Passwords are used to keep your Wi-Fi safe. How? If your Wi-Fi is protected by a password, nobody can have access to it unless they are directly connected to your router – or they know your password. Not only does this prevent unauthorized users or access on your account, it can prevent you from hitting data limits (or overages), depending on your ISP (Internet Service Provider).
What if you forgot your Wi-Fi password? Good news. Here’s how to find your Wi-Fi password on Android.
First of all, remember to keep your password to yourself. You can set your computers and devices to “auto connect” so you will not need to publicly display or remember the password.
Also remember that your WiFi can be hacked. Yes, there are a lot of people who find ways to hack routers for free access. To avoid this, it is advisable that you change your password every 6-12 months, depending on the frequency of traffic near your signal. This will help to keep your wireless connection secured.
Finding WiFi Passwords On Android
If you cannot remember you wireless password on your phone, you may need to use an app (or have an understanding of how to navigate through specific system/device files). Here are the steps to find your WiFi password using an app:
- File Manager App – This method requires installing a third party app. First, download and install ES File Explorer. You can find this on Google Play Store. Then go to root folder then check data folder. This is where all configurations and system settings on Android are stored.
- Go to data → Misc → WiFi
- Open the folder named wpa_supplicant.conf
- Tap ES File Explorer’s HTML/built-in text
- Among all the tests, you will find SSID and Password of the Wi-Fi networks you have used
- Look for the Wi-Fi connection you want to use. That’s it. You now have the password for your Wi-Fi connection.
Saving Wireless Passwords On Android
Saving your Wi-Fi passwords makes it convenient for you in more ways than one. Once you save your password, you do not have to re-enter it every time you want to connect to it.
You can save your Wi-Fi passwords on Amazon and on your devices. By doing this, you have easy access to your Wi-Fi network. You can also save the Wi-Fi passwords of any networks you have used or those which you are using.
To view saved Wi-Fi passwords, you can follow the steps on how to find them which are mentioned in the first part of this article.
How To Delete WiFi Networks And Passwords From Your Phone
Your Wi-Fi password is the security of your wireless connection. Passwords are there to ensure that nobody else uses your connection but you (and other authorized users/devices).
What if you do not want your wireless network to have a password? Can you delete it? Yes, you can, but it makes it prone to unauthorized access. Naturally, this removes a layer of security on your network. Your routers have passwords which you need to connect to so you can gain access to the internet. Your router’s password can be deleted if you access the administrative panel of your router. But this is not advisable.
If you really want to do it, you can follow these steps:
- Enter your router’s address (this can be found in your router’s manual – in many cases, it is either 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1)
- Enter your admin username and password for the router.
- On your router’s administrative page, look for the security page.
- Disable any forms of WiFi protection under “Wireless Protection”.
- Click “Save” or “Apply” and restart your router.
You may not want to fuss or trouble yourself with passwords. Remember that these passwords are your wireless network’s security. If you do not want to trouble yourself with remembering your password, you can save it. There are ways to do that.
If you really find it inconvenient to have passwords, you can delete or remove them as well. Just remember, there are consequences when you do this. This will make your wireless network accessible to almost anybody who picks up the signal. When this happens, you lose complete control of who can access your network – and potentially your files.
It’s highly recommended to put a secure password on your wireless network. Not only for your account’s protection and security, but for yours as well.