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There is no official method provided by Google to save passwords in Google Password Manager. Thus, here are a few workarounds you can try to manually add a password in Google Password Manager.
1. Importing the CSV File
Google Password Manager lets you import password entries in the form of a CSV file to the Manager itself. These entries can then be extracted into the Manager; initially, there are two ways to import a CSV file containing your password entries into the Google Password Manager depending on the version of Chrome you are using.
Note: Importing CSV files into the Google Password Manager is an experimental feature and not fully launched into the infrastructure by Google Chrome.
- In case you are using the Chrome 79 version of Chrome (December 2019), navigate to chrome://flags/.
- Find the setting “Password import.” Then set this option to “Enable” and restart Chrome once the setting is enabled.
- For users of Chrome 93 (August 2021), the setting under chrome://flags/ does not exist. Owing to this, you will be required to start Chrome with the command line –enable-features=PasswordImport.
Adding an entry to the Password Manager:
The above-mentioned steps were the only points of difference between the two versions of Chrome. Adding an entry into the Password Manager remains the same, however. Here is what you will need to do to add an entry into the Google Password Manager to manually add a password/passwords:
- As mentioned before, create a CSV file for the entry wherein the first line will list the columns. Following this, each line will represent one entry into the password manager with the inclusion of site name, username, and password.
Note: In the overflow menu, export your existing passwords under Settings, in ‘Saved Passwords’ and then ‘Export passwords.’ Next, using a text editor of your choice, edit the resulting CSV file and make sure the editor is set to use UTF-8 encoding.
This will ensure that you get the password entry right without facing any issues.
- Import the CSV file using “Import” (also in the overflow menu in the Password Manager). Once the file is created, import it using the ‘Import’ option in the overflow menu in the Google Password Manager.
Note: It is safe to create a CSV file with just the entries that you want to add and import into Google Password Manager since ‘Import’ will add these to your database. The existing data will stay as it is. The only exception, as far as we know, is if you import an entry for a site that already has an entry, and ‘Import’ will override it.
2. Using Suggest Password Feature
One clever workaround to force Google Password Manager to manually save a password for you is to use the Suggest Password feature and then replace the suggested password with the password you want it to save. Here is how you can do it:
- In the search bar, type in the address of the site for which you want to save the password manually.
- Once on the site, go to the sign-in page of the website.
- Enter the username in the appropriate field and then right-click on the password field. This will prompt Google Password Manager to show you a menu. Fr4om the menu, choose ‘Suggest password.’
- Chrome will automatically suggest a password for you, and once you select a password, it will save the suggested password in the Google Password Manager.
- Once the suggested password is saved, go to Chrome Settings and then go to Passwords.
- Using the search bar at the top, look for the website for which you have saved the password. Click on the three-dot icon and select ‘Edit password.’
- Replace the suggested password saved in Google Password Manager with the password you want to save manually. Once replaced, hit the ‘Save’ button to save the password.
3. Add/Import Password From Other Browser
You can either use the first method of exporting a CSV file or use the native option if you want to add passwords to Chrome. You have to export the password from the other browser and import it into Chrome in order for method 1 to work.
You can use the in-built feature of Chrome in browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox. You are clicking on Import bookmarks from Settings under Chrome.
The drop-down menu has Internet Explorer or Firefox as the options; choose one. The Saved passwords box needs to be checked. As per your requirement, you can keep the rest of the options enabled. The Import button is on the screen.
4. Using DevTools
In case you want to save a password in Google Password Manager for a site that has no password input field by Default, you can create a password input field using Chrome DevTools. Once you have created the field, you can start writing in it, and then Google Chrome will add a small key icon in the navigation bar. This icon will allow you to store the password onto that domain for which you did not have an input field previously.
Here is how you can manually add a password input field in a page using Chrome DevTools, and then use the filed to save a manual password for you in Google Password Manager:
- Go to the website for which you wish to create the input field.
- Hit F12 on your keyboard, or alternatively press CTRL+Shift+C to open Chrome DevTools. Now click on an element and click on Inspect.
- Select the tab that says Elements and select any small HTML tag.
- Next, press F2 to edit this tag, or simply double-click it.
- Now append the following element: <input type=”password”>.
- Now, click on any other HTML tag to save the element.
- You will now have a password input field for the site wherein you can put your password and prompt Google Password Manager to save it.
How to fix Chrome Autofill from Google Password Manager not working?
It’s easy to navigate online with the Help of the auto-fill passwords, payment methods, and addresses provided by the Google Password Manager. But what if it isn’t possible for Google Password Manager to do that anymore? It is possible that prompts to auto-fill data won’t show up for certain sites or everywhere you visit, putting a huge damper on things. We will be looking at ways to fix the issue of the chrome autofill function not working.
There are a number of factors that can affect Google Password Manager’s Autofill not functioning on your computer or mobile device. The issue can be caused by buggy Chrome releases, improper autofill settings, corrupt user profiles, and so on.
If you want to get Chrome to start auto-filling properly again, there are several possible solutions that you can apply immediately. Let’s look at them below:
1. Update Chrome
The majority of the time, Chrome is a fairly stable web browser, but it also has its fair share of bugs. Updating the browser is the best way to make sure that’s not true. If a buggy instance of Chrome causes it to stop working in the first place, newer versions of Chrome can help fix it.
To update Chrome on the desktop, open Chrome’s menu, point to Help and then click on About Google. New updates will be installed automatically if the browser picks them up.
To apply the latest Chrome updates, simply go to the Play Store or the App Store, if you are using a phone, and search for CHROME, and then tap Update to install and apply the latest updates (if available).
2. Check the Auto-Fill Settings
The next step is to review your autofill settings. Passwords, payment methods, and addresses are three categories of data that are automatically filled in by the Google Password Manager’s autofill feature. It’s important to check if Autofill is configured correctly for any of them.
The first thing to do is to open the Chrome menu. Next, you can click Settings to see the settings for the browser. The Autofill section should be found in the middle of the screen.
If you can’t find it, you can click on the Autofill button on the left-side navigation area; this feature is only available on desktops.
Make sure that the ‘Offer to save passwords is enabled in the Passwords section. In order to prevent the browser from auto-filling your login credentials, Chrome needs to save your credentials in the first place.
Password issues can occur if you prevent Chrome from saving credentials for certain sites. You can remove the sites you want to save the passwords for from the Never Saved section by scrolling down the list of passwords. This will prompt Google Password Manager to start asking for auto-filling the password field again.
- Payment Methods
The ‘Save and fill payment methods’ feature is located in the Payment Methods section. You have to turn it on so that you can start filling previously saved payment methods and saving as well as auto-filling new payment methods.
- Address and More
The address and more section has a button labeled “Save and fill addresses.” If you enable it, it will auto-fill previously saved addresses and save newer addresses.
3. Examine the sync settings
You must review your chrome sync settings for each device if any passwords, payment methods, or addresses don’t show up on another device for auto-fill.
Click or tap the settings to open the Chrome menu and then select the services you want to sync by tapping on Sync and Google Services. You can follow by choosing Manage What You Sync on the mobile version, alternatively.
Make sure to enable ‘Addresses, phone numbers, and more’ and ‘Payment methods and addresses using Google Pay’ next to ‘Passwords.’
4. Disable Extensions (for Windows and MacOS)
It is possible that Autofill does not work if it conflicts with browser extensions. To confirm, open the Chrome menu and then click on the New Incognito Window.
If Autofill works in Incognito mode, you should go back to a normal Chrome window, disabling all your extensions and re-enabling them one by one to remove the problematic extension. Here is how you can disable the extension: Chrome menu > Tools > Extensions.
The ‘Clean up Computer’ tool is available on the Windows version of Chrome and can be used to get rid of malicious Chrome extensions.
5. Clear browsing Data
Try clearing the browser cache to get the Autofill function in Chrome to work.
Go to Chrome Settings > Privacy and Security > Clear Browsing Data. Click the Clear Data option when you switch to the Advanced tab and then check the boxes next to both Cookies and other site data and cached images and files.
Selecting the categories “Passwords and other sign-in data” and “Autofill form data” are not suitable for this purpose. The form data is permanently deleted from the database, and your passwords will be deleted as well.
You can choose to clear the data for one site only if there’s an isolated issue.
On the Android and iOS versions of Chrome, head over to Chrome Settings > Privacy > Clear Browsing Data to clear the browser cache.
For both iOS and Android versions using Chrome, you can clear the browser cache by heading to Chrome Settings > Privacy > Clear Browsing Data.
6. Create a new user profile (for Windows and MacOS)
A corrupted user profile can also prevent Chrome from auto-filling your data. To resolve the issue, you must create a new profile from scratch. Going through the steps below will cause you to lose any locally stored data, so make sure to review the Chrome Sync settings and back up any forms of data to the Google servers before starting:
- You need to get to the actual location where Chrome Stores your user profile data. If you are a Windows user, just press the Windows+R keys simultaneously, and type in “%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data” then click on the “OK” option.
- The MacOS users need to press the Cmd+Space to start the Spotlight Search, then type in “~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome” in the search bar and press “Enter.”
- Now Right-click on the default folder with the name Profile and select “Rename,” if you have a number profile in Chrome, you will get a list of folders as Profile 1, Profile 2, Profile 3, and more.
- Rename the above folder to Default. old, in this way you will have a backup of the local data which you might require in future.
- Launch Chrome Browser, sign in with your Google Account, and from now onwards, Autofill will work properly.
How to force Google Password Manager to save passwords?
Below we have discussed how you can force Google Password Manager to save passwords on iPhone and Android devices:
1. On an iPhone
Saving login details on a browser can be really handy and time-saving. But if Chrome Browser is not asking to save passwords on your iPhone, then it might be happening because the password saving option is not enabled.
Follow the instructions given below to enable the Save Passwords feature in Chrome Browser:
- Launch the Chrome Browser app on your iPhone.
- Tap on more options (three-dot icon), located on the bottom right corner of the browser.
- Tap on “Settings” from the pop-up menu.
- From the Settings menu, scroll down and click on the “Passwords” option. On the new menu page, turn on the “Save Passwords” option.
- Close the Chrome Browser.
- Now that you have enabled the save password feature, you will get a pop-up to save passwords whenever you visit a website.
2. On an Android phone
If you are using an Android device, and you don’t get the pop-up to save passwords on your Chrome Browser when you visit a new site. We have an easy solution to fix this, just follow the instructions given below:
- Open the Chrome Browser on your Android Device.
- Tap to the menu option on the top right corner of the screen; from the drop-down menu, choose”Settings.”
- In the “Settings” menu, tap on the “Passwords” option. Now when you are on the new screen, turn on the “Save Passwords” option.
- Navigate back to the Chrome Browser homepage; now, you will get a pop-up to save passwords when you sign in to a website.
How to clear the Autofill/Autocorrect feature from Google Password Manager?
Below we have put together a guide on how you can clear the Autofill/Autocorrect feature from Google Password Manager:
- Launch the Chrome Browser, go to the menu option ( three-dot icon on the top right of your screen) and click on it.
- Click on History from the drop-down menu.
- In the history menu, navigate to the “Clear browsing data” option and click on it.
- Go to the “Advanced” tab, and set the time range to the “All Time” option in order to clear all saved data on Chrome Browser. Additionally, make sure that the “Autofill Form Data” option is also checked.
- Now you are all set, just click on the “Clear Data” option.
Is Google Password Manager safe?
While password managers keep information secure, their practices are not as detailed. One of the larger reasons behind this is that Google Password Manager is just one essential part of a whole larger thing.
The same precautions used to safeguard Gmail accounts and customer information have been used to protect the Google Password Manager. While most password managers give you a good idea of what they do to keep your information safe, Google doesn’t offer a lot of transparency about what it does to keep customer information safe when it comes to Google Password Manager.
The Vulnerability Reward Program offered by Google encourages hackers to find weaknesses in their systems so that pain points can be addressed before trouble arises.
It stands to reason that the company is trusted for email, cloud storage, web searches, and business services, so it would make sense for them to also be trusted as a password manager. Password managers that work only in this space may offer better protection that can be tailored to password-specific security in comparison to Google Password Manager.
However, all in all, Google Password Manager is a fairly safe service extension provided by Google, and long as you are sure it’s only you who can access your passwords on your device, there is not a lot you need to worry about (but, do get an actual full-fledged password manager, if you want full accessibility and maximum security).