Saving passwords on browser or password manager is something you can’t really avoid, especially if you have many online accounts. This is because you might not be able to remember all your login details for every online account. Besides, it is advisable to use a strong and unique password for each account.
In this article, you will learn the 3 best ways on how to import passwords in Chrome Browser.
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- Why save your passwords on browser or password Manager?
- How to Import Passwords in Chrome Browser
Why save your passwords on browser or password Manager?
As mentioned earlier, it is easier to retrieve login details for each account if they are saved, since you don’t need to memorize them.
More so, saving passwords encourages using strong and unique passwords for each account. This helps to reduce the damage that can be done to your accounts should one of your passwords get compromised.
How to Import Passwords in Chrome Browser
There are several ways through which you can import saved passwords for faster and easy logins.
You will be needing a google account in order to effectively import your saved passwords on chrome browser. Although one of the methods does not need Google account for it to be implemented.
Method 1: Import Passwords from Sync
This method will be useful if you have previously opted to save passwords on Google Chrome and they were synced.
Follow the steps below to import already synced passwords on Google Chrome
How to sync passwords in chrome
- Install Chrome on the device in question and open it
- Login with the same Google account used to sync your saved password
- Turn on Sync
- Go to settings > Passwords, you will notice that all your passwords have been imported.
Method 2: Import Chrome Passwords from CSV
There are two ways to import passwords into Chrome with a CSV file which will be discussed in this section: 1. Import directly on PC/desktop browser and 2. import passwords from CSV file into google password manager.
A CSV is a Comma Separated Values file, it allows data to be saved and stored in a table format just like in a spreadsheet file. Many browsers allow you to export your saved password in this file format (.csv), but you should be very careful when doing so because your passwords can be exposed to anyone that has access to the CSV file, as it is just stored in plain text.
When you manage to open passwords saved in a CSV file, you will notice that there are columns; name, url, username and password, where the details of each login are saved on the row respectively.
Let’s go ahead and discuss how you can import passwords in Chrome browser on desktops and phones from a CSV file.
1. How to import passwords into Google Password Manager with CSV
Google Password Manager helps you to save, manage and protect your passwords. These passwords are securely stored on your google account and accessible across all your devices.
Maybe you’ve got CSV file of your passwords exported from another browser, follow the steps below to import them to Google Password Manager, then sync them afterwards.
Note: This method will work perfectly for both PC and Mobile version of Chrome.
- Open Google Password Manager and login using your google account
- Click on the Settings icon
- Click on “Import”
- You will be prompted to verify your account by logging in again
- When you have verified, click “Select file” on the next screen, then locate the CSV file on your device and select it, then click “Import“.
Your passwords will now be imported to your Google account.
- You will now need to login to Chrome in any device with the same google account, turn on sync, then your passwords will be imported to Chrome automatically.
2. How to Transfer Chrome Passwords to New Computer with CSV
Chrome for PC/Desktop allows you to export and import passwords directly inside the browser.
To transfer chrome passwords to a new computer, you have to first of all have the passwords saved in csv file.
N.B.: this method will not work with the mobile version of Chrome, as it doesn’t have the option to import password directly on the browser from a CSV file.
Follow the steps below to export Google Chrome passwords to a .csv file, to import later on a new computer.
Step 1: How to export google Chrome passwords on PC
To export passwords on google chrome:
- Open Google Chrome, click on the 3 dots at top-right (Menu) and select settings
- When Settings open, click Autofill from the left menu and select Password manager
- On the passwords’ page, click the three dots at the top-right and tap export
- Choose location and save the passwords (the passwords will now be exported to .csv)
When you have exported the passwords, follow the steps below to import the exported passwords on a new or another computer.
Step 2: How to Import Password on Google Chrome PC
- Copy the CSV file that contains the passwords on your PC
- Enable Password import.
By default, you can only export passwords in chrome.
To enable Password Import in Chrome browser:
- Open Chrome and enter “chrome://flags/” without the quotes on the address bar and hit the enter button
- Enter “Password import” on the search box
- Select enable from the dropdown list on the right
- After Enabling password import, go to Chrome settings, select “Autofill” from the left menu, then click “Password Manager“
- On the Password Manager page, click on the 3 dots beside “Add” and select “Import Passwords“
- Click “Choose file“, then locate the CSV file and open it. The passwords will now be imported to Chrome.
That is all about importing passwords directly on Chrome browser for desktop.
Hope you picked the best method that worked for you to Import Passwords in Chrome.
Ensure you delete your exported passwords after using it to avoid it being exposed to third party.
Change your google account password often, and most importantly, activate two factor authentication on your Google account to tighten your account security.
Ensure you enable app lock for Chrome browser on Phone and Desktop.