How to export passwords from Google Chrome

If you have been using Chrome’s password saving feature, you will end up with dozens of them. What happens when you want to export them to another PC or browser? Chrome does not let you export passwords by default, but there is a hidden option that lets you do it. Let’s see how we can use it.

1: Do you save passwords on Chrome?

Nowadays, every Internet service (there are millions of them) asks for a username and a password. Using the same information on several services is a bad idea. If a webpage is hacked or your data is stolen, every site on which you have used the stolen username and password will be left unprotected.

So, we end up using dozens or hundreds of different passwords that are impossible to remember if they are well created.

When you use a lot of Internet services, the best option is to use a password manager. These apps save your encrypted passwords. When a service needs them, it automatically uses them to log in, preventing you from having to retype them.

Google Chrome features a password manager that lets you save the encrypted passwords that you use on webpages. The manager is really useful because it asks you which passwords you want to save, detecting the websites on which the passwords were used and logging in to them.

With this tutorial, we will see how to export passwords from Chrome, which is something that cannot be done by default.

Is Chrome’s password manager enabled? Let’s make sure.

Run Google Chrome and sign in to your Google account. Then click the three vertical dots icon on the upper right corner. In the drop-down menu that appears, click Settings:

Inside Settings, scroll down and click Advanced. You will see an option called Manage passwords under Passwords and forms.

Check if the password manager is enabled. If it is not and you want to use it, click Enable.

From this moment onward, Google will ask if you want to save the password every time that you log in to a web service after manually typing the username and password. If you do that, the manager will automatically type the password the next time you log in to a webpage (it will only log in if you click on the webpage’s log in button).

The list of saved passwords will be shown under Manage passwords.

2: The hidden option to export passwords

The upside of saving passwords on Chrome is that they are actually saved on your Google account, meaning that you can access them on any Chrome version installed on your PC, smartphone or tablet.

However, Google Chrome does not let you export your passwords, meaning that you cannot print them or save them as a file to use them on another browser or PC. At least not directly. Luckily, there is a hidden option that lets you export passwords from Google Chrome. Let’s enable it.

Run Google Chrome and go to this page:

chrome://flags/#PasswordExport

What you are actually doing is going into Chrome’s hidden options, specifically to Password export, which is the hidden option that will let you export your passwords.

You will see this on screen:

On Password export, click Enabled on the drop-down menu in order to export passwords from Google Chrome.

Restart the browser so the change takes effect.

3: Export the passwords as a text file

It is time to go back to Password manager to see what is different.

Go into Chrome’s Settings (remember the three vertical dots). Click Advanced, Passwords and forms, and then Manage passwords.

As you can see, now there is a new icon with three vertical dots on top of the saved passwords, and it has the Export passwords option:

Once we click it, a window to export your passwords will be shown:

Then Windows Security will pop up and ask you to type your Windows username and password. Pay attention: this is not your Google Chrome account but the account that you use on Windows, that is, the one that you use when you install the OS or when you download stuff from the Windows Store:

When you type the information, a *.CSV file will be saved on any folder you choose:

Every password you have used on Chrome will be in this file. Be careful with it because it is a simple unprotected Excel file that anyone can open. Save it somewhere safe or print it and delete it.

Some browsers can use passwords stored in CSV files, so you can import them directly.