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How to export passwords from Chrome

How to export passwords from Chrome

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If you want to leave Google, one of the first things you must do is stop using its proprietary browser, Chrome, and its built-in password manager(new window). A vital first step towards leaving Google is downloading your passwords so you can transition more easily to a new, better password manager. This article explains how you can quickly export your passwords from Chrome.

It’s a fairly simple process and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. We’ll also show you the benefits of signing up to our own password manager, Proton Pass, and how to import your passwords.

Why export Google Chrome passwords?

Exporting your passwords from Chrome is just another step on your way to claiming your freedom from Google. Though its search is very efficient, Google’s real business model is making money off your data by using it to target you with ads. It uses some pretty underhanded tactics to do this, too, like privacy washing(new window), where the company pretends to care about privacy even while monitoring your every move online.

Chrome’s password manager is just another tactic Google uses in its money-making strategy. If you use Chrome’s password manager, you have to use Chrome, Google’s browser. By locking you into its ecosystem, Google can track more and more of your data, which means more ads and more revenue.

More importantly, the Chrome password manager lacks some of the basic features you should expect from a password manager. It’s not as safe(new window) as it should be, and misses features like a built-in two-factor authentication(new window) code generator, the ability to generate secure passphrases, and more.

If you’re tired of Google, leaving is as simple as switching off Google password manager(new window), exporting your passwords, and choosing a better alternative.

How to export saved passwords from Chrome

To export your passwords, go into Chrome and click on your profile picture in the top right. A menu will pop out. Click on the key icon to access Chrome’s password manager.

Password manager location in Chrome

In the new screen, select Settings in the menu to the left.

Overview of Chrome passwords

You’ll see a list of options. Where it says Export passwords, click on Download file.

Exporting passwords from Chrome

Chrome will prepare a CSV file for download (it’s a file format used to store tabular data). Download it to the location of your choice. You’ve exported your passwords from Chrome. 

Deleting your passwords from Chrome

All that remains is to delete your passwords from Chrome. Sadly, Google makes this step hard for you. You’ll have to manually delete all passwords, one by one. To do so, click on a password entry in the main screen of the manager. The entry will pop up, then click Delete.

Delete passwords in chrome

It’s a lot of work, but Google seems to like it that way — another reason to leave.

What to use instead of your Google account

With your passwords exported, you may wonder what’s next. After all, you shouldn’t give up using a password manager — they’re too useful and too effective at protecting your security. We’ve developed Proton Pass as an alternative password manager, one that puts privacy and the user first.

For one, you can use Proton Pass in any browser — we don’t lock you in like Google does. It’s also more versatile, letting you add credit cards and secure notes. Best of all, we also let you create logins using an email alias, meaning your real email address remains unknown, adding a layer of protective anonymity.

You can also be confident that with Proton, no one will be able to access your information without your permission. We use end-to-end encryption(new window) on all our apps, meaning that besides you, no one, not even Proton, can look at your data, such as your passwords. This means that you’re protected even in the unlikely event that Proton suffers a breach — your passwords and data would remain securely encrypted and safe from hackers, marketers, and anybody in between. This is a marked contrast from other password managers, such as LastPass(new window).

We can offer your data this much protection because, unlike Google, Proton was designed with privacy at its core. We’re entirely funded by members of our community, meaning our only concern is how to serve you best.

If that sounds like something you’d want to be a part of, sign up for a free Proton Pass account today. You can import your passwords to Pass in just a few steps and be using a more secure Chrome password manager alternative in minutes.

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Fergus O'Sullivan(new window)

Fergus has been a writer, journalist, and privacy advocate for close to a decade. In that time he has run investigations of the privacy industry, written on policy, and reviewed more programs and apps than you can shake a stick at. Before starting work at Proton, he worked for publications such as How-to Geek and Cloudwards, as well as helping host events at conferences like RightsCon.

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