Traditional text-based passwords are here to stay, even in our modern age of smartphones with advanced fingerprint scanners and face unlock capabilities. The best Android phones can only do so much to protect our online accounts if we rely on outdated password technology to secure our data. The goal for the future is to do away with old-fashioned passwords, known to many as the passwordless future. In the meantime, Google offers an updated Password Manager feature to keep our passwords safe until we reach that point.
When you use the Google Chrome browser to save your online account passwords, you can access it on a desktop computer, a smartphone, or a Chromebook. This guide covers where to find your saved account passwords in the Google Chrome browser and how to use the updated Password Manager feature.
How to access your passwords in Google Chrome on Android
Here’s how to find your passwords and use them to log in to your favorite places:
- Open the Chrome app, then tap the three-dot menu in the top-right corner.
- Go to Institutions > password manager.
- Scroll through the passwords and choose the account whose password you want to view.
- Enter your PIN or biometrics to access your saved account credentials.
- You will see a new summary screen with the account name and saved password hidden by default. Press eye icon to enter the password or to copy icon to paste it elsewhere via the clipboard. Likewise, you can tap the Edit to update the account credentials or tap the To delete button to remove it.
- Tap the back arrow to return to the main menu password manager page.
There you have it. You can access all your saved passwords in Google Chrome. You can also access your data on your desktop.
Access your passwords in Google Chrome on a desktop or Chromebook
If you’re working in a desktop web browser or using your Chromebook, you can quickly and easily find your saved passwords.
- Open the Chrome browser, then tap the three-dot menu in the top-right corner.
- Go to in the top left corner Autocomplete > password manager.
- Browse the list of passwords stored in your Google account.
- Click the eye icon to reveal the hidden password for an account.
- Tap the three-dot menu on the right to access the Copy password, Edit passwordand To delete options for that account. You can copy the password to paste elsewhere, edit your account credentials, or delete it completely.
- Enter your PIN, password, or biometrics to confirm your choice.
Click the site address on the left to go to the website for that saved account.
And that’s all. You can access all passwords stored in Google Chrome on your desktop.
How to access your saved passwords on Android without opening Google Chrome
Google has made a small change that allows you to access your passwords on Android faster than before. The process was already simple, but now you can create a shortcut on your home screen that takes you to the Password Manager page. And you don’t need to open Google Chrome beforehand.
Follow these steps to get started managing your passwords from your home screen:
- Go to Institutions > Passwords & accounts.
- Below the Autofill service section for Googleselect the institutions gear icon on the right.
- Crane Passwords. You can also tap the search bar at the top of the Settings app and enter the term password manager.
- Below the Google Play Services section, select the password manager input to continue.
- Press institutions gear icon in the top right corner.
- Select Add shortcut to your home screen.
- Press Add to home screen knob. You can also long press the Passwords icon to manually drag and drop it to your home screen if needed.
- Return to your home screen to find a new shortcut icon named Passwords. Tap the icon to go to the main menu password manager page. You can move this shortcut icon to a location that works best for you. You can also put it in a folder with other shortcuts you use often.
Do you need to use the on-device encryption feature for your passwords?
With on-device encryption, you can lock the saved passwords on your Google account with a unique security key. Once the feature is set up, you need to sign in with your Google account from the security key device. You then have control over your passwords at that time. However, it can be risky as you will lose access to it if you lose the key.
The encryption feature on the device can be an attractive choice for those who want to take their passwords into their own hands. Offering this option means that Google takes personal account security seriously, regardless of your skill level with the topic. But since this feature is optional, we only recommend it for advanced or experienced users who want more control over their passwords. If you’re willing to try on-device encryption, you should rest easy knowing that your passwords are incredibly secure. Be extra careful not to lose or misplace your device.
You want easy access to your saved account passwords to make your life easier
Accessing saved account credentials in the Google Chrome browser on a smartphone, desktop computer, or Chromebook helps keep your life simple. Since everything we do today is online, you’ll probably be looking at these passwords more often now than you did in the past. As your list of saved passwords continues to grow, the password manager protects them from outside threats. Don’t forget about the Check passwords option on the Password Manager main screen to ensure that none of them have been affected by a third-party data breach.
Password managers can do more than keep passwords neat and organized. Check out the top reasons to use a password manager to protect your passwords, online accounts, and personal information.