Our Android devices are constantly connected to the internet, and for good reason. A lot of the content that we consume comes from online services such as social media or news aggregators. That means that your device has a bunch of connections that it uses regularly, either using mobile data or a WiFi access point from home, or from a place you go to regularly. All of these connections have various names and passwords, and you usually input it once and then forget about it. But what if you want to share that password, back it up, or are using a new device? Today, we’ll show you a simple app that allows you to view and backup your WiFi passwords!
The app we’ll be using today is appropriately called WiFi Password Viewer, and it can be freely downloaded from the Play Store using this link. The purpose of the app is, of course, to let you see your WiFi passwords, but one thing worth noting is that it requires a rooted device. As usual, we have covered this topic before, so if you want to give it a look, please go ahead and check out this lesson. Anyway, to start off, launch the app and allow root access when prompted:
Right away, you should see that the app displays your WiFi connections, and below their names, the respective passwords. One thing worth pointing out is that it doesn’t just display the password for the current connection, it will show it for every WiFi access point you’ve ever connected to on this device:
There isn’t much more to it. The interface is simple, and it allows you to check out and share these passwords at a glance. The app also offers you an option to backup your passwords, if you’re interested:
Pick the Backup option, then give it the right permissions on your device:
The app will save a file containing the passwords currently displayed:
To see the contents of the file, just head onto the path that showed up on the notification. Fire up your favorite file manager app, and head onto that location. It should point to your default storage path, and it will show up on the top level as a single file:
Then, just open the file with any app that can view text. You can even use something like Chrome, and you’ll be able to see the passwords and name of the WiFi access points that were previously displayed on the app in plain text, allowing you to copy-paste or share it easily. You can also tap on any of the passwords on the app to easily copy or share it:
Or turn it into a QR code that can be scanned by another device without having to reveal the password out loud:
That’s about it for today’s lesson. As you can see, the app is fairly simple and easy to use, and there isn’t much to it. It’s useful in a pinch though, especially if you forgot the password and want to share it with someone, or if, for example, someone entered it for you, and you didn’t catch it. Overall, it’s just a handy tool to keep around. Any questions or doubts? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!