Regardless of Chrome being a resource hungry browser, it still sits at the top of the list of desktop browsers. With a 68% share of the overall browser industry, Chrome is driving its way to the top. While many are moving to the new Edge and privacy-focused Brave browser, we keep returning to Chrome for one basic reason and that is awesome performance. It just works really well. So, if you are also willing to move to Chrome, you would need to import your saved-passwords to Chrome to make things easier for you.
In this tutorial, we have emphasized on the most proficient methods to import passwords to Chrome from famous browsers like Firefox, Edge, and Opera. We have also explained a way to flawlessly import passwords from a CSV file. However, if you are a Safari user, you will be disappointed as Safari does not allow users to export passwords in any way. This is due to iCloud Keychain encryption. So, you simply can’t import passwords saved on Safari to Chrome.
Methods to Import Passwords to Google Chrome in 2020
In this article, we are going to explain ways to import passwords to Google Chrome from multiple sources as listed below:
- Import Passwords from CSV
- Import Passwords from Firefox
- Import Passwords from Microsoft Edge and Opera
Let’s explain all these options in details. You can move to the section that fulfills your requirements. Let’s start with the first option.
1. Import Passwords to Chrome from CSV
In the first method, we are going to learn about how to import passwords to Chrome from a CSV file. This method can be used on all the browsers (mostly Chromium-based) that allow you to export passwords in a CSV file format. Please note that the Password Import feature on Chrome is still under testing so Google has not enabled the feature out of the box. To access the import option, you will have to enable a Chrome Flag which will then allow you to import passwords from CSV files. Follow these steps to see how to do it. Also you need to update Chrome to the latest version. You can do so by going to Chrome’s menu -> Help -> About Chrome -> Check for Updates.
First of all, open chrome://flags in Chrome and search for password import. Now, click on the drop-down menu next to Password Import and select Enabled. Restart the Chrome and the feature will be enabled.
Now, open chrome://settings/passwords in Chrome and click on the 3-dot menu and select Import.
Finally, select the CSV file that has all your saved passwords and click on Open. All the passwords in the CSV file will be moved to Chrome instantly.
2. Import Passwords to Google Chrome from Firefox
Mozilla Firefox is not Chromium based browser, but it has deep integration with Chrome. You can easily import passwords to Chrome without using any third party software. But, it only works if both browsers are installed on the same computer. If you want to import passwords from Firefox installed in a separate computer, you will have to use a third-party offline application which allows you to create the CSV file in one click. Follow these steps.
If both the browsers (Firefox and Chrome) are installed on the same computer then open Chrome’s menu and go to Bookmarks > Import bookmarks and settings.
On the next screen, select Mozilla Firefox from the drop-down menu and click on Import button. All your passwords saved on Firefox along with other browsing data will be imported to Chrome within few seconds.
If you are exporting Firefox’s saved passwords to a different machine then download the FF Password Exporter from GitHub. It’s completely free and available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Download the portable file and you won’t need to install it on your computer, just click to run.
Now, run the application and it will automatically detect Firefox’s user profile directory. Finally, click on Export Passwords and save the file as CSV.
After exporting saved passwords into CSV file, you can follow the first method mentioned above on how to import passwords to Chrome from CSV file and you will be good to go.
3. Import Passwords to Google Chrome from Microsoft Edge and Opera
Good thing about Microsoft Edge and Opera are based on Chromium, interoperability with Chrome is pretty good. The steps for exporting and importing passwords are almost same. Just open edge://settings/passwords on Microsoft Edge and opera://settings/passwords on Opera browser. After that, click on the 3-dot menu and select Export. Now, save the exported CSV file.
Now, follow the instructions mentioned in the first section of this article to import saved passwords from CSV file. Finally, all your passwords saved on Edge and Opera will be imported to Chrome without any problems.
If you are still using the old Edge browser, you won’t be able to import passwords to Chrome directly. First, you need to sign in with your Microsoft account on legacy Edge and then install the Chromium based Edge on top of the legacy Edge. All your saved passwords on legacy Edge will automatically move to Chromium based Edge. After that, you can comfortably restart from Step 1 of this section.
Easily Migrate from Any Browser to Google Chrome
Above tutorial explained 3 ways through which you can import passwords to Chrome from other browsers. You can follow above step-by-step guide for all major browsers including Firefox, the new Edge, Opera and basically any browser that allows users to export the saved passwords in a CSV file. However, Safari does not allow users to export passwords due to Keychain encryption.