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How to update saved passwords in Chrome

Chrome has a password suggestion feature, and also a built-in password manager which, if you’re not a fan of services like Lastpass, you might actually use. The passwords in Chrome are saved whenever you login into a website. Chrome offers to save them or you can set it to always save a password. That said, if you update a password or you enter the wrong one but Chrome saves it anyway, you will have to manually edit it. Here’s how you can edit and update saved passwords in Chrome.

Update saved passwords in Chrome

Chrome doesn’t have a very proactive password manager which is why it doesn’t have a simple way to edit or update passwords. The only way to change an incorrect password is to delete the incorrect entry, and then replace it with a correct one.

Open Chrome and click the more options button at the top right. From the menu, select Settings. On the Settings page, click Autofill in the column on the left. Under the Autofill section, click Passwords.

Alternatively, paste the following in the URL bar and tap Enter.

chrome://settings/passwords

You will see a complete list of all the passwords that Chrome has saved. If you want, you can click the little eye icon next to a saved password and view it. You will be prompted to enter your system’s password or PIN to proceed. The passwords here can only be viewed and not edited. As we said before, removing them is the only option. Click the more options button next to a saved password that you want to update and select ‘Remove’ from the menu.

The password will be removed. No authentication is required to remove a password.

Once the password has been removed, navigate to the website that it was for. If you’re signed in, sign out and then sign in again. When you sign in again, Chrome will offer to save the new login credentials.

Password editing isn’t a complex feature and many stand alone password managers allow you to edit passwords without having to create an entry for them all over again. The reason behind why Chrome doesn’t offer something similar may have to do with security. The Autofill data is synced with your Chrome profile and allowing it to be changed means that someone might be able to change the data with the right tools. It’s a small possibility but it’s there nevertheless which is why it’s probably best to just make sure the data can’t be edited at all.

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