Password managers have changed the way people secure their personal information online. An added bonus is that most browsers or online storage will save your information across all of your devices (a step up from “remember this computer” features). So before we get into how to manage your passwords properly, let’s discuss how Chrome saves your passwords across all of your devices.
One of the many components of Chrome is its password-saving feature. As you may know, having a Google account automatically gives you access to Gmail, Google Photos, Google docs, and many other utilities and tools, including a secure browsing experience on Chrome. The feature itself is not hard to understand, but there are a few steps that you must do beforehand to make sure that you are able to save your passwords for future use.
Let’s say that you have multiple iterations or variations of your password, it can be a tricky process for Chrome to use the right one automatically. That is why a major part of knowing how to save a password in Chrome comes from understanding how to properly manage them. The last thing you need is to get locked out of an account for multiple incorrect attempts if Chrome is auto-filling an old password.
The first thing you will need to do is make sure that the password-saving feature is enabled. If you are unsure of how to turn this feature on, here are the steps:
- Launch Chrome and sign into your Google Account (if it’s not already signed in)
- Go to your Google Account profile at the top right of the screen
- Select Security and then Password Manager (you will have to sign in again)
- Toggle on Offer To Save Passwords (If you don’t see it on this screen, click the gear icon which will launch a password settings page that will give you the option to toggle it on)
Now that you have enabled the password-saving feature on Google Password manager, you can start saving passwords on various websites. If a site requires your login information, sign in as usual, and then a prompt will appear from Chrome offering to save your login info (it will be a pop-up). Once you review your information, simply hit save and Chrome will remember your login information for the site anytime you visit the website on any device signed into your Google account.
Now that you know how to save a password in Chrome let’s shift gears to how to manage them. Knowing how to manage passwords allows you to remove, modify, or view any saved passwords on Chrome. Often, websites will require you to update your password, and if it’s not updated in Chrome, then your auto-fill information will be incorrect. To avoid this, you will want to launch Google Password Manager (same steps as above) and update the info.
Here is how to manage your passwords on Chrome:
- If you are signed in, and want to skip the steps above, type passwords.google.com into your Chrome browser. (You will need to sign in again in order to view passwords)
- To view a password: Select an account and then Preview (eye icon)
- To delete a password: Select an account and then Delete
- To export your passwords: Select Settings (gear icon) and then Export passwords