Google Chrome has a surprising amount of specifications which are hidden or unknown. But when this specification comes in the light it can proffer a great deal of functionality for users. One of these features is a built in-password generator that can be used to create strong passwords when creating new accounts, and a password manager called SmartLock that stores these passwords on Google.com so that the user can retrieve them later.
Although there are plenty of password managers available with more specifications. Here is how to use Chrome’s built-in password:
1- Enable Chrome’s strong password generator
If you want to use Chrome’s password generator and manager, you first need to enabled password synchronization by logging into Chrome using your Google account. To do this, go into Chrome’s settings (chrome://settings) and click on the “Sign in to Chrome“.
Once you sign in, you will be shown a prompt stating synchronization has been enabled. The settings screen will also show you assigned in with Sync set to On.
Now we need to enable password generation using the experimental features screen. To access this screen, type chrome://flags in the Chrome address bar and you will be shown a list of experimental features you can enable.
In the “Search flags” field, type password and you should see a new flag called “Password generation“. Set this flag to Enabled and Chrome will display an alert stating that you need to relaunch the browser. Click on the “Relaunch Now” button to do so.
Once Chrome has restarted, the feature will be enabled and we can use Chrome to generate strong passwords.
2- Generating Passwords with Chrome at Account Creation Screens
Now that you have enabled ‘Password generation’ flag if Google recognizes a password field on an account creation screen and you click in the field. Then, it should automatically generate the password for you and display it.
For that, you will need to right-click in Chrome and select “Generate password“.
Once you generate a password, Chrome will display a dialog box showing the generated password.
If you click on the password, it will automatically be inserted into both the password and password confirmation fields. This password will also be saved to Google’s Smart Lock password manager so that Chrome. Even other devices you are logged into and you can automatically log you into the site the next time you visit.
To see the list of passwords stored in Smart Lock you can either go to- https://passwords.google.com or to the chrome://settings/passwords page in Chrome.
3- Using Google’s Smart Lock Password Manager
Whenever you generate a password or log into an account and save your password, the password and account information is saved into Google’s Smart Locker password manager. This allows Chrome to automatically insert a saved username and password into a site’s login form when you visit the site in the future.
You can also tell if Smart Lock has a saved password for the site you are at as it will display a little key in the address bar as shown below.
If you have multiple accounts at a site, you can select which account you wish to login with by clicking on the key. Once clicked, it will display all saved accounts for the particular site you are trying to login to.
To manage your stored passwords you can either go to https://passwords.google.com or to the chrome://settings/passwords page in Chrome. From here you can disable auto sign-in, view any saved passwords, and saved account credentials. Unfortunately, unless a username was saved at the same time as the password. So, there is no way to edit it later.
While Chrome’s password generator and Smart Lock password manager are good for most people. But, it definitely has some flaws in contrast to full-featured password managers.
Like, you can’t add a username if one wasn’t originally saved with the password. You can’t edit a password and instead, have to delete and resave the entire account. And you cannot organize your saved passwords.