The Android operating system has improved significantly over the last ten years. The UI alone is cleaner and much more intuitive to use. It is also more stable, and in many ways, ahead of the features. Android still has a fragmentation issue and the Play Store is still home to shady apps. Play Protect and enhanced permission management have helped users stay safe.
During these iterations, features that were useful and useless were added, removed, and re-added to the operating system. Older versions of Android have enabled users to see the password for a stored WiFi network. This feature was extremely useful and was removed in Android 8. It is back in Android 10.
View WiFi password on Android
On Android 8 and 9, you will need to root your phone to see stored WiFi passwords. There is no way around this. On a device running Android 10, you can see the WiFi password in the settings application.
- Make the Settings app on your Android phone / tablet.
- Go to Network and internet.
- Tap on the WiFi network you are connected to (do not tap the switch next to a network).
- Tap on the gear knob next to the connection.
- Tap Share.
- You will see QR code on the Share WiFi screen. By the At the bottom of this code you can see the WiFi password.
- You can not copy the password to the clipboard, but the QR code can be scanned by any device and you can copy / paste the password manually.
This feature works on all devices running Android 10, but you can only see the password for a WiFi network if you are currently connected to it. For networks that you have been connected to in the past, or in different locations, the network will simply not appear unless it is within range. If the network is not within range and you can not connect to it, the password can not be retrieved.
The ability to view a stored WiFi password from a paired device is extremely useful. Andriod removed it for security reasons, which we assume was addressed. This feature still does not exist on iOS, but iOS has made improvements to the sharing of WiFi networks. The feature remains embedded in the Apple ecosystem. The QR code you get on an Android 10 device works with any device that can scan it, including an iPhone and Android phones that use older versions of Android.
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