Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers in the world. As such, it comes with many useful features designed to make your internet surfing as convenient as possible. One of those features is the ability to save passwords using the password manager tool.
It fills your login information automatically every time you open a website where you are a member. However, if you change devices and switch between computers frequently, there is a method you can use to download all passwords and upload them to another version of the browser. Read more and we’ll tell you how to export passwords from chrome and import them to another browser.
Importing And Exporting Passwords In Google Chrome
We will now give you multiple step-by-step guides on managing Chrome passwords. But before we get to the details, you must understand why downloading passwords is a good idea and how it can help you in the future.
Why Should You Download Passwords?
Google Chrome will tell you whenever your passwords are saved on certain websites. This means that you don’t have to remember each password and username you use, as Chrome will fill that information automatically every time you want to log into a website.
Most users don’t know that they can download existing passwords and login information to create backups and make sure they never get lost. Here are a few situations when you could use a password backup:
- Moving to another device
- Reinstalling your operating system
- Modifying passwords in bulk and re-uploading them back to Chrome
- Need to change passwords due to possible information theft
If you ever feel that someone else has already downloaded your passwords, or if you think that they are compromised in any way, you can update all of them in bulk and re-upload them back. That makes things easier because without doing so, you would have to visit every website where you log in typically and change every password one by one. Let’s start with exporting first.
Exporting Passwords From Chrome
You can export passwords from Chrome and transfer them into a CSV file, and then your computer. Here’s what you have to do:
- Open the Chrome browser and navigate to “Settings.”
- Select “Manage Passwords” found under the “Autofill” section. (if you’re using windows, you will find it under the “People” section.)
- After clicking “Manage Passwords,” you will be taken to Chrome’s password manager.
- Once there, click on the three dots next to “Saved Passwords,” and you will then see an option that says “Export Passwords.”
- Click on it, and Chrome will notify you that anyone can see your passwords once you download them.
- Chrome will then ask for your administrator details to make sure that you’re the one trying to export passwords. In other words, if you share your administrator password with other people, they can do the same without asking. After you enter the password, hit “OK.”
- The default name for the file containing your passwords is set to “Chrome Passwords,” but you can change it, along with the saving destination. The file you download will be a standard CSV file.
- Once the CSV file is saved to your drive, you can open it with Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers, from where you can freely change all passwords however you want.
What Happens If You Don’t Have The “Export Password” Option?
If you followed the steps above but couldn’t find the ‘Export Passwords” option within Google Chrome, it means that the feature is just not activated. Here’s how you do that:
- Close all tabs and type “chrome://flags” in the address bar.
- When the flag panel shows up, you will get a warning about using experimental features.
- Scroll down, and you will see a list of experimental flags.
- Use the search box at the top of the page and type in “password export.”
- An experimental flag called “Password export” will show up.
- The option should be enabled by default in newer versions of Chrome, but you can enable it and download the passwords if you don’t see it in your browser.
- Open the dropdown menu and select “Enabled” to allow password downloads.
- Finally, select “Relaunch Now” to apply the changes.
- Repeat the steps from the previous headline and download your passwords in a CSV file.
Things You Should Be Aware Of
Remember that anyone who has your administrator password can download all of your login information using the same technique. If you find out that someone stole your credentials, you should first change the admin password and then continue to download your Chrome passwords.
Another essential thing to consider is that the CSV file with your passwords is not protected, making it even easier for someone else to steal your passwords. That’s why you should delete it as soon as you’re done.
Enable Password Importing
After you have modified your passwords in the CSV file you downloaded, you can import them back to chrome. However, Chrome disables the import option by default, so you will have to enable it in the flags section first. Here is how you do that:
- Open Google Chrome.
- Navigate to “chrome://flags” and type “password import” in the search box.
- Select the “Password Import” flag and enable it from the dropdown menu.
Importing New Passwords Back to Chrome
Now that you’ve enabled password importing in Chrome, you can import your new passwords back with just a few clicks. Here is what you have to do:
- Navigate to the “Passwords” option within Chrome’s settings page.
- Click the three dots and select “Import” right next to “Saved Passwords.”
- Find the modified CSV file with new passwords, and Chrome will change all existing passwords automatically.
The Bottom Line
We hope that our guide helped you change your Chrome passwords without too much hassle. This method allows you to export passwords quickly, change them with new ones, and import them back to Chrome without having to do things manually one by one.
When you’re done, delete the CSV file with your passwords and make sure that you keep them safe and secure from all prying eyes.