One of the numerous intriguing features of Chrome is its built-in password manager tool that saves your passwords when you login to websites.
It’s safe to refer to this tool as an auto-fill password tool as it helps autofill the passwords on login and registration forms whenever you open the website, so there would be no need trying to recall your passwords.
However, if you have numerous accounts, or replacing your device with another, you may be wondering how to import and export Google Chrome passwords or even downloading all saved passwords from Chrome in a CSV file, this guide is for you.
Easy Ways To Import And Export Google Chrome Passwords
Instead of creating a backup password for various accounts, you can easily manage your passwords for accounts on different websites and web applications, and this can be done by simply exporting, and importing your Google passwords.
Let’s take a look at how to do this.
How To Import Google Chrome Passwords
Here, we are going to look at all you need to know about how to enable importing passwords on Chrome first, then we will proceed to steps involved in importing passwords in Chrome.
Steps To Enable Password Import In Chrome
Unlike other browsers, the password import option is disabled on Chrome by default, so for you to import Google Chrome passwords, you must first enable it either from the flags section or from the command line.
To enable password import in Chrome from the flag section, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Ensure that all other browser sessions are closed because you need to reopen the browser.
Step 2: Go to the Chrome address bar, and type the command URL “chrome://flags,” then click enter.
Step 3: When you are in the flags section, Chrome will display a warning about using experimental features on the browser.
Step 4: Check beneath the warning section to see a wide range of experimental flags, then search for the “password import” flag using the search box on top.
Step 5: Check for a “Password import” flag showing with “Default” option as it is a sign that indicates that it is disabled on the browser (or you may see “Disabled”).
Step 6: From the dropdown, select “Enabled” and reopen the browser.
To enable password import in Chrome from the Command Line, follow the steps below:
If you are on Windows;
Step 1: Find the location of the Chrome installation folder.
It should either be C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application or C:\Program Files (x86) Chrome\Application by default.
Step 2: Copy the folder path from the File Explorer address bar.
Step 3: Go to Command Prompt, type CD and paste the path of your Chrome application folder.
Step 4: Click enter to simply change the directory to your Chrome application folder.
Step 5: Type the following command – chrome.exe -enable-features=PasswordImport, and press enter.
Step 6: This will reopen your Chrome browser, so go to settings page to confirm the “Import” option is enabled instead of “Saved Passwords”.
If you are using Mac;
Step 1: Open terminal and type the following command.
Step 2: Press enter and Chrome will relaunch with the “Import” option enabled.
Steps To Import Google Chrome Passwords
Having enabled password import, take a look at how to import Google Chrome Passwords below:
Step 1: Open Google Chrome.
Step 2: At the top-right corner, you will see the Customize and Control (three-dotted) button, click on it.
Step 3: Click on Settings, and click on You and Google.
Step 4: Under the “Autofill” section, choose the Passwords option.
Step 5: Next to “Saved passwords,” click the “More actions” (three-dotted) button and choose the Import passwords option.
Step 6: Choose the .csv file with the information you’re trying to import, and click the Open button.
Upon completion of the aforementioned steps, the passwords will now be imported into the browser, and Chrome password manager will update all the passwords from the CSV file to the browser.
Also, note that if there are already existing entries having the same username and password for the particular website, file upload will overwrite them.
How To Export Google Chrome Passwords
Exporting Google Chrome Passwords is not a hard nut to crack as you just need to activate the export button in Chrome after which you will export your saved passwords in a CSV file to a local computer.
The steps below will guide you on what to do:
Step 1: Go to “chrome://settings” URL on the address bar.
Step 2: Click on the “Passwords” option under the “Autofill” section.
Step 3: This will take you to the Chrome password manager, and you can also go to the password management section by using the command URL “chrome://settings/passwords” directly on the Chrome address bar.
Step 4: Click on the three dots button against the “Saved Passwords” option, and you will see an “Export password” button then click on it.
Step 5: Chrome will show you an export passwords prompt then click on the “Export Passwords” button.
Step 6: You are required to input the administrator password of your PC or Mac before you can export passwords from Chrome as this is the only security Chrome has to protect your passwords.
From what I have said, you can easily deduce that anyone who has the administrator password of your computer has the ability to download all your passwords from Chrome browser.
That being said, enter your admin password and click ok.
Step 7: Chrome will assign the file name as “Chrome Passwords” by default and the file format will be in comma-separated values, however, you are free to change the name of the file and select the destination folder you want to save on your computer.
Step 8: Now that you have the CSV file saved on your computer, use either Microsoft Excel on Windows or Apple Numbers on Mac to open it so as to see all your usernames and passwords stored in Chrome.
What Do I Do If The Export Password Option Is Not Available?
Unlike the most recent Chrome versions, Chrome versions below 69 do not have the Export passwords option, so if you use such, you may not see the “Export passwords” option in Chrome password manager.
Don’t fret as it can be enabled by using Chrome experimental features.
Just go to the “chrome://flags” command URL and search for the “Password export” flag, enable it, and then reopen the browser.
You will see the password export option available in the settings page.
Why It Is Important To Download Passwords
As I earlier stated, Google Chrome’s autofill feature lifts the stress of having to search or remember your passwords each time you login to websites.
However, you may want to have a backup of them as there are various scenarios where you may need to backup the passwords such as if you are changing your laptop or operating system (moving from Windows to Mac, maybe), for security purposes (maybe you feel someone downloaded your passwords from Chrome and you wish to change it), if you wish to modify the new passwords in bulk and re-upload into Chrome, or for some other reasons.
However, you must apply caution with password download because anyone with administrator access to your PC or Mac can easily download the passwords from Chrome.
In case you notice that someone tampered with your information, the first step you should do is to change your admin password, then go ahead to change the passwords in Chrome by downloading the CSV file and uploading back with new passwords.
Additionally, I strongly advise that after using the CSV file, delete it because anyone can easily open it and access the password information stored in Chrome since it is not password protected.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I transfer Chrome passwords to a new computer?
Use passwords saved to your Google Account to sign in to apps and sites on various devices. Turn on sync in Chrome on Android or Sign in to Chrome on your computer.
Manage auto sign-in
On your computer, open Chrome.
At the top right, click Profile Passwords .
Turn Auto sign-in on or off.
Can I export bookmarks and passwords from Chrome?
If you decide to use another browser, take all your Chrome bookmarks with you. On your computer, open Chrome. Bookmark Manager. Export Bookmarks.
How do I download all saved passwords?
See, delete, edit, or export passwords
On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app .
To the right of the address bar, tap More .
Tap Settings. Passwords.
See, delete, edit, or export a password: See: Tap the password you want to see. Show password. . Delete: Tap the password you want to remove.
Where are Chrome passwords stored?
Your saved passwords are stored in a file named “Login Data” in the App data folder of Google Chrome. To move your saved passwords to a new computer, you can back this up, save it to a thumb drive, and copy it.
How do I backup my Chrome passwords and history?
Backup and Restore Google Chrome Settings
Launch Chrome Browser.
Open the settings tab.
Turn on Sync.
Log into your Google account, if you’re not already logged in.
Access sync settings.
Select “manage sync.”
Turn on “Sync everything” if it’s disabled.
Launch Chrome Browser from another device.
Is the Google password manager safe?
They’re safely stored in your Google Account and are available across all your devices.
Does uninstalling Chrome remove passwords?
Your Google account is where the passwords are kept, not on your computer. Your saved bookmarks and passwords will still be present after you reinstall Chrome and sign into Google
Can Chrome passwords be hacked?
Your Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome login password may have been kept there by malicious software. It’s rather standard practice to save the login password for Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge in these web browsers. Most of us keep our passwords in Chrome or Edge for convenient login the next time.
Is Google password same as Chrome password?
The Google account information used for Gmail, YouTube, and other Google-affiliated websites is the same as the email address and password used in Chrome.
Therefore, you need to update your Google account password in order to change your Chrome password.
What is the easiest password manager to use?
Keeper — Most Secure Password Manager.
LastPass — Excellent Free Plan.
Sticky Password — Portable USB Version & Local Storage.
Avira Password Manager — Easy Setup & Intuitive Features.
Password Boss — Good Value With Many Extra Features.
Bitwarden — Best Open-Source Option.
I bet that with the information I have provided to you in this article, you can easily import and export Google Chrome passwords independently, and you’ve also gotten answers to most of the questions you may have concerning this topic.
That being said, in case of further questions or the need for clarity arises, feel free to let us know in the comment section.