Google Chrome’s built-in password manager is better than nothing, but it’s not the safest. If you’re planning on switching to a dedicated password manager, here’s how you can safely export and delete saved passwords from Chrome.
We recommend using a dedicated password manager to save and sync all your usernames and passwords across your devices. Not only is it more secure, but it’s also convenient because you can generate strong passwords for all of your accounts. Once set up, all you need to do is remember the master password to the password manager of your choice.
All popular password managers like LastPass, 1Password, Dashlane and Bitwarden allow you to import passwords from Chrome. All you need to do is import the CSV file generated by Chrome.
Export passwords saved from Chrome
First, let’s export all your saved passwords from Chrome. To get started, open the Chrome browser on your computer. Here, click on your profile icon from the toolbar and select the Password button.
Alternatively, you can enter the path “chrome: // settings / passwords”In the URL bar and press the Enter or Return key.
Here, go to the “Saved Passwords” section and click on the three-dot menu button on the right hand side. Now, select the “Export password” option.
- From the popup, click the “Export Password” button.
- Your computer may ask you to authenticate your identity using the password associated with your Windows 10 or Mac user account. Enter the password and click the “OK” button.
- Choose the destination for the CSV file and click the “Save” button.
Once the file is downloaded, you will find it in your computer’s file system (Windows Explorer or Finder). Now you can easily import the CSV file into a password manager like Bitwarden.
I notify: the CSV file downloaded from Chrome will contain all usernames and passwords in an unencrypted plain text format. Make sure you complete this export process on a trusted computer.
Delete passwords saved by Chrome
Now that you’ve exported your saved passwords, it’s time to delete them from Chrome.
There is a one-click method to delete all passwords saved in Chrome and synced across all your devices using your Google account.
- To do this, click on the three-dot menu button from the Chrome toolbar and choose the “Settings” option
- From the “Privacy and security” section, choose the “Clear browsing data” option.
- Go to the “Advanced” tab and from the “Time Range” drop-down menu, choose the “From Beginning” option.
Scroll down and select the “Passwords and other login information” option. Click on the “Clear Data” button.
Immediately, all passwords saved locally in Chrome and in your Google account will be deleted.