Password managers have become increasingly popular as people try to manage the multiple passwords they have for different websites and services. While third-party password managers have been known to be more secure, built-in password managers by Apple, Google, and Microsoft are becoming more secure and easier to use. However, one area where built-in password managers haven’t stood up to their independent competitors is in importing preexisting passwords into their systems. This article will focus on how to import passwords into Google Chrome’s password manager via a CSV file.
Importing Passwords into Google Chrome
If you are using the Google ecosystem or have an Android mobile device, you can use the Google Password Manager to store and sync your passwords via the Chrome browser. Until recently, importing passwords from a CSV file into Chrome was very difficult. However, Google has made it easier to do so. Here are the steps to follow:
1. In Chrome, select the three dots in the upper right corner and select Settings.
2. Go to Autofill (in the left menu) Password Manager.
3. Look for Saved Passwords and select the three dots to the right of its Add button.
4. Select Import passwords > Select file and find your CSV file.
5. Click on Open.
6. You will get a report on any passwords that did not import.
This method is a lot easier than the previous workarounds that people tried in order to import a CSV file into Chrome.
Old Method to Importing Passwords into Google Chrome
Before Google made it easier to import passwords from a CSV file, the only way to do it was to try to enable a disabled Chrome feature that allows you to import passwords. This was a complicated process that involved enabling the import command in Chrome flags and then going to Chrome settings to import the CSV file. However, this method did not always work.
Alternative Method to Importing Passwords into Google Chrome
If the above method does not work for you, there is another way to get your passwords into Chrome. This method involves downloading Firefox (if you don’t have it already) and importing the CSV file into Firefox’s password manager. Once the passwords are in Firefox, they can easily be transferred to Chrome.
Google has made it easier to import passwords from a CSV file into Chrome’s password manager. This is good news for people who are looking to switch to Google’s built-in password manager or for those who are already using it. While the old method of importing passwords into Chrome was complicated and did not always work, the new method is straightforward and user-friendly. If the new method does not work, there is an alternative way to get passwords into Chrome by using Firefox as an intermediary.