Google Chrome will soon let you manually add new passwords
You will also be able to add notes to saved passwords
While there are tons of great dedicated password managers out there, sometimes the easiest solution is to rely on the browser you already use on all your devices. Google has recognized that the password manager it’s built into Chrome and Android is a valuable asset, and as such the company has consistently improved it over the past few years. The latest feature coming to Google Password Manager is the ability to manually add new passwords, as well as the ability to add notes to saved credentials.
As spotted by Redditor u/Leopeva64-2, Chrome Canary 101 might get a new “Add” button under chrome://settings/passwords, allowing you to manually drop a site, username, and password, without having to rely on Google’s usual autosave prompt. That’s right – so far Chrome has only allowed you to save new passwords using a prompt when entering credentials on a website, with no manual route accessible. (other than a complicated import workflow using a CSV file).
Another interesting new option is visible directly in the Add password mask, with a new To note ground at the bottom. It will allow you to enter any additional context you need for your account, whether it’s the last time you changed your password or the answer to a security question you might need to reset the account. The new field is also available for existing passwords.
Most other password managers have long supported these two standard features, and their absence has always bothered us, making Google’s built-in password manager a tool we’re hesitant to recommend. With these latest additions, that could change, however, and Chrome could become a viable alternative for anyone already deeply integrated into Google’s ecosystem anyway.
It seems the functionality is still hidden behind some more obscure command line flags or switches, but given u/Leopeva64-2’s track record, we’re confident the password hints are real and will come sooner or later to the browser.
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