How to Import Passwords From CSV File in Google Chrome Browser

Though the option is hidden, you can easily import passwords from a CSV file into the Chrome browser. Here’s the step-by-step guide to do it.

Google recently introduced an all-new password manager that works quite well for regular users. The built-in password manager has all the basic features you will ever need. Those features include but not limited to password sync between devices, auto sign-in on compatible websites, password generation, and auto-fill.

By default, Google Chrome allows exporting saved passwords with relative ease. However, if you already have passwords in a CSV file that you want to import, you just can’t find the password import option in the Chrome browser.

Thankfully, you can enable the password import option in Google Chrome and import passwords via a CSV file. Let me show how you can do it.

Steps to Import Passwords from CSV File in Chrome

As I said, Google in their infinite wisdom disabled or hidden the import password option in the Chrome browser. The good thing is, you can enable a flag in Chrome to enable the password import option and then import the CSV file containing the passwords.

Note: Before proceeding any further, make sure Google Chrome is up to date. Older versions of Google Chrome may not have the option shown below.

1 . First, open the Google Chrome browser if it is not already opened. You can do that by searching for it in the Start menu.

2. After opening the browser, we need to enable a flag. So, type “chrome://flags” in the address bar and press Enter. This action will take you to the Chrome Flags page.

3. In the search bar, type “password import“. This will show the Password Import Chrome flag. Select the “Enabled” option from the drop-down menu next to it.

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4. Now, relaunch the browser by clicking on the “Relaunch” button.

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5. After relaunching the browser, the new Import option should be enabled. Click on the “Menu” icon (three vertical dots) appearing on the top-right corner and select “Settings“.

6. In the settings page, click on the “Passwords” option.

7. Now, click on the Menu icon (three vertical dots) appearing next to “Saved Passwords” and select the “Import” option.

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8. Select your passwords CSV file and click on the “Open” button.

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That is it. As soon as you click on the button, Chrome will import all passwords in the CSV file. When importing Chrome will not delete any existing passwords. I will just append the imported passwords to the already existing ones. Do keep in mind that the CSV file should be in a specific format for Chrome to properly import. That format is as follows.

name,url,username,password
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So, double-check the CSV file to ensure that it is following the above format. If it is not, then modify the CSV file to match the format and remove any unnecessary information.

That is all. It is that simple to import passwords into Google Chrome via a CSV file. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, do check out how to limit the Google Chrome cache size.

1 thought on “How to Import Passwords From CSV File in Google Chrome Browser”

  1. I like it. Great need to know PSA. Might want to move the section on the .CSV format bit closer to the start of the article, I hit Enter before I noticed. Thankfully no errors came up. Are there any known issues for keeping the setting to Enabled?

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