How to import and backup saved passwords in Google Chrome

​Google Chrome Password Manager lets you save usernames and passwords and automatically use them to log in to websites you visit. If you ever decide to switch from or to Google Chrome and want to take your saved passwords with you, this guide will help you.

With data breaches and credential stuffing attacks running rampant, it is more important than ever to use a unique and robust password at every site they visit.

Thus, many users turn to their web browser to act as a password manager and save passwords as they log in to sites.As Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, it is important to understand how you can manage import and export your saved passwords in the browser.

With so much of our life being saved online, it is also equally as essential to have an export of your passwords saved to a secure location in an emergency.

We will guide you through these steps below.

How to import saved passwords into Google Chrome

If you switch from another browser to Google Chrome, you can import saved credentials from Internet Explorer or Firefox.

To import your saved passwords from these browsers, please follow these steps:

  1. Open Chrome and enter the chrome://settings/importData URL into the Google Chrome address bar and press enter.
  2. You will now be shown a screen asking what browser you would like to import your bookmarks and settings.  From the drop-down menu, you can only import saved passwords from Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. 
    Select the browser to import passwords
    Select the browser to import passwords

    Select one of the browsers that you wish to import passwords from.

  3. You will now be shown a screen asking what data you would like to import. Uncheck every item other than ‘Saved passwords,’ as shown below.
    Select 'Saved passwords'
    Select ‘Saved passwords’
  4. Now click on the Import button, and your saved passwords will be imported. If the browser you are importing passwords from is open, you may be asked to close it first.
  5. To access your imported passwords, open the Chrome Password Manager by entering chrome://settings/passwords into the address bar, and pressing enter.

    Your imported passwords will be displayed under the ‘Saved Passwords’ section.

    Imported passwords
    Imported passwords
  6. You can now close Chrome or continue using it.

How to export and backup saved passwords in Google Chrome

If you want to export your saved passwords from Google to make a backup or import them into another program, you can export them as a comma-separated value (CSV) file.

To export Google Chrome passwords, please follow these steps:

  1. Open Chrome and enter the chrome://settings/passwords URL into the address bar and press enter.
  2. You will now be at the Google Chrome Password Manager.

    Above the ‘Saved Passwords’ section, click on the hamburger menu (Chrome menu) button and select ‘Export passwords…‘, as shown in the image below.

    Export Chrome passwords
    Export Chrome passwords
  3. You will now be shown a confirmation asking if you are sure you wish to export your passwords. Click on the Export passwords… button to proceed.
    Export confirmation
    Export confirmation
  4. If on Windows 10, you will be shown a final authentication message asking you to enter your password or pin. 
    Enter Windows PIN or password
    Enter Windows PIN or password
  5. Once you authenticate in Windows, you will be shown a Save as dialog box. Select the folder you would like to save the ‘Chrome Passwords.csv’ file.
    Save dialog box
    Save dialog box
  6. Your passwords will now be saved in the ‘Chrome Passwords.csv’ CSV file. You can now use the file to import your passwords into another program, open the file in Notepad to see your passwords or print them to save them in a secure location.
    Exported passwords
    Exported passwords
  7. You can now close Google Chrome.

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