Manage Google Passwords Location
You can opt to have Google Chrome save your passwords for websites and apps that you visit, but it is also a security risk. If you do choose to have Chrome save passwords, it may be time to perform a Google Chrome password checkup. You can manage saved passwords on any device – laptop or mobile device – running the Google Chrome web browser. There are a few ways to see what websites and apps you have accounts with managed passwords. True, there is a file on the hard drive of every machine running Chrome. Even though the website URLs are in the clear, the passwords are encrypted. However, there is an easier way to see and edit passwords using a web browser or a mobile device.
It only takes a few simple steps to access all of a Chrome user’s passwords. If you forgot or lost your Chrome saved password and were logged into Google Chrome at the time, then your passwords are saved and synced with your Google account. Logging into Google Chrome on another device can sync your passwords back the device that lost its passwords.
Google Chrome Saved Passwords File Location
The password file for Chrome on any hard drive is located a few directories deep. If you want to access the text file that contains all the websites that you created an account on, then you will have to look on your laptop or desktop computer. The Chrome Saved passwords file is located at C:\Users\$username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default. The variable $username is your system account name that you are signed in with. This is not the same as your Google account name. Once you navigate to the proper directory, your Chrome websites and passwords are located in the file named Login Data.
Chrome Saved Passwords Location
Chrome saved passwords are easily accessible using the Chrome web browser. In fact, it is much easier. Passwords are not only stored, but you can view and edit them through your Google settings using Chrome. Google users can also view, edit, or delete passwords using any web browser however, the path to access the screen is a bit different. Which browser you use to access the passwords – Chrome or other – determines how to view your Chrome saved passwords. Note this is not the same as editing your Google sync password – that information is at the end of this post.
Chrome Saved Passwords Location – Using Google Chrome
- Open Google Chrome web browser on your computer or phone
- Select the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen
- Select Settings
- Scroll down to the Autofill section
- Select Passwords
All your saved passwords for any website you logged into using Chrome are listed here. Even if you don’t use Chrome, the passwords may be here as well. For example. I use Firefox, not Chrome. But I am logged into my Gmail account all day long. So, any website I visited and have a saved password for is listed here. Select the eyeball icon next to the website name you want to see the account password for. You will be prompted to enter your device’s system password. Unlike the Login data file, all passwords can be seen in the clear from this page.
Chrome Saved Passwords Location – Using Firefox or Opera
If you are using the Chrome web browser, then you can simply go to the settings section to see passwords in the settings section. To see your Chrome saved passwords using another web browser like Firefox or Safari, go to passwords.google.com in a browser window. Log into your Google account to see a page of all websites with saved passwords. You’ll see the same page that Chrome web browser users see with a list of websites with saved passwords.
- Locate the website you need the password for
- To view a password, select the eye icon next to the website name
- To delete a password, select the three vertical dots next to the website name
- Select Delete
Sync Passwords with a Google Account
Your passwords are only stored locally on Chrome on your computer or Android device unless you opt to sync them. .If you want to save and manage passwords across multiple devices you can sync them using Chrome. When synced, passwords can be used on Chrome on any device and even some apps you log into with your Google account.
Create a New Sync Passphrase
This is an optional feature. You only need to do this if you want to save and manage passwords across multiple devices.
- Open Chrome web browser
- In the upper right corner select your Google account name
- Select Sync is paused
- Choose Sign in again to resume Sync
- At the bottom, tap Encryption
- Choose Encrypt synced data with your own sync passphrase
- Enter and confirm a passphrase
- Select Save
On this screen, you can also choose what info is synced. By default, when you enable Google to sync all of your profile information is saved to your Google Account. The data is accessible across all devices where you sign into your Google account. If you don’t want to sync everything, you can change what info is saved.
Michelle writes about cyber security, data privacy focusing on social media privacy as well as how to protect your IoT devices. She has worked in internet technology for over 20 years and owns METRONY, LLC. Michelle earned a B.S. in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Michelle published a guide to Cyber Security for Business Travelers