Don’t want to use the Chrome password manager? Here is a simple way to turn off Chrome password manager in easy steps with pictures.
As with any popular web browser, Google Chrome has a built-in password manager. However, unlike the other ones, the Google Chrome password manager is special. If you don’t know, when logged in to a Google account in the Chrome browser, the passwords are automatically synced to it. That means you don’t lose the passwords even if you remove or reinstall the browser, and you can access the saved passwords on all other supported devices like Android and iOS. If needed, you can even open the passwords.google.com website to see and edit Chrome passwords.
How does Chrome password manager work?
When the password manager is active, the Chrome browser will show a prompt asking if you want to save the password when filling in the login details. If Chrome already has a password for that website, it will offer to auto-fill the sign-in information. For the most part, this is helpful because you no longer have to remember the login information for every website.
Why turn off Chrome password manager?
Though the built-in Chrome password manager is helpful in many cases, it is not that good compared to dedicated password managers. For example, the Chrome password manager doesn’t work on all websites, bugs when storing multiple login details for a single website, cannot easily edit saved Chrome passwords, is a hassle to categorize and manage passwords, etc.
As such, it is better to use a dedicated password manager like Bitwarden or LastPass. Dedicated extensions and applications can better fulfill a good password manager’s role.
When using a dedicated password manager, you no longer need the built-in one; it is better to turn it off.
This quick and easy how-to guide will show you how to turn off the Chrome password manager in detailed yet straightforward steps with pictures.
Turn off Chrome password manager
The Chrome password manager can be turned off from the Settings page. You need to find the option and turn it off. After turning off the password manager, Chrome will no longer offer to save or prompt auto-fill passwords. Let me show you where to find the option and disable the Chrome password manager.
- Open the Chrome browser.
- Type “chrome://settings/passwords” in the address bar and press Enter.
- Turn off the “Offer to save passwords” option.
- Turn off the “Auto sign-in” option.
- With that, the Chrome password manager is turned off.
Let us look at the same steps in a bit more detail.
1. First, open the Google Chrome web browser. You can do that by searching for it in the Start menu or clicking on the pinned Chrome icon on the taskbar.
2. After opening the Chrome browser, we need to go to the Password Settings page. To do that, click on the Menu icon on the top right corner and select “Settings.” This action will open the Chrome settings page. As you can guess, this is where you can manage how Chrome works in your machine.
3. On the Settings page, select the “Autofill” option on the left sidebar. Next, click on the “Passwords” option on the main page. You can get to the same page using the “chrome://settings/passwords ” URL.
4. On this page, Chrome lists all your passwords and has the options to manage the password saving and autofill functionality. To turn off the Chrome password manager, turn off the “Offer to save passwords” option.
5. (Optional) Next, turn off the “Auto Sign-in” option. This will make sure Chrome will not auto sign in on supported websites. If you don’t know, this feature auto-fills the login details and submits the login form automatically when you visit supported websites.
6. Finally, close the Settings page. To do that, click the “X” icon on the Settings tab.
That is all. It is that simple to turn off the Chrome password manager. After turning off, Chrome will no longer prompt to save passwords or auto-fill login details. Remember to use a good password manager to manage passwords and other login details better.
Delete saved passwords in Chrome browser
After turning off the password manager, you can also remove or delete saved passwords in Google Chrome. If you are no longer using the Chrome password manager, it is better to delete them. That way, you can ensure that they won’t be out of date or fall into the wrong hands. Follow the below steps to delete saved passwords in Chrome.
1. First, open the Chrome browser. In the address bar, type “chrome://settings/passwords” and press the Enter button to open the Password settings page. You can get to the same from “Settings > Autofill > Passwords.”
2. On the Passwords page, you will see a list of all saved passwords under the “Saved Passwords” section. Find the password you want to delete, click on the “Options” (three vertical dots) icon next to it and select the “Remove” option.
3. The password is immediately deleted as soon as you select the “Remove” option. Sometimes, Chrome might prompt for login details while deleting or editing a password. If so, sign in with your account details.
Bulk delete saved passwords in Chrome
To bulk delete passwords, type “chrome://settings/clearBrowserData” in the address bar. Next, go to the “Advanced” tab. Here, select “All time” from the “Time range” dropdown menu, choose the “Passwords and other sign-in data” checkbox, uncheck all other checkboxes and click the “Clear data” button.
As soon as you click the button, all the saved passwords and other sign-in data are instantly deleted. You can verify this by going to the “chrome://settings/passwords” page.
That is all. It is that simple to batch delete saved passwords in the Google Chrome browser.
I cannot see saved passwords on the passwords.google.com webpage
Passwords synced to your Google account are visible from the passwords.google.com webpage. From there, you can manage the saved passwords.
However, if your passwords are encrypted with a passphrase, you cannot see them on this page. This is because only you with the passphrase can decrypt them. In that case, the page shows the “Google can’t check your passwords for security issues because you set up a passphrase to encrypt your passwords in your Google Account. This keeps the data private to you” message.
You must remove the sync passphrase in Chrome to see and manage passwords from this page.
Wrapping up — Turn off Chrome password manager
As you can see, it is pretty easy to disable the Chrome password manager. All it takes is a few clicks, and you are a good go.
As I said earlier, don’t forget to use a good password manager to save your password. You can try Bitwarden or LastPass. They support almost all major browsers and have mobile and Windows apps. One of the best things about using a password manager is that you need to remember one password. It will give you access to all the saved passwords. When using a password manager, don’t forget to turn on two-factor authentication for extra safety. It is better to be safe than sorry.
I hope that helps.
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