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Restore Google Chrome Passwords from Backup.

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How to view passwords in Google Chrome?

In the address bar, type: chrome://settings/passwords to view locally saved passwords. You can also type: http://passwords.google.com to view the passwords in your Google account. If you can’t find any passwords in your Google Account, that usually means that the sync option in your browser is inactive, and the passwords are stored locally in your Chrome browser.

You can also click your way to view the passwords by opening the Chrome browser settings.

  • Open the Chrome browser.
    • Click three dots in the top right corner.
    • Select Settings from the menu.
    • Select Autofill section.
    • From the Autofill section, choose Passwords.

Instead of saving your passwords in the chrome browser, or any browser for that matter, why not try a 1Password Password Manager instead.

In my mind, this is one of the best Password Managers currently available which I personally have been using for the past two years.

You can try 1Password for free or you can check the latest offers on the 1Password website.

I’m sure you will find a great deal.

You can also watch my YouTube video below, where I`m showing three different ways to view your passwords in the Google Chrome browser.

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How to view your passwords in Google Chrome browser?

How to backup passwords in Google Chrome?

Export passwords from Chrome to .csv file.

You can backup and restore your passwords in Chrome by exporting them to a .csv file but keep in mind that the file is in plain text so everyone can read it. 

As before, use one of the Chrome commands to view locally stored passwords:

  • Open Chrome browser and type in the address bar: chrome://settings/passwords
  • Under Save Passwords section, click the More Actions button (three dots).
  • Press Export Passwords.
  • Type your Windows Account password if required and press OK.
  • Save the .csv file.

Now you have a backup of your Chrome passwords in the form of the .csv file. Please remember, however, that the file content is in plain text, and everyone can read it.

I would suggest encrypting the file with the tool you probably already have if you use AntiVirus software.

Nowadays, most modern AntiVirus software offers what is called a File Vault. Therefore, there is a big chance that you have a similar option available in your AntiVirus software.

Import passwords to your browser from .csv file.

After exporting your passwords to a .csv file, you can use the file to import them back to the Google Chrome browser on a different device. 

As of writing this article, the import option is not available in the Chrome browser by default. But luckily, we can enable it in what is called Flags settings. 

Once again, we will use Chrome commands.

  • Open Chrome browser and type in the address bar: chrome://flags/#PasswordImport
  • Under Password Import option change the Default state to Enabled.
  • Google Chrome will prompt you to Relaunch the browser – press Relaunch.

After you restart your browser, view your passwords by typing chrome://settings/passwords in the address bar and pressing enter.

Under the More Actions button, you will now have the Export Passwords and Import option available. From here, you can select the previously exported .csv file and import your password back to the browser.

Remember that the passwords you have just exported are in the plain text and everyone can read them. Make sure to either delete this file or keep it in the safe place.

And again, I think the video below showing how to import and export passwords from Google Chrome will be more helpful.

How to recover deleted passwords in Google Chrome?

I must be honest with you; there is no silver bullet for recovering lost or deleted passwords from the browser, and there is a big chance that you have lost them forever.

There is, however, one option available when it comes to recovering lost or deleted passwords in Google Chrome.

Unfortunately, the configuration of your browser or Google Account you had before deleting the passwords will dictate the recovery effort.

Google Chrome browser offers what is called Syncing. When this feature is active, selected profile information like Bookmarks, Passwords, or browsing history is saved to your Google Account.

Your Google Account works like a middle man between the browsers on your devices.

If you log in to your Google Account on another device using Google Chrome browser, you will have an option to synchronize the latest profile information from your Google Account by enabling the syncing option.

Remember that the syncing feature works both ways.

Deleting the passwords on the device you are currently using will update the profile information on your Google Account. Unfortunately, that means that all browsers where the syncing feature is active will synchronize that data seconds after you open them, resulting in the loss of the passwords on all devices.

Restore lost passwords using another device.

There is a way, however, to recover accidentally deleted passwords using another device. But there are few requirements for this to work.

  • You have another device with Google Chrome on it, which you have synchronized with your Google Account before deleting the passwords.
  • You haven`t opened the browser on that device since the deletion of the passwords on the original device.

If the answer to the above statements is TRUE, then you have a chance to recover the passwords.

How to recover deleted passwords in Chrome using another device?

Recover lost passwords using Windows device.

So let see how we can do this:

  • Turn off the internet access on the other device BEFORE OPENING THE BROWSER.
  • Open the Chrome browser on that device.
  • Click Settings in the browser menu.
    • Assuming that you have synchronized your profile data before deleting the passwords, you should now be able to see them. You can either export your passwords to .csv file using steps described earlier in the article. Or, you can follow the steps below to synchronize them again with your Google Account.
  • Disable the syncing feature in the browser settings.
  • Switch internet access back on.
  • Enable syncing feature in the browser settings.
  • Now go back to the original device the passwords were deleted from and open the browser.
    • Assuming that the syncing option is active, you should now be able to see all your passwords again. If this is not the case, make sure that you have logged in to your account and that the syncing feature is active in the browser settings.

Recover lost passwords using Android device.

The process of recovering lost passwords using an Android device is slightly different due to the differences in browser design.

  • Turn off the internet access on the other device BEFORE OPENING THE BROWSER.
  • Open the Chrome browser on that device.
  • Click Settings in the browser menu.
    • Assuming that you have synchronized your profile data before deleting the passwords, you should now be able to see them. You can either export your passwords to .csv file using steps described earlier in the article. Or, you can follow the steps below to synchronize them again with your Google Account.
  • Sign Out from the browser using Sign out and turn off sync feature.
    • Leave Also clear your Chrome data from this device option unchecked.
  • Switch internet access back on.
  • Enable syncing feature in the browser settings.
    • Press Yes, I`m in on the Turn on sync screen.
  • Now go back to the original device the passwords were deleted from and open the browser.
    • Assuming that the syncing option is active, you should now be able to see all your passwords again. If this is not the case, make sure that you have logged in to your account and that the syncing feature is active in the browser settings.

1) Disable WiFi on the device before opening the Chrome browser.

Android phone quick settings menu

2) Open the settings.

Chrome browser menu options on Android
Chrome browser menu options on Android

3) Make sure to select your account, not the Sync and Google services option.

Chrome account settings on Android device
Chrome account settings on Android device

4) Select Sign out and turn off the sync option.

Chrome sign out and turn off sync option
Chrome sign out and turn off the sync option.

5) Click Continue and leave “Also, clear your Chrome data from this device” unchecked.

Chrome sign out and turn off sync confirmation dialog
Chrome sign out and turn off the sync confirmation dialog.

6) Turn your WiFi back on.

Android device WiFi option enabled
Android device WiFi option enabled

7) Press Continue as (your Google Account).

Chrome login using your Google account
Chrome login using your Google account

8) Confirm to activate the synchronization.

Chrome turn on synchronization
Chrome turn on synchronization

Now go back to the device the passwords were deleted from and open your Chrome browser. You should now be able to view your passwords again.

As much as I like the convenience of Google Chrome Password manager, I prefer stand-alone software.

I have just recently switched to 1Password as my main Password Management software after using Sticky Password for over 3 years.

Both apps are great for Password Management. However, I decided to give 1Password a try, and I must say that I really like it.

It is not as expensive as I thought, and it works great on all devices and operating systems. Of course, you can try 1Passwords for free for 14 days, but once you use it, I’m sure you will like it too.

However, Sticky Password is a simple yet highly secure software that can store much more than only passwords. You can check my other blog post where I`m comparing the free and premium versions of the Sticky Password software.

My Favorite Software and Hardware.

Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it helpful. Here is the list of the software and hardware I am personally using, which I believe you may also find useful. These are affiliate links, so if you decide to use any of them, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. But in all honesty, this is the exact software I have installed on my computer and the hardware I have been using to secure my online accounts or store my passwords.

1Password Password Manager - I have been using 1Password for the past two years, and in my opinion, it is the best Password Manager yet. You can try 1Password for free or check the latest deals on the 1Password website.

Yubikey 5C NFC - This is a hardware authentication device that you can use to protect your online accounts or even computers. If you are thinking of getting one, I will highly recommend Yubikey 5C NFC, which, thanks to the NFC, can also be used with your phone.

Bitdefender Total Security - I had tried other Anti-Virus software whenever my Bitdefender license was about to expire. However, at the end of the day, this is still my favorite Anti-Virus. You can check the latest offers on the Bitdefender site.

NordVPN - If you are looking for some privacy when browsing the web, NordVPN will have you covered. Save 72% now with a 2-year planvisit the NordVPN website for more details.

Malwarebytes - It will defend you against harmful websites and remove any malware from your computer. Make sure to check the latest offers on the Malwarebytes website.