How to see the WiFi password from Android phone
As already mentioned at the opening of the post, for see the WiFi password from the phone su Android you need to get root permissions on the device. The root procedure, if you had never heard of it, allows you to perform various operations that would normally not be allowed by Android, such as changing advanced system settings or accessing protected files, such as that with network keys. wireless. It is not very difficult to implement, but it can lead to data loss and invalidation of the smartphone warranty. If you are still determined to proceed, knowing that the steps to take vary from device to device, consult my generic tutorial on how to root Android and my specific guides on how to unlock a Samsung device, a Huawei device or a Wiko device. .
Once you have obtained root permissions on Android, all you have to do is open the Play Store (the colored Play symbol that you find on the home screen) and download one of the many apps that allow you to recover the passwords of wireless networks stored on your smartphone: among these I recommend WiFi Password Recovery, which is free (with advertising banners, removable with a purchase in-app of € 1,99) and also allows you to force the recovery of passwords for networks that are not stored on the device (an operation which, obviously, does not always succeed and which must be used with extreme caution, as it could allow you to know the passwords of other networks: I do not take any responsibility in this regard, mind you!).
Once the WiFi Password Recovery download is complete, start the application, close the advertisement and first press the button Get permission & recover passwords located on the tab Saved WiFi and then on the button Conceded, to grant root permissions and then view the list of all wireless networks stored on Android with the relative access keys.
If you want to attempt to recover the password of a Wi-Fi network that is nearby but which is not stored on the memory of your smartphone, go to the tab Scanned WiFi of WiFi Password Recovery, grant the app permission to access yours position, select the network to "attack" and press the button OK. Within a few minutes, you will know the password of the network or, if the attack is not successful, you will see a message warning you of the failure of the operation.
Please note: if the application gives you problems, you can try WiFi Key Recovery, which is a very valid alternative to the latter (also free and with the need to activate root permissions to work).
How to see the WiFi password from the iOS phone
If you use a iPhone, you can view the passwords of the networks stored on your phone by doing the jailbreak and installing an app (or rather, a tweak) fit for purpose. If you do not know, the jailbreak is a procedure similar to the root of Android that allows you to unlock the administrative permissions on iOS and, consequently, allows you to perform various operations that would not normally be granted by the Apple operating system. Among the operations in question is the installation of apps from sources external to the App Store (in this specific case Cydia, a sort of alternative App Store for jailbroken devices) and the display of the Wi-Fi passwords saved on the device.
If you want to know how to jailbreak the iPhone, consult my tutorial dedicated to the subject (knowing that, however, you will at least temporarily invalidate the guarantee of your "iPhone by"). Once the procedure is complete, open Cydia, select the scheda Search located at the bottom right and search WiFi password in the search bar at the top.
After searching, select the tweak icon WiFi Password List and proceed with the installation of the latter on your iPhone by pressing the button first Install e poi quello Confirmation (both located in the upper right corner of the screen).
At the end of the installation, press the button for return to Cydia, go to the Home Screen of your iPhone and start WiFi Password List, which will be usable like any other app installed on your "iPhone by". In the main screen of the tweak you will immediately see the list of all the wireless networks stored on the iPhone with the relative access passwords.
Alternative method (macOS)
If you have activated the ICloud Keychain, Apple's service that allows you to store and synchronize all the passwords and credit card data stored on iOS and macOS via the cloud, and you have a Mac, you can be able to see the Wi-Fi passwords stored on the iPhone (although this has not been jailbroken) via the application Portachiavi access say macOS.
To view the passwords for Wi-Fi networks stored in iCloud Keychain, open the Launchpad macOS, go to the folder Other e avvia l'applicazione Access portachiavi. In the window that opens, select the items System e Password from the left sidebar, then double-click the name of the WIFI network you want to know the password, put the check mark next to the item Show the password, type your Mac password and the password will be shown to you in clear text.
See the WiFi password via the management panel of the router
Through the solutions I reported to you earlier, you were unable to see the password of your Wi-Fi because your smartphone has not been rooted or jailbroken and you do not intend to submit it to such procedures? Then know that you still have a solution at your disposal: I am referring to the consultation of router management panel, in which you should be able to see (and possibly change) the password of the wireless network.
To access the router management panel via smartphone, you need to perform two preliminary operations: connect to the wireless network whose password you want to discover (which therefore must already be stored on the device) and discover theIP address of the router. To connect to the Wi-Fi network, all you have to do is go to the menu Settings> Wi-Fi of Android or iOS and select the network of your interest (if necessary). To find out the IP address of the router, however, you have to do this.
- If you use Android, I accessed the menu settings> Wi-Fi, tap on the name of the WIFI network whose password you want to find out and you should find the IP address of the router (ex. 192.168.1.1 o 192.168.0.1) next to the wording Gateway. If not, do a prolonged tap on the network name and choose the option for change the network from the menu that opens. Then put the check mark next to the option to view the Advanced settings, scroll down the screen, set theStatic IP and you will find the IP address of the router next to the entry Gateway.
- If you use iPhone, I accessed the menu Settings> Wi-Fi, presses on (I) placed next to the name of the wireless network to which you are connected and you will find the IP address of the router (eg. 192.168.1.1 o 192.168.0.1) next to the item Router.
Once you have obtained the IP address of your router, all you have to do is open the browser you usually use to surf the Internet (eg. Chrome your android or Safari on iOS) and connect to that address (eg. 192.168.1.1 o 192.168.0.1) by typing it in the top bar and giving Submit.
Once the router management panel is displayed, you will be asked to enter a username and password combination: if you have not changed the default combination, it should be one of admin / admin o admin / password. If you have any problems, take a look at the device manual and / or my guide on how to see the modem password. If, on the other hand, you have trouble finding the IP address of the router, also read my guide about it.
Once logged in, go to the section of the panel dedicated to Wi-Fi and, inside, you should also find the Password of the network. You may need to check a box to display the clear key. If your router also supports 5GHz networks, there may be a different key for the 2.4GHz wireless network and the 5GHz one: to check this, first select the item relating to the network a 2.4GHz and then that relating to the a 5GHz in the device management panel.
Unfortunately I cannot give you more detailed instructions as each router has an administration panel structured in a different way. If you need precise instructions related to a specific modem / router model, refer to my guides on how to configure a TIM, Fastweb, Infostrada, D-Link, TP-Link or Netgear router.
I also advise you to check the labels on the router and the instruction manual of the device: the default password of the wireless network should be listed there. If you have changed the default password of the Wi-Fi network, you can reset it by performing a complete reset of the router (you can find out how to do it in the various tutorials on routers that I have just pointed out to you).
App to see the WiFi password from your phone
None of the solutions mentioned above was useful to you because the password of the Wi-Fi network of your interest is not stored on your smartphone? Are you looking for the password to access the Wi-Fi network of a public place? Then take a look at the apps listed below: they could be of great help to you.
- WiFi Map (Android / iOS) - it is a very famous free app that allows you to find the access passwords to all public Wi-Fi networks. I told you about it in more detail in my tutorial on how to find hotspots.
- WIFI WPS WPA TESTER (Android) - is a free application that allows routers suffering from vulnerabilities related to WPS technology to be "pierced" and connected to their wireless networks. Requires root and installation of the additional BusyBox application.
- Fastweb.Alice.WiFi.Recovery (Android) - allows you to access the networks of some (old) Fastweb, TIM and Infostrada router models, as long as they use the default password for Wi-Fi.
- Wifi-Pass (iOS) - is an iPhone application very similar to Fastweb.Alice.WiFi.Recovery for Android. It only supports some old Alice / TIM and Fastweb routers.
- Kali Linux NetHunter (Android) - it is a ROM (therefore not an app) that allows you to use Kali Linux, the fast Linux distro to test security and "pierce" Wi-Fi networks, on devices such as Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9 , Nexus 10 and OnePlus One. It is for advanced users only. If you want to know more, check out my tutorial dedicated to Kali Linux.