Managing all of your online passwords is a hectic task. In order to reduce your burden and improve productivity, browsers like Google Chrome includes a built-in password management feature that you can use for your convenience. Chrome will prompt you to save the passwords whenever you login to a site and later it fills out login fields automatically, saving your time and effort. If you are browsing the web each day, you will want to complete everything as soon as possible. Using Chrome’s built-in password manager tool, you can access any website needing login access quickly and easily without the need of remembering hundreds of passwords. Learn more about managing passwords in Firefox.
How to Manage Passwords in Google Chrome?
- Automatically saving your passwords in Chrome
- Chrome password manager options
- Enable or Disable auto saving passwords
- Automatically logging into websites
- View saved passwords
- Remove saved passwords for sites
- Delete all saved passwords in one click
- Managing sites with never saved passwords
- Chrome password management in iOS and Android
1. AutoSaving Your Password
Whenever you login to a website, Chrome by default will ask you to save the username and password. Open the preferred website with Google Chrome and start the signing in process. Type in your username and password and Chrome will offer you to save the password, click Save.
You can click on the eye button to preview the password. Click on the save button to store the password in Chrome password manager. Chrome will use the credentials to speed up future access by automatically fill in the login details of the website.
Chrome address bar will show you a key icon when Chrome has a stored password for that site. You can click on the key icon and login to the site or remove the password by choosing “X” mark.
If you do not want Chrome to prompt saving passwords, you can disable the save password prompt.
2. Chrome Password Manager
All saved usernames and passwords along with all never saved sites are saved in Chrome password manager tool. Follow the below steps to go password manager in Chrome versions 69 or less:
- Click the three vertical dots icon at the top right corner of your browser and choose “Settings”.
- Scroll down the page and click on “Advanced” option.
- Under “Passwords and Forms” section, choose “Manage passwords”
Google updated Chrome’s interface in version 70 and you can find the “Passwords” option immediately after opening “Settings” like below. If you are using older versions then update Chrome to latest version.
3. Enable or Disable Auto Saving of Passwords
Instead of saving password when prompted, you can also click on “Never” button to stop storing the password. Chrome will remember your preference and will never ask to save password again for that site. But this will work only for that particular site and Chrome will keep prompting to save password when you login to all other sites.
When you are in Chrome password manager, switch off the “Offer to save passwords” option to disable auto saving of passwords. This will completely disable Chrome password manager tool. Henceforth, Chrome will not prompt you to save the password when you are logging into the sites. You can anytime go back to the settings and switch on the option again.
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4. Auto Sign-in to Websites
Chrome users the username and password to automatically log into the sites when you go to the login page. But this works on very few sites and on most of the other sites, Chrome will only fill the credentials. You need to manually confirm the login by clicking on the login button to get inside the site.
Disable the “Auto Sign-in” option in password manager to completely disable the automatic signing in. you should always confirm the username and password manually before logging into the sites. You should disable this when you have multiple login details for the same site. And also you have separate credentials for subdomains and main domain of the same site. In this case, you can click on the username field and select from the suggested usernames to confirm the login using that id.
5. View Saved Passwords in Chrome
Chrome makes it easy for you to log into any website, if you have saved the usernames and passwords before. Once you save the information, it will be stored on the backend database. There are many ways to view the stored passwords.
When you are in password manager, click on the “View and manage saved passwords in your Google Account”. Sign in with your Google account to see all the passwords associated with your account.
Second option is to look for the site under “Saved Passwords” section in password manager. Chrome will display a list of websites with stored login information under “Saved Passwords” section. Click on the eye-shaped icon to reveal the hidden password for each website. You should enter the administrator password of your computer to view the first saved password. The second site onwards you can click the eye icon and see the password without admin password.
There is another tricky way to look for the password from the backend of Chrome. Chrome stores your login information in a light database format called SQLite. The name of the database file in Windows is “Login Data” which is available under “C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default”.
It is possible to view the stored details of your login information by opening the DB file. Use a DB browser tool or Chrome extensions to view the SQLite DB file. Remember, the password field will be encrypted so it may not be visible without admin password.
You can also try with extensions like ShowPasword to find the hidden passwords on mouse over.
6. Remove Saved Passwords in Chrome
If you have changed your passwords or stopped using the website, it’s a good idea to remove old passwords from Chrome for security and practical reasons. On password manager, choose the site under “Saved passwords” section. Click on the “More actions…” button showing as three vertical dots and choose “Remove”. This will delete the saved password from Chrome.
You may also use the “Search passwords” text box to search for a specific site and delete the password.
7. Delete All Saved Passwords in One Click
If you want to completely remove all passwords from Chrome. Go to the “Privacy and security” section and click on the “Clear browsing data”. On the pop up window, click on the “Advanced” tab and check the “Passwords” option. Click on the “Clear Data” button to delete all saved password in one click.
8. Handling Never Saved Passwords
The “Never Saved” section will show you all those sites you have chosen not to have the password when prompted. Chrome refers the URL available under “Never Saved” section and stops prompting to save password.
If you want to save the password again, just remove the sites from the list. Chrome will prompt you to save the password, next time when you login to the site.
9. Chrome Password Manager on iOS and Android
Similar to desktop Chrome version, you can choose to save or never save the passwords when logging into as website on your iOS or Android mobile. You can manage the saved passwords by navigating to “Settings >Save Passwords or Smart Lock for Passwords” section.
Every one of us need to remember multiple passwords for logging into computer, log into emails, different sites, bank accounts, etc. Most of the time we forget the correct password and spend time in retrieving the passwords loosing productivity. Chrome password manager is a useful tool to store all your web passwords in one place. By following recommendations on password management, you shouldn’t worry about security problems as well.
Remember, people or applications having your computer’s administrator password can access the Chrome passwords manager. So avoid giving admin access to unknown people and avoid installing unnecessary applications to keep your credentials safe.