Google Chrome now allows you to export the saved passwords in its built-in manager. This useful feature gives more mobility to users who can import their passwords into another manager. In this article, we show you how to proceed.
For most users, it’s simpler to stick to Chrome’s password manager, which is convenient, does not require downloading of any extensions, and can be accessed from any device, mobile-like desktop, as long as the browser is installed. The functionality is improved over the versions. From Chrome 64, it is possible to export passwords as a CSV file. A very useful option, both for those who use multiple browsers and for those who decide at some point to migrate to a third-party password manager such as 1Password or LastPass.
How to export Chrome passwords?
By default, the export of passwords is disabled. This requires activation from the advanced Google Chrome settings. To do this :
- Enter chrome: // flags in the browser search bar and validate
- In the search field that appears, type Password export to go directly to the option
- Click on the drop-down list next to it and select “Enable” for activation
- It is necessary to restart the browser to take into account changes. Click on the “Relaunch Now” button at the bottom of the screen to restart Chrome in one click
Export passwords in Chrome
Once the feature is enabled, an export option becomes visible in the “Passwords and Forms” section of the browser’s advanced settings. To get there :
- Click on the three vertical dots in the top right corner of Chrome and then on Settings
- Scroll down and click Advanced Settings
- Go to the section “Passwords and forms”> Manage Passwords
- To the right of Saved Passwords, click the three vertical dots, and then click Export.
- In the dialog box that opens, confirm the action by clicking EXPORT PASSWORDS
As a security measure, the browser requires you to enter the Windows password. After this step, your passwords are exported to a CSV file that you can open in a compatible software like Excel. If you retrieve them for import into another password manager, it would be prudent to delete the file once done, because the content is visible in clear and could be accessed by a third party with access to your computer.