Google Chrome: password export and import
Google Chrome users who wanted to export or import passwords had to use experimental features or third-party tools up until now to do so.
Chrome allowed users to import passwords during setup, but Chrome did not offer options to run import or export operations until recently.
The following guide shows how you can import or export passwords using Google Chrome. Note that the methods described require Chrome 66 or newer.
Chrome: how to import passwords
You can run password imports at any time in Chrome if you missed to import passwords from other browsers during setup or want to run the import operation sometime after installation.
You can import passwords from the following web browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.
Here is what you need to do:
- Load chrome://settings/importData in the Chrome address bar to open the Import bookmarks and settings menu.
- Select Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer.
- Make sure "saved passwords" is selected.
- Click on the import button to start the process.
Chrome imports passwords from the selected web browser. You can repeat the process for the other browser that is supported.
Tip: If you need to import passwords from a browser that Chrome does not support, check if Firefox or Internet Explorer support importing passwords from that browser.Â While that prolongs the process, you may use it to get passwords from an unsupported browser into Chrome.
Chrome: how to export passwords
You can export saved passwords starting with Chrome 66. Note that the passwords are saved to a plain text CSV file; anyone with access to the file may read (and use) all passwords listed in the file.
Let me show you how to export passwords in Chrome:
- Load chrome://settings/passwords in the browser's address bar.
- Click on the menu icon (the three dots) on the Saved Passwords line.
- Select Export passwords from the menu that opens.
- Activate the "export passwords" button on the warning screen.
- Type your Windows username and password for verification.
- Select a location to save the password file to.
Google Chrome users can import saved passwords from Internet Explorer or Safari, but Google never added an option to the browser to import or export passwords using the browser's UI unti
While Chrome users may use sync to synchronize their passwords to other devices they use Chrome on, users who don't use sync or want to import Chrome passwords into another browser cannot use that functionality.
This leaves browser extensions, and an experimental password import and export option. Google Chrome users could enable the flag up until recently to enable password importing and exporting.
With Google changing Chrome's interfaces and such, that option on its own is no longer functional. While it is still possible to enable the flag, the menu to export or import passwords is not linked anymore anywhere in Chrome.
There is a solution however, and this guide explains how that is done right now.
Old content that is no longer valid. It may still be useful if you run older versions of the Chrome browser.
Update: Google removed the option to export and import passwords directly in Chrome 61. There is no way currently to export Chrome passwords directly using the web browser.
The only three options you have are to either import the passwords using a different web browser, e.g.Firefox. Vivaldi or Opera, use a third-party software like the free Nirsoft application ChromePass, or use a password management extension.
ChromePass lists all passwords of Google Chrome, and comes with an option to export the data.
The final option that you have is to use a password management extension for Chrome. While that won't give you direct access to your data, it means that you get access to your passwords on any device and in any browser the password manager supports. You can check out LastPass for that for instance.
Google Chrome: password export and import
The first thing that needs to be done is to enable the flag.
- Load chrome://flags/#password-import-export in the browser's address bar.
- Activate the selection menu and set the flag to enabled.
- Chrome displays a prompt to restart the web browser. Use it to restart the browser.
The feature works in Chrome for Windows, Linux, Mac and Chrome OS.
Importing or exporting passwords
All that is left to do at this point is to load chrome://settings-frame/passwords. This internal URL is not linked in Chrome, and needs to be loaded directly.
It displays all saved passwords, and options to import or export passwords. If you select export, all passwords stored in Chrome are saved to a CSV file. Note that this file is not encrypted, and that anyone with access may open it to list account information. The import accepts csv files.
One application for this is to transfer the saved passwords to another Chrome installation without using Sync. Many password managers support csv files as well, so that the passwords that are saved in Chrome can be imported so that they become available through the password manager as well.
The fate of the password export and import option of Google Chrome is unknown at this point in time. It is possible that Google is working on introducing the functionality in the material design refresh of Chrome in the future, but also that the company decides to remove the functionality completely from the browser.
Anyway, Chrome users who were wondering whether it is (still) possible to import or export passwords in Chrome, know that it is still possible now.
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