If you’re using Google Chrome as your default web browser, then you can make use of its built-in password manager to keep track of all your log-ins.
The Chrome password manager can store complex login credentials and serve them up when required. Much easier than trying to remember them.
Guide To Google Chrome Password Manager.
You’ll see Google Chrome’s password manager kick into action whenever you sign in to a new website.
After you’ve entered the password, Chrome will offer to save it for you.
You’ll have 3 options.
- You can click the SAVE button and Chrome will record your username and password for that website. The next time you visit the site, Chrome will automatically sign you in.
- You could click the NEVER button. In which case Chrome won’t record your login details and won’t ask again for this website.
- Or you could click the X in the top right corner of the pop-up window. If you do this, then Chrome won’t record your details, but it’ll ask again the next time you visit this site.
Note that if you click the NEVER button, it only refers to this particular website. Chrome password manager will continue to operate on other websites.
Updating Your Passwords.
If you later change your password for a website that Chrome has previously saved, it’ll usually detect what you’re doing.
When you’ve entered your new password and clicked the Change or Update button, the Chrome password manager will pop up.
To have Chrome save your new password for that site, click the UPDATE PASSWORD button.
Viewing Your Saved Passwords.
To see which passwords have been saved and for which websites, you’ll need to open Chromes’ password settings page.
To open the passwords settings page in Google Chrome, click the avatar in the top right-hand corner of the browser window.
On the options window that opens, click the passwords link (it’s the key symbol).
That will take you directly to the passwords settings page in Google Chrome.
It’s on this page that you’ll normally make any changes to or view your options in the password manager, so make a quick note of how to get here.
Scroll down the page a little and you’ll see a list of all the passwords that Chrome has already saved for you. If there aren’t any there, then as yet, you haven’t saved any.
The saved passwords details are arranged in three columns.
- The website name
- Your username, which is usually your email address
- Your password.
You’ll notice that the actual password is obscured by a series of dots.
To view a saved password, click on the eye icon just to the right of it.
If you sign in to your computer when you first turn it on, then when you click “Reveal Password” you’ll see this Windows Security window appear.
And it can be a little confusing as to which password you need to enter.
The password you need to enter is the one that you use to log in to your computer when you first start it up.
Your Windows account password.
Undo Never Save Password.
Scrolling down a little more you’ll see the Never Saved passwords section.
When Chrome offers to save a password, if you click the NEVER button, then this is where those websites are saved to.
If you change your mind and decide that you’d like Chrome to save your password for any of these websites, you can remove them from the list by clicking the X on the right-hand side of each entry.
After a site has been removed from the list, Chrome will ask to save your login details the next time you visit the site.
How To Delete Saved Passwords.
Sometimes you may want to delete saved login details from the Chrome password manager.
It’s very easy to do.
To delete an entry from the saved passwords list in Chrome, scroll through the list until you find the one you want to get rid of.
To the far right of that entry, you’ll see 3 vertical dots.
Click the 3 dots and then on the menu that opens, click REMOVE.
Generate Secure Passwords In Chrome.
When creating a new online account or changing the password for an existing account, it can be difficult trying to think of a secure password to use.
The Chrome password manager can quickly generate secure passwords for you as you fill in the online forms and then automatically save them for you.
The only caveat is that you need to be signed in to your Goole account in order for this to work. You’ll have a Google account if you have a Gmail email account.
If you’re signed in to your Google account, whenever you click inside a password box, Chrome password manager will offer to fill in the box with a strong password.
To accept the suggested password, you simply click it. The password will automatically be inserted into the box and saved to your passwords list.
If you don’t want to use a suggested password, you can just ignore it and type in a password.
How to Export Or Download Your Passwords In Chrome.
If you’re using secure and unique passwords for your logins, then it’s a good idea to keep a copy of them. To keep a backup of them somewhere.
To export your passwords, open the Chrome password settings page by clicking the user avatar in the top right corner of the screen and then clicking the passwords link (the key symbol).
Scroll down to the Saved Passwords section.
Over on the far right, you’ll see the “More Actions” icon (3 vertical dots).
Click on the 3 dots.
Click EXPORT PASSWORDS.
Chrome will ask for confirmation that you want to export your passwords. Click the button to continue.
Just as with revealing passwords that we looked at earlier, when you’re trying to export your passwords, Windows Security may ask for permission. Simply enter the password for your Windows account to continue.
File Explorer will open allowing you to name the file and save it to whichever folder you require.
Note that the “file type” is a CSV file.
CSV files are basic spreadsheet files. Ideally, they want to be opened in programs like Microsoft Excel.
If you don’t have Excel, there are many free spreadsheet programs available that can do the job easily enough. Free office suites such as Libre Office, Open Office or Google Docs all have spreadsheet programs that you can use.
How To Enable Or Disable Chrome Password Manager.
If you never see the Chrome password manager pop up on any of your website login pages, then it could be that it’s been disabled or turned off.
Conversely, it might be popping up when you really don’t want it to (such as when you’re using a dedicated password manager), in which case you can disable it, turn it off.
To enable or disable the Chrome password manager, open Chrome and then click the Settings icon (3 vertical dots)) in the top right corner of the window.
On the menu that appears, click SETTINGS.
On the Settings page, in the Auto-Fill section, click the PASSWORDS option.
This will take you to the Chrome password manager settings page.
To enable password manager, turn on “Offer to save passwords” and “Auto Sign-in” by clicking the switch to the right of each option.
And to disable it, turn them off.
Chrome Password Manager – Summary.
Whilst you can use dedicated password managers like 1Password, Keepass and Lastpass etc, they all have their pros and cons. None of them are perfect.
The Google Chrome password manager is reasonably secure, free to use, and importantly, very easy to use. It just works.
One thing I will say is, always backup your passwords. Regardless of which password manager you’re using, export, download, backup those logins.
Websites are tightening up on account security, which is generally a good thing, until you find yourself locked out of your own account.
So keep a simple backup of your login credentials somewhere safe.
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