Sometimes, you may want to share your Wi-Fi password with your friends but you can’t remember it. If your phone is already connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you would have password saved on your phone.
Android smartphones, by default, don’t support viewing of saved or stored Wi-Fi passwords on them. While you can’t simply view the saved passwords, you can still use this terminal trick to hack Wifi passwords saved on your Android phone.
This tutorial shows you how to find and view stored/saved WiFi passwords on your Android smartphone using android terminal emulator app. Please note that your phone must be rooted.
Check this video tutorial before we move to detailed steps on how to hack stored Wifi passwords.
In this tutorial we will be installing a ‘Terminal Emulator‘ app on Android smartphone so that we can run linux commands on Android smartphone.
How to Find WiFi Passwords Saved on Your Android Smartphone Using Terminal App?
First, we have to install ‘Terminal Emulator‘ App for Android on smartphone. Open Play Store app on your phone.
In Play Store search for terminal and tap on any app to install. You can use any of the terminal app to find stored wifi passwords.
Tap on INSTALL to install the app. Tap on ACCEPT when it asks for permission.
Terminal Emulator for Android will be downloaded and installed on your phone. Tap on OPEN to open the app.
Now, you will see a command line window opened on your Android smartphone. Using this terminal we will find saved wifi passwords.
We are going to need Root Level Access to view system files. So first, we will switch to super user via terminal.
Type following command and press ENTER.
You will see a popup asking to grant terminal emulator superuser permissions. Tap on GRANT to continue.
You will see a toast message saying, “Terminal Emulator has been granted superuser permissions for an interactive shell“. Now we have Root Level Access. Now, we can view or hack saved wifi passwords in your phone.
Now, after getting superuser permissions, go to “/data/misc/wifi” path and list directory content using following commands.
cd /data/misc/wifi ls
The “wpa_supplicant.conf” file contains all Wi-Fi network saved passwords and other information. WPA in the name means encryption used is WPA. It may be WEP in some cases. The filename will be “wep_supplicant.conf” in that case. We need to open “wpa_supplicant.conf” file to view saved Wi-Fi passwords in your android smartphone using terminal emulator. Type following command and press ENTER.
Terminal emulator will display content of “wpa_supplicant.conf” file. You can view all your saved Wi-Fi network passwords here. You have successfully found saved wifi passwords on your phone.
Note down your password and close terminal app.
Hack WiFi Passwords Stored in your Android Phone using Terminal
Using above tutorial, you can easily find WiFi passwords stored on your Android smartphone. You need to make sure that you have Rooted your phone before trying this. Please note that Rooting your phone may void your device’s Warranty. Check following linked tutorial on rooting android phone using KingRoot app.
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