Moving Your Passwords From Google Chrome To A Dedicated App Just Got A Lot Easier

Moving Your Passwords From Google Chrome To A Dedicated App Just Got A Lot Easier
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If you’ve been using Google Chrome to store all of your logins and passwords, that’s great – a lot better than scribbling your passwords on sticky notes and attaching them to your desktop monitor or laptop. Third-party password managers are even better (cross-platform, in many cases), and a new Chrome setting now makes it easy to move all of of your browser-saved passwords to a new app.

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As Android Police notes, Google Chrome already stores your saved username and password information in its own password manager – if you let it. To see that list of passwords, visit Settings > Advanced > Manage Passwords. Once there, you can edit or delete your login information or toggle automatic sign-ins to save you from having to type complicated passwords for your favourite sites.

To export your logins to a CSV file, which you can then use to populate a new password manager app you’re using, you have to enable an experimental feature in Chrome. Don’t worry; the process is still a lot faster than adding all of your logins manually. Yuck.

Here’s how to turn on the password export feature:

  • Open Chrome.
  • In your URL bar, enter: chrome://flags/
  • Search for “password export” in the search bar on the Flags page.
  • Toggle from Default to Enabled.
  • Select “Relaunch Now” to restart Chrome.
  • Visit Settings > Advanced > Manage Passwords.
  • Select Saved Passwords > Export.
  • Enter your computer’s login information.

Most popular password managers – such as LastPass or 1Password, to name two – have detailed instructions that show you how to import the CSV file of login information you created. And don’t forget to turn off Chrome’s “Manage Passwords” feature if you’re using a new app to store your secret information.