In our Chrome Flags tutorial, we talked about the 10 most useful flags settings that can improve your browsing experience. Today, in this post we are going to put our heads together about yet another useful flag that can be used to export and import passwords in Chrome browser.
Needless to say, passwords are a really crucial asset. Saving it in a browser makes things easy for you. You don’t need to go back in your head and try to remember it every time. What if you want to back up your passwords? You don’t get an option to export and import your saved passwords by default in Chrome – but you can enable the same via Chrome flags. Here’s how to import or export passwords from the Manage passwords section in Settings, by enabling a Chrome flag.
Export and Import Passwords in Chrome
UPDATE: Things have changed in recent versions of Chrome browser. Please read the full post as well as the comments. You may now use ChromePass to manage your passwords.
In current versions of Chrome, you can directly copy-paste the following in Chrome’s address bar and hit Enter to open Import/Export:
The following method applies to earlier versions of Chrome only. Now we suggest you use a 3rd-party tool to export and import Chrome passwords.
1. In earlier versions, you could launch Chrome browser, then type “chrome://flags” or “about://flags” in the address bar and hit Enter.
2. In the Chrome flags window, hit Ctrl+F and search for “password import and export”. The corresponding flag entry should be highlighted. Available for all the major desktop OS platforms, this flag can be used to directly export or import your saved passwords in Chrome. From the drop-down menu, select Enabled to turn the flag on. Now, relaunch your browser to make the changes effective.
3. After relaunching the browser, navigate to Chrome settings menu by entering chrome://settings in the address bar. Scroll down to the bottom and click on Show advanced settings.
4. Scroll down further through Advanced settings to section named Passwords and forms.
5. Click on Manage passwords link to administer your saved passwords, as shown in the image above. A new window should pop up with all your saved passwords.
6. Scroll down through the list and look for Export and Import buttons at the end of the list.
Settings before enabling the flag:
Settings after enabling the flag:
7. Click Export to download all your password entries to your PC. You’ll be prompted to enter your Windows user account password for authorization.
8. Once Windows account password is entered and validated, you can save your passwords in a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file format on your PC.
9. Similarly, if you want to import any password to your Chrome browser and store it in saved passwords, you can prepare a CSV file with the following values mentioned in the file:
- Name: Website name on which you have the account
- URL: Login URL for the website
- Username: Your active username on the website
- Password: Password for the mentioned username
10. The Import button lets you import your saved passwords.
This small experimental feature can come in handy when you want to have a backup of your saved passwords in Chrome so that in the case of any unforeseen circumstances, you can restore them in your browser.
ChromePass is a free password recovery tool for Windows which allows you to view the user names and passwords stored by Google Chrome Web browser. You can select the items and then save them into an HTML/XML/Text file or copy them to the clipboard.
You may also use this tool from Github to make Chrome show all your passwords in format ready to import in other browsers.
NOTES: Please read comment by StefanB and Dig1Digger below.