After you log in a Wi-Fi network using your iPhone, all the information including the Wi-Fi name and the password will be saved. And the next time you are near, your iPhone will automatically detect the Wi-Fi network and connect to it. This makes you easily forget all about the password stuff.
Well, if you do not remember a saved Wi-Fi password and want to retrieve it for some purposes, you are in the right place. In this post, I will show you how to find Wi-Fi passwords on your iPhone with ease. [no_toc]
How to retrieve Wi-Fi passwords on iPhone
You should know by now that the Wi-Fi passwords saved on your iPhone are kept in a safe place and you cannot access them directly from the Wi-Fi settings in the Settings app. Therefore, you need to jailbreak your device to bypass the protection and be able to read the system files – the first solution. Or, another method you can make use of is to use the Keychain feature and a Mac computer. I’ll cover all these in this post.
Also read: How to use Cydia: Beginners Guide
#1 View Wi-Fi Passwords on jailbroken devices
There is a new jailbreak tweak called Wi-Fi Passwords List, which allows you to view the password of the Wi-Fi network you have joined previously.
Once the tweak is installed, you will see a new app added to your Home screen. When you launch the app, you will see the list of your saved Wi-Fi networks and the passwords will show up underneath individual Wi-Fi names. You can even tap on each Wi-Fi name to get more information about the access point, like in the image above.
Wi-Fi Passwords List is compatible with iOS 9 through to iOS 7. You can download it for free from the BigBoss repository.
#2 View saved Wi-Fi passwords using Keychain
As you might know, you can access Wi-Fi passwords by using an application named “Keychain Access” on Mac. This app saves all the passwords and syncs them with your iCloud account.
On iOS devices, we also have Keychain in the iCloud settings. So what we need to do is log in iCloud and turn on this feature. Once our passwords are synced with the iCloud account, we will be able to view them on a Mac. Here is the step-by-step tutorial:
- On your iPhone, navigate to Settings > iCloud. If you haven’t logged in yet, log in your iCloud account.
- Scroll down and set “Keychain” to ON to sync passwords with your iCloud account.
- Then, on your Mac, go to Apple > System Preferences > iCloud. Once the window opens, make sure there is a checkmark in front of “Keychain”. So that the password will be synced between your Mac and your iPhone.
- Launch “Keychain Access” located in /Applications/Utilities (You can quickly access it from Spotlight with Command+Spacebar).
- Within Keychain Access, select “iCloud” from the list on the left. Now find the name of the Wi-Fi network you want to reveal the detail for and double-click on it.
- Select the “Attributes” tab on the new window and click on the checkbox next to “Show Password”
- You will be prompted to enter your administrator name and password. After you confirm, the Wi-Fi password will show up in the text box.
If you are not great at something like password management, I would recommend you to install 1Password from the App Store. It’s a useful app for keeping track not only the Wi-Fi passwords but also any password you use on your device. You can also back up your passwords to Dropbox or iCloud and keep them safe.
That’s it. Hopefully, you can retrieve your Wi-Fi passwords after following this tutorial. If you know of any other trick for Wi-Fi passwords or have some questions, feel free to let us know in the comment section below.