This jailbreak app for iOS shows all your Wi-Fi network passwords

By , Feb 13, 2016

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Most of you probably use a Wi-Fi network on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and some of them may even require a password to gain access to.

Have you ever been in a predicament where you’ve needed to use someone’s Wi-Fi network and they wouldn’t tell you the password for it to your face, but they had no problem typing it in for you so you could use the network without knowing what the password was? Or, have you just plain forgotten the password to one of your most-used networks when you have a new machine or device you want to use to connect to it?

If you’ve been in either of these situations, then a new jailbreak app called Wifi Passwords List, which is a free download from Cydia’s BigBoss repository, could be of use to you. It’ll show you the password of any secured Wi-Fi network you’ve ever used on your iOS device.

Also read: How to find a Wi-Fi password on Mac

Never forget a Wi-Fi password again

With this app installed on your jailbroken iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, every password-protected Wi-Fi network you’ve ever joined (old and new) is logged. You’ll be able to launch the app at any time from your Home screen to see any of the passwords to any protected Wi-Fi networks you either forgot, or didn’t know from the start.

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As you can see, the SSID for each secured Wi-Fi network is displayed in the list, and then the password is listed directly underneath the SSID. You can even tap on a network to view more information about that Wi-Fi network, including:

  • How long ago the device used the particular Wi-Fi network
  • The exact time and date that the network was last used on your device
  • Whether the network was joined manually or automatically

You’ll also see a cell labeled “View Other Info,” which includes some other interesting information when you tap on it.

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Some of the information listed here, which is going to be difficult to understand for some regular users to make sense of, includes:

  • Wi-Fi channel
  • RSSI Signal strength
  • Length of time the network has been used
  • Amount of wireless noise
  • Security type
  • And more

This more advanced information is intended for wireless tinkerers who want to know more about the networks they’ve joined, but for the average user, just the ability to see the network name and password associated with it is going to be enough.

My thoughts on Wifi Passwords List

In a scenario where you’ve forgotten one of your passwords, you can use the app to refresh your memory and enter the same password on another one of your devices. But this app is also useful if someone entered the password for you and then refused to tell you what it was because now you’ll be able to look back on it and connect any other devices you may have to that same Wi-Fi network.

I can definitely see where the app could be useful in some situations, but you should be mindful that if you’re only going to be using it to get around someone’s wariness of letting you know their Wi-Fi network password, then you’re probably using the app for the wrong reasons. After all, the person may have had a good reason to keep the password from you.

On the other hand, I’ve joined plenty of secured Wi-Fi networks at my friends’ houses where they’ve given me their password and welcomed me to use it, but when I get a new device and don’t remember what the password is, I need a way to refresh my memory to log on with my new device. Although I could just ask them again, sometimes they don’t even remember their own passwords and don’t remember where their password book is.

The additional information you get to see, such as the last time you used a network, the signal strength, and the wireless channel all could be useful information too, but I feel these features are less useful for regular users and are far more useful for advanced users who actually do wireless surveys or want to configure their network so it doesn’t conflict with others.

Conclusion

When you forget the Wi-Fi password of a network you’ve joined before and need to remind yourself of what it was, Wifi Passwords List is a great tool for jailbroken devices that can get the rest of your devices hooked up to a network you’re already using on your jailbroken device.

Remember to use this app responsibly and not to take advantage of the Wi-Fi network owner. They can easily change their password on you to revoke your access if they find you’re using too many devices on their network without their permission.

What are your thoughts on Wifi Passwords List? Share in the comments.

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  • MrShutEmDown

    Slow news day

  • ready1take1

    Wow a new app huh? “WiFi Passwords” has been available for a very long time

    • Tarek Al Shawi

      ikr

    • If by “very long time” you mean one day, then yes, it’s been available for a “very long time.”

      Version history: http://tweakupdates.com/pkg/com.ashapps.wifipasswordslist

      • Usama

        No, Seb, he means there has already been an app out for years that already does this. It is called “Wifi Passwords”
        🙂

      • ready1take1

        yes. Came out in 2010

      • Anthony Bouchard

        It doesn’t do everything this app does. It only shows the password, and not other information about your networks. Nevertheless, options are good, and this developer is providing decent competition.

      • mordechai eliyahu

        I’ve had this tweak for over 2 years on my phone

      • Saulo Benigno

        Exactly. Me too!

      • Burge

        Seb I’m sure you covered a tweet/app like this before. And who every covered it called there wifi network “mymotherfuckingnetwork”

      • Yes it was me. It’s not the same app. It does similar things but it’s not the same. And the one you mentioned (called Wifi Passwords) was last updated over a year ago.

      • malhal

        I haven’t had any reason to update it, it has worked fine on every OS version released since the last update. Normally BIgBoss does not allow blatant copying of apps in their repo but I guess this one slipped through.

      • Anthony Bouchard

        Not sure if you’ve been following along with the other comments being posted here, but this app is not a blatant copy of any app and does more than many existing ones.

      • indiekiduk

        I wouldn’t agree this one does more. My original WiFi Passwords app allows deleting of passwords, this one however does not. In any case I will be updating my app to include search and everything else this copy-cat app does.

    • Anthony Bouchard

      Just a heads up, this app doesn’t only show you the passwords, but it also shows you information about when you last used the network, how long you’ve used it, signal strength, etc.

      The flagship feature is definitely seeing your passwords, but WiFi Passwords doesn’t have all the functionality this app does. This app offers great competition for the older app.

      • ready1take1

        I understand, I just hate seeing posts like this with no mention of what’s already available on Cydia. It seems to happen a lot.

      • Right. That’s no reason to be all passive aggressive about it though.

      • ready1take1

        I know, I’m sorry. Guess the lack of news for the next jailbreak has me all worked up.

      • Anthony Bouchard

        We are all looking forward to that jailbreak 🙂

      • Manuel Molina

        Damn, no jailbreak news got people acting cray cray about tweak names. Next thing will hear is someone getting stabbed with the lighting port because someone showed a new Jailbreak on iOS 9 and didn’t want it to be released to the public.

      • Cray cray? Really tho.

  • socrates

    The tweak called “Network List” is by far the most native way to recall wifi passwords on jailbroken iOS.

    Simply adds a new menu in the Wi-Fi settings pane, just like the apps that advertise it.

    • Marcus

      I’ve been using that tweak for a very long time. It’s great.

  • Jesse Smith

    Wifi Passwords LisT does not show up in Cydia. Did they pull it?

  • Jesse Smith

    It would be better if it showed the network name and the password for you. Even if you never connected before. Simple WiFi hack!

    • Uncle Bob

      Sure

  • EddyNg

    betterwifi has the same features

    • Uncle Bob

      But not free or iOS 9 compatible

  • khmi

    Man you’re always writing super long articles.

  • Colin Steiger

    Or you could download: “Network List” Which actually adds the wifi ssid and passwords list directly in the settings for wifi

  • Yuizen

    BetterWifi is better, but it has not been updated.