How to Export and Import passwords in Chrome browser

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.

Read: How to import Bookmarks, Passwords to Chrome browser from another browser.

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:

  • chrome://flags/#password-import-export
  • chrome://settings/passwords

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.

How to export and import passwords in Chrome browser

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.

export and import passwords in Chrome browser

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:

How to export and import passwords in Chrome browser

Settings after enabling the flag:

How to export and import passwords in Chrome browser

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.

How to export and import passwords in Chrome browser

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.

How to export and import passwords in Chrome browser

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.

BillA adds in Comments:

In Chrome 65.x the import/export flags have changed to:

chrome://flags/#PasswordImport
chrome://flags/#PasswordExport

Select “Enabled” then close down ALL chrome windows and relaunch it, and you’ll be able to import/export your passwords into a file.

Use Tools

Recover Chrome browser passwords

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.

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41 Comments

  1. Woomera

    thanks for the guide, really handy.

  2. Thanks for your resourceful article. i have read from start to finish point. it was helpful for me.

  3. Alex Jackson

    I wish it would import but will not…
    Don’t think I missed anything..

    Thank’s in advance

  4. Kelly

    Thank you SOOOOO much

  5. Gerard Diepeveen

    Everything went ok, until the step for import export buttons, no such buttons in the Dutch version of Chrome version: 54.0.2840.99 m (32/64bit)

  6. Jon Kriet

    Many thanks

  7. [SOLUTION] IMPORT / EXPLORT doesn’t show up?

    1. Copy-paste this in the Chrome address bar and press enter: chrome://flags/#password-import-export
    2. Activate
    3. Restart Chrome
    4. Copy-paste this in the Chrome address bar and press enter: chrome://settings/passwords
    5. Export from one Chrome account
    6. Import from the other Chrome account

  8. SturgC

    Phew! Thanks for this guide!

  9. R

    Thanks!! Now it working!

  10. I’ve scrolled down many times but I have no buttons. What’s the trick?

  11. As StefanB mentioned above, copy-paste chrome://flags/#password-import-export in Chrome address bar and hit Enter.

  12. Open chrome://settings/passwords and open console (F12) type document.getElementById(‘password-manager-import’).click() or document.getElementById(‘password-manager-export’).click() … enjoy us 😉

  13. Issa Mugisha

    Thank you for this helpful guide.

  14. Sunnyellow88

    It didn’t work for me… 🙁

  15. ahmadsyar

    doesnt work. the button did not show up. help please.

  16. Doesn’t work for me either, despite enabling the flag. No buttons appear.

  17. You can directly copy-paste the following in Chrome’s address bar and hit Enter to open Import/Export:

    chrome://flags/#password-import-export
    chrome://settings/passwords

  18. KrisPage

    Information is redundant now. There are no Export or Import buttons at the bottom when I do this (July 2017 Version 59.0.3071.115 (Official Build) (64-bit)

  19. Things have changed in recent versions of Chrome browser. Now you need to directly copy-paste the following in Chrome’s address bar and hit Enter to open Import/Export or manage Passwords:

    chrome://flags/#password-import-export
    chrome://settings/passwords

  20. mins

    Tried coping and pasting the below commands at least 10 times still no Import/Export buttons. Spent past 2 hrs in this, no use
    chrome://flags/#password-import-export
    chrome://settings/passwords

  21. mins

    google disabled this option from latest 59 version. Not sure if there is a work around.

  22. Wojciech Olszewski

    You dont see export button cause you have checked sync passwords with Google Cloud. Maybe this tool will help http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/chromepass.html

  23. dig1digger

    This is a fix to Import/Export not showing up :

    1. Go to chrome://flags
    2. ctrl+f search “material”
    3. disabled all material design features
    4. restart
    5. the export button has now returned

    Have fun!

  24. dig1digger

    1. Go to chrome://flags
    2. ctrl+f search “material”
    3. disabled all material design features
    4. restart
    5. the export button has now returned

  25. Greg Seymour

    Well, this was a waste of time. The promised buttons just aren’t there. I mean what’s the point in writing this “how to” anyway? Did you test it?
    THIS DOES NOT WORK.

  26. David Mellor

    Hi, I too had the issue where ‘promised buttons’ didn’t appear even after the ‘material’ disable fix described above. I was about to try another method (console js, mentioned elsewhere) and the procedure there said to first navigate to chrome://settings-frame/passwords. When I did that the buttons were visible – so it would seem that for me using settings-frame rather than settings made a difference – for me it is repeatable. Posted just in case it works for others as well.
    My chrome version: Version 59.0.3071.109 (Developer Build) Built on Ubuntu , running on LinuxMint 17 (32-bit)

  27. dion

    This works perfectly. I was able to see the buttons and export passwords.

    Thank you

  28. Michael

    FINALLY!!!! Thank you David Mellor!!!!

  29. Michael

    I guess I spoke to soon, the buttons are the and functional but it does not import my saved passwords…i go through all the steps and it acts like it works but nothing actually happens.

  30. David Mellor

    I only needed the export. However I have just tried the import facility by exporting, deleting an existing password record and then importing the exported file. Record was recovered, so working OK. If you’ve not already done something similar may be worth a try, as if this works for you, would seem to suggest the problem is with the csv file you are trying to import?

  31. ElZed

    Thanks!

    As I’m about to ditch chrome as my primary browser, I needed an easy way of dumping all the saved passwords for the various ‘non critical’ accounts on websites I’d registered with, all the other methods outlined above didn’t work, and I was about to do things the ‘hard way’ (cutting and pasting all the revealed/showed individual passwords from the normal password page)

    The link you posted worked first time.

  32. Nick

    Doesn’t work, enable/disable very ambiguous

  33. Theresa

    Access your passwords from any device at Passwords.google.com
    no need to import export!

  34. mood-angry

    Gooooogleeeya you’re suck
    dl: vbox, w7, install run w7, disable updates! create 2 users
    user1: dl old version of chrome (57 worked for me), log to gmail account1, enable password i/e, export passwords to csv file
    user2: dl old version of chrome (57 worked for me), log to gmail account2, enable password i/e, import passwords to csv file
    Profit.
    and why google disable it?

  35. Not working for me
    Export option is still not displaying. 🙁

  36. BillA

    In Chrome 65.x the import/export flags have changed to:

    chrome://flags/#PasswordImport
    chrome://flags/#PasswordExport

    Select “Enabled” then close down ALL chrome windows and relaunch it, and you’ll be able to import/export your passwords into a file.

  37. BillA

    You must not value your privacy to allow google to store your passwords somewhere in the cloud, for malicious hackers to have fun with them.
    But lots of other folks do. 😉

    If you don’t wish to save your password online, here’s a simple method to import/export it to a file on a portable flash/thumb drive.
    In Chrome 65.x the import/export flags have changed to:

    chrome://flags/#PasswordImport
    chrome://flags/#PasswordExport

    Select “Enabled” then close down ALL chrome windows and relaunch it, and you’ll be able to import/export your passwords to a file on a portable flash/thumb drive.
    This way it’s not out there for hackers to grab them. 😉

  38. brian connelly

    This does work. However, with the new version, the export/import buttons are in the the three dot tab under the save passwords to other devices section. Just took a minute to figure it out….

  39. Alison Brelsford

    Use Ctrl+F to find the word Password in the list – there’s Import Passwords and Export Passwords about half way down. It has worked for me!

  40. tom_harries

    Thanks – I eventually figured this out in the end!

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