How to set Master Password in Google Chrome

chrome_logo_bigAdvice Update: Master Password has not been supported since Chrome 48 for security reasons. So unless you are running an earlier version, this post will no longer help you. 🙁 You might want to use Chrome’s > Manage Passwords (applicable to both Windows and OS X) and or if you use OS X, you might want to consider using Keychain Access to store your passwords securely. Alternatively, why not use a Password Manager. 

Google Chrome saves the passwords in the same system that contains your saved passwords from other browsers. On a Mac, Chrome stores these passwords (login information) in Keychain Access. Google also allows you to sync these passwords to your Google Account so they are available on other computers.

Browsers allow you to store passwords when you visit a website. So, instead of having to re-enter your username and password manually each time, browsers provide a feature to save your passwords. Chrome has recently added a Master Password* feature to “Passwords and forms”. NOTE: *Firefox does offer a Master Password feature.

You will now need to check whether you have “Offer to save passwords I ever on the web” enabled:

  • First up, click Chrome menu (three horizontal lines) top right on the browser toolbar > Settings
  • You can also can click this link chrome://settings/ to visit the Settings page
  • Adjust your password settings in the ‘Passwords and forms” section
  • Select “Offer to save passwords I enter on the web”
  • You should now click this > Manage saved passwords

Lastly, you will need to enable password generation:

  • Type chrome://flags/ in the browser
  • Now scroll down to “Enable password generation” click > Enable
  • You will now need to restart the browser which will then prompt you for your system password

Note: Passwords are still in plaintext but now are secured with a Master Password

Currently you have two options:

  • Saved passwords – this is where your saved passwords will appear in this box
  • Never saved – sites which never save passwords will appear here in this box

NOTE: You can also search passwords.

Once you click a saved password you will be prompted to enter the account password of the user who signed in to the operating system before the passwords are displayed in Chrome. You can view/edit as many passwords as you have within a 1 minute time frame, then the Master Password Manager is locked. You will then have to re-enter your master password when you see the prompt.

Safe surfing folks!

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6 Responses to How to set Master Password in Google Chrome

  1. Julian, it’s not Enable password generation but Disable Password Manager Reauthentication.

    Enable password generation would allow the user to have Chrome generate passwords when it detects account creation pages..

  2. Wayne M says:

    Note that this does not work in Chrome 48.

    • Julian says:

      #Wayne M# MP hasn’t been supported since Chrome 48. However search using – chrome://settings/search#master and it will take you to > Passwords and forms > Manage Auto-fill settings 🙂

  3. Bhellsun says:

    Password Manager Reauthentication doesnt create master password like in firefox.
    It just disables prompting the user for their OS password before revealing passwords on the passwords page. This is no where related to master password.

  4. Bob Evans says:

    why is this advice still top google result about a google product when it is from 2013? Does not answer the question.

    TLDR: Nope.

    • Julian says:

      #Bob Evans# Ask Google 🙂 Have added update to this post to highlight MP has not been supported since Chrome 48.

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