stored passwords of Wi-Fi networks, Android does not make it too easy for you, at least for those users who do not have root access to their terminals. Still, there are two possible ways to view Wi-Fi passwords saved on mobile without root, at least in the most modern terminals.
If you want to recover the password of a Wi-Fi network saved on your mobile and you do not have the mobile phone rooted, there is still hope as long as one of these assumptions is met: that you have the latest version of Android installed or a customization layer that allows share the connection via QR code.
1. With Android 10 or higher
Android 10 is increasingly on more devices, with a good series of news on all fronts, including security, privacy and usability improvements. Among the latter is the adoption of something that had been in some layers of customization for a long time.
Since the third beta of Android 10 (called Android Q at the time), Google added the possibility to finally see the saved passwords without the need to root the system. This is possible both for the current connection and for any other registered in the mobile.
For saved networks, you must open the Wi-Fi section of the Android settings and tap on Saved networks. You must then touch on the network for which you want to find out its password and, finally, press Share.
This generates a QR code that another person can scan with a compatible application to add the profile directly to the mobile, but also password is displayed in plain text, just below.
2. With the QR code of EMUI, MIUI and others
As always, the pure or stock Android is very different from the Android that reaches mobile phones thanks to the different layers of customization. The good news is that some of these customization layers have long included the ability to share the Wi-Fi network using a QR code. The option is relatively common among Chinese layers like Xiaomi’s MIUI or Huawei’s EMUI.
The only downside to this system is that generally these layers only allow you to share the connection you are currently connected to, thus limiting the scope, but taking into account that we have been almost a decade without being able to do it otherwise than with root, less gives a stone.
First of all, you need generate the QR code in question. The process can vary from one layer to another, although it is generally as easy as opening the Wi-Fi section and touching the network to which you are connected.
Now comes the interesting part: scanning the code. You do not need any additional application, but with Google Lens is enough. For convenience, you can use another mobile to scan the code for that one, although it is also possible to open the screenshot in Google Photos and touch the Google Lens icon to achieve the same effect.
It seems like a lot of steps just to see the saved Wi-Fi password, but remember that at least it’s easier than rooting the mobile. Hopefully, future versions of Android and its customization layers will end up implementing Android 10 QR codes showing the password in flat code below, saving you the second step of the process.