One of the features of Google Chrome is the built-in password manager in the web browser. What takes it to another level is its ties with the Google account that automatically pushes saved passwords to all connected devices.
Despite the concerns raised over its safety aspects, it gives a tough competition to many full-fledgedÂ password management tools. One of the reasons is Googleâ€™s determination to remind users to save theirÂ passwords.
With all the ease offered by Chromeâ€™s password manager, it doesnâ€™t yet include the functionality to export passwords. Thatâ€™s going to change in the coming future.
Google is working on the long-awaited feature for Chrome desktop that will allow users to download a CSV file containing their username and passwords. The word wasÂ dropped on Google+Â by Chrome evangelistÂ FranÃ§ois Beaufort and password export feature for desktop is currentlyÂ under testing.
It will allow usersÂ to import their Chrome passwords to some other password manager. Currently, there arenâ€™t any details available for the official release of the feature.
How to Export and Download Google Chrome Passwords?
You download a Chrome Dev Channel release for your device.
Once youâ€™re running a Chrome Dev Channel build, go toÂ Settings > Manage Password > Export. Now, clickÂ Export Passwords.
DependingÂ on your operating system, you may be asked to enter your system password.
Similarly, you can click theÂ ImportÂ option to add login credentials from an existing CSV file.
Use password export option in regular Chrome
Itâ€™s not that fact that the export option is a total no-show in Google Chrome. You can turn on the experimental feature by enabling the relevant Chrome flags.
TypeÂ chrome://flagsÂ in the address bar. Then, enableÂ #password-exportÂ andÂ #password-importÂ flags. After relaunching Chrome, do the same as you did for Dev Channel.
It might seem helpful during the initial use. But keep in mind, your passwords are all going in plain text, and anyone with the access to the file can read them. So, import them wherever you want and permanently delete the CSVÂ file as soon as possible.
If you wish to view your account passwords, there areÂ twoÂ placesÂ where you can see them.
On the Manage Passwords screen, click the â€˜eyeâ€™ button next to a login credential to view your password. Alternatively, if youâ€™re running another web browser, you can visitÂ passwords.google.comÂ where youâ€™ll find your login credentials listed. Click the eye button to see your password.