Amid growing anti-Chrome sentiment, there’s still one thing the browser’s good for: convenience. And now, Chrome’s built-in password storing feature is getting upgraded with a new autofill option on Android.
Autofill lets Chrome users tap to add information like mailing addresses and credit card details when filling out order forms or creating new accounts, but the new update adds passwords and account names/emails for logins.
Chrome already stored credentials and would autofill remembered logins in some cases, but the new version lets you select from a list of saved information any time you sign in — even in cases where you haven’t saved the username or password. As long as the login matches another email and password combination you’ve previously saved, you should be able to log in (although, re-using passwords is not something we recommend).
The new autofill menu should show up for everyone in the near future; keep the Chrome app updated and you’ll probably notice it on one of the next several times you log into a website. However, there are two ways to turn it on early if it’s not showing up.
The simplest way is to download the Chrome Beta app for Android, then follow the steps under “How to use autofill logins” section below to use the feature when signing into a website.
The other method is to turn on the experimental flag for the feature in the normal, stable version of Chrome:
- Open the Chrome app on your Android device.
- Go to chrome://flags
- Search for “Touch To Fill UI for Passwords.”
- Tap the dropdown menu and set the flag to “Enabled.”
- Restart the Chrome app to finalise the changes.
How to use Chrome’s new autofill logins on Android
Storing your logins in Chrome and/or your Google Account isn’t as secure as using an encrypted password manager, but it’s at least convenient:
- Navigate to a website in Chrome or Chrome Beta for Android and start logging in.
- A new window will pop up asking if you would like to pick an account. Swipe up on the menu to expand it and see all available logins.
- Tap the account info you wish to use and you’ll be automatically signed in.
- You can also swipe down on the menu to hide it if you want to manually input your username/email and password instead.
If you sign in to a new site or use a new username/password, Chrome will ask if you want to add/change the login info. You can also tap “Manage Passwords” at the bottom of the menu at any time to add, remove or update the list of saved accounts.