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There is no default method provided by Google that allows you to save passwords manually in the Google Password Manager. However, you can certainly get the Google Password Manager to save a few passwords you provide manually with the workarounds enlisted below.
Let’s look at each one of them in detail:
1. Importing the CSV File
Google’s Password Manager offers an option to import passwords through a CSV file. This way, you can accomplish manually adding a password in Google Password Manager by importing the entries from the CSV file to the Manager.
Note: The feature must be explicitly enabled since it is an experimental one. Depending on the version of Chrome you have, the exact steps might vary a little, but the core idea remains the same.
- When running on version 79 of Chrome (December 2019), go to the following: chrome://flags/, find ‘Password import’ from the setting, and then tap and change it to ‘Enable’. Restart Chrome once enabled.
- For Chrome 93 (August 2021), you will need to initiate Chrome with the command line parameter –enable-features=PasswordImport. This is in contrast to enabling flagging in the earlier version of Chrome since the setting under chrome://flags/ no longer exists on the latest versions of Chrome.
Next, you will need to add an entry to the Google Password Manager with the steps described below:
- To add the password entry, create a CSV file for the same. Columns are listed by the first line, and then each line is representative of one password manager entry. This includes the site name, username, and password. The CSV file should look something like this:
name,url,username,password example.org,https://example.org/,user,secret example2.org,https://example2.org/,anotheruser,extrasecret […]
- It is ideal to export your existing passwords to a file that should be located under “Settings” / “Saved Passwords” / “Export passwords”, in the overflow menu. Once exported, edit the file (the CSV file) using a text editor of your choice which is set to use UTF-8 text encoding. This will ensure that you get the previous step right.
- Open the overflow menu in the Google Password Manager and import the CSV file you just created in the previous two steps using the ‘Import’ option.
Here is what you should know:
- Import the CSV file, using “Import” (also in the overflow menu in the Password Manager).
- You should know that “Import” will add entries to your database. It’s safe to create a new file with just the new entries you want to add, and then import it. Existing entries will stay the same. If you import a site that already has an entry, it will be replaced by the new one.
2. Using Suggest Password Feature
The Suggest Password feature in Chrome is a way to manually add passwords. Once the space is filled with the suggested password, replace it with the actual password. Here are the steps that are explained in more detail:
- If you want to save the password manually, open the website for which you want to save the password. To sign in, go to its sign-in page.
- The field has a username in it. The password field can be accessed by clicking on it and then selecting Suggest password from the menu.
- Click on the option Use Suggested Password to use a password. The suggested password will be saved in the Google Password Manager.
- Go to Passwords from Chrome Settings.
- You can use the search at the top to find the same website. Click on the three-dot icon next to the website and select Edit password. Tap on the three-dot icon next to the website and then tap on ‘Edit Password’.
- In the pop-up window that appears, replace the suggested password with the actual password and hit ‘Save’ to save the manually added password.
3. Add/Import Password From Other Browser
You can either use the first method to import a CSV file or the native option in CHROME if you need to move passwords from other browsers to Chrome. You have to import the password file from the other browser in order to use method 1.
You can use in-built functions of Chrome for browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox. Click on Import bookmarks and settings when you open the Chrome settings.
The drop-down menu has two options: Internet Explorer or Firefox. The Saved passwords box needs to be checked. You can keep all the options enabled if you need them. Hit the Import button to import.
4. Using DevTools
You can add a password input field to a page if you want to save a password, and begin writing it into the field if you don’t already have a password field. A small key icon can be found in the navigation bar of Google Chrome, which will allow you to store the password onto that domain.
Below is a step-by-step guide on how you can add a password-input field into the page with Chrome DevTools:
- Go to the website wherein the password input field is not available by default.
- Hit F12 on the keyboard to open the Chrome DevTools; you can also alternatively press CTRL+Shift+C to open DevTools.
- Now, right-click on an element and hit ‘Inspect’ to inspect that element.
- Now, select the tab ‘Elements’.
- Next, you will be required to select any HTML tag, preferably a small one, and edit it by hitting F2 or by double-clicking it.
- Append the following element: <input type=”password”>.
- To save the following element, click on any other HTML tag.
- Now, manually add a password into this input field you just created on the website using Google Chrome DevTools.
How to disable the Autofill/Autocorrect feature from Google Password Manager?
It can be pesky to have the input fields on a particular website being auto-filled when you did not want them to be. To turn off the Autofill feature in Chrome via Google Password Manager, here is what you need to do:
- Click on the Chrome menu icon that is placed as three dots at the top right of the screen.
- Click on Settings, and then navigate to the ‘Autofill’ section.
- Now, expand the area that you wish to disable, and then toggle the setting ‘OFF’, in case it is on.
- The change will automatically be saved in your settings.
How to force Google Password Manager to save passwords?
If Google Password Manager is not asking to save a password by default when you input a new password on a new/old website, you can force it to save the password using multiple methods, both in Mac and Windows OS, enlisted below:
There can be many reasons why the Chrome browser is not saving the passwords when you visit a new site. Here are some methods which will help you to get Chrome to save a password when you visit a site on your Windows OS:
Enable the “Save Passwords” option in Google Password Manager
Mostly the unchecked Save Passwords is the reason why Chrome browser does prompt you to save a password on your Windows PC. It is a common issue, and it can be fixed by just following these simple steps;
- Launch the Chrome Browser on your Windows PC.
- Go to the menu ( three-dot icon ) option on the top right corner of the browser.
- In the pop-up menu scroll down to Settings, and click on it to open Settings.
- In the new screen, scroll down, and select the “Passwords” option under the “Autofill” heading.
- Now you need to check the “Offer to save passwords” option available.
- Close the Settings.
From now onwards every time you visit a site and enter a password Chrome will ask if you want to save the login credentials.
Here is another way to enable the above settings; in this process, we will enable the Save Passwords to feature using a Google account.
- Launch a browser, type in “passwords.google.com” in the address bar, and hit “Enter”.
- You will get to see the “Password Manager” page on the screen; on the top right corner of the screen, you will find a gear icon click on it.
- Now in the “Settings” menu, enable the “Offer to save passwords” option.
- Close the browser.
Delete “Never Save” Sites
Other than asking to save passwords, Chrome also offers the never save sign-in credentials for a particular site for the user’s privacy. When you are on a site and trying to sign in, a pop-up comes asking to save passwords or never save them. If a user chooses the “Never Save” option, Chrome will not ask to save passwords for that particular site if you visit again, even if the “Save Passwords” option is enabled.
If you have mistakenly chosen the never save option and went to reverse the option just follow the instructions given below:
- Launch the Chrome browser on your Windows PC.
- Click on the menu icon (three-dot icon) on the top right corner of the screen.
- In the popup menu, select “Settings”, then click on “Passwords” under the “Autofill” heading.
- Scroll down to locate the “Never Saved” menu, in the Never Saved menu you will get a list of sites for which you chose the “Never Save” option.
- Locate the site for which you want the password to be saved, and then click on the “X” icon next to the site to remove it from the list.
- Now since you have deleted that particular site from the Never Save list, Chrome will ask you to save passwords next time when you log into the site.
Fix for Sites That Don’t Allow You to Save Passwords
There are some sites that don’t allow you to save passwords on browsers solely for security reasons; this is another reason why your Chrome Browser doesn’t ask you to save passwords for a site. But you need not worry as we have a solution to fix this problem, just follow the instructions given below:
- Open the Chrome browser on your PC.
- Type in ‘chrome://flags/#enable-password-force-saving’ in the address bar and hit “Enter”.
- Go to the “Force-saving of passwords” option, and choose “Enabled” from the drop-down menu next to it.
- At the bottom right of the page, you will find the blue “Relaunch” button, click on it.
- Now relaunch Chrome Browser, visit the particular site that was previously used to prevent the “Save Password” pop-up.
- Sign in to your account, and then right-click on the Password box of the site and then choose the “Save Password” option.
If you are struggling to save passwords on Chrome Browser on your macOS device, here is a solution to help fix the issue:
Enable the “Save Passwords” option
If the “Save Passwords” or the autofill fiction is not enabled, then it is the reason why Chrome is not saving passwords on your Mac OS device.
Here are the steps to follow in order to enable the “Save Passwords” feature in Chrome on a macOS device.
- Launch the Chrome Browser on your macOS device.
- Go to the menu option ( three-dot icon) on the top right corner of the browser.
- Navigate to the “Settings” option, and select it from the drop-down menu.
- In the Settings menus, locate the “Autofill” heading, and click on the “Passwords” option.
- Check the “Offer to save passwords” option, if it’s unchecked.
- Close the Settings tab. Now onwards whenever you visit a site and sign in, Chrome Browser will ask to save passwords.
Why should you use the Google Password Manager?
Since Google Password Manager saves both your sensitive and non-sensitive passwords when given permission to do so, it is okay to be concerned about how safe it really is.
If we go by the short route, we would say, Google Password Manager is a fairly safe service provided by Google to store your passwords without sparing worry over your data being compromised.
Here is why:
Saving passwords for later is riskier than storing them, but Google Password Manager protects them from being stolen. The operating system vault in Chrome is used to safeguard passwords saved in Google Password Manager. The passwords are protected via encryption when they are uploaded to the Cloud, as well.
The stored password can’t be seen without an admin pass, even if someone has access to your browser. You can protect yourself from even the most advanced security measures by using the passphrase in the Chrome browser, and your passwords can not be accessed by Google itself, without your specific permissions.
Since phishers can steal passwords and other sensitive data by tricking users into visiting a fake website, when you save your credentials in Google Password Manager, they won’t show up on a fake website.
Passwords are protected by the security technology used by Google Password Manager. It makes it simpler to use secure and complex passwords without having to remember them and is a strong and secure tool that can be used for both personal and business purposes.
Now that we are thorough with how safe Google Password Manager is, let us look at the three major highlights (and advantages) of Google Password Manager:
Auto Detect and Fill Webforms
It is necessary to register to access many online services. The Google Password Manager only requires you to enter the correct information once. When you register for a new account with the password manager, you can get password suggestions that meet the specific security requirements of the web page.
Passwords and other login information will be saved by the Google Password Manager when you register for a web service. You don’t need to type in a password every time you want to access a restricted page. This feature can help to solve the problem of forgetting passwords, as you don’t need to memorize them.
The Password Manager for the Chrome browser will ask for permission to save the password if you type it into a page for the first time.
Centrally Manage your Account Info
You can organize your passwords in one place with Google Password Manager. All of the saved passwords can be accessed from local storage, wherever you log in and wish to access your password. If you recently logged into a new device using your Google Account, you can access your login information from any device you choose; just log in with your account at https://passwords.google.com.