Google Chrome offers one of the powerful password managers built right within the browser. You can use the saved username and password details to automatically login to the websites. It is also possible to edit and export the passwords in an Excel file and find weak passwords to keep your data secure. However, sometimes you will feel annoyed with Chrome asking to save passwords for each and every website. In this article, we will explain how to disable password saving in Google Chrome.
Default Google Chrome Behavior
Whenever you login to a website with a password, Google Chrome by default show you a “Save password?” prompt. You can ignore the prompt by clicking anywhere to continue your work. However, the key icon will still show in right side of the browser’s address bar. You can anytime click on that key icon to open the prompt again.
Saving the password will help, Chrome to suggest it when you try to login again to the same website. In addition, you can sync the passwords when logged into your Google account and access them across all your devices by logging into the same Google account.
On mobile apps, Chrome will show similar save password prompt when logging into a website.
You can also see the key icon with the only difference as it will show in left side of the address bar.
Why Save Password Prompt May Annoy You?
Though it looks like a useful feature, there are couple of problems with this prompt and password manager.
- You may be using another Chrome extension to manage all your passwords and want to disable the default save password prompt in Chrome.
- Even you ignore the prompt and do not want to save the password, it will pop-up every time when you login to the website.
- You may have multiple usernames and passwords for the same website. Generally, Chrome will suggest the previously logged in username/password. You need to select different usernames if you want to login with different accounts every time.
- In addition, handling of subdomains and subdirectories can easily confuse you. For example, Chrome will suggest passwords from subdomain when you try to login to the main domain.
- When you look at the password manager, Chrome will only show domain and subdomain names. If you have different subdirectories, you need to hover over with the mouse to see the full URL. This is also not possible to in mobile app as Chrome will use the password when tapping on the website name.
- The most annoying part is that Chrome will also show the prompt every time when you enter two factor authentication code for logging into a website.
- From privacy point of view, if you are not logged out of a site, anyone can take your mobile and tap on the key icon in Chrome address bar to find your password.
Disable Save Password Prompt in Chrome
Now that you have enough reasons to disable the save password prompt, follow the below instructions.
On Desktop Version
- Launch Google Chrome and go to chrome://settings command URL. Alternatively, click on the three dots button on the top right corner that shows “Customize and control Google Chrome”. Select “Settings” from the dropdown menu to go to the settings page.
- Click on the “Passwords” option showing under “Autofill” section.
- This will take you to Chrome password manager. Simply turn off the first option that says, “Offer to save password”.
- With this change, Chrome will never ask you to save the password and never show the key icon in the address bar.
You can follow the above instructions in both Chrome Windows and Mac versions.
Disabling Save Password Prompt in Mobile App
Similar to desktop version, you can also disable the save password prompt in Chrome mobile apps. Follow the below instructions in Android or iOS Chrome app.
- Open Chrome app and tap on the three dots button showing on the bottom right corner.
- Select “Settings” from the slide up menu.
- When you are in Chrome settings page, tap on “Passwords” option which is by default turned on.
- Now, tap on slider against “Save Passwords” to disable it.
- After this settings change, Chrome will not show the save password prompt when you logging in to website.
Note: Remember, other than Chrome you may also get password suggestions from other options. For example on iPhone, you will get a suggestion from iCloud Keychain that comes when you have enabled “AutoFill Passwords” option in “Passwords” setting. We do not recommend to disable this as this option is used across all apps on the device.