How To Delete All Saved Passwords on Chrome
If you’re like most internet users, you’ve probably created more than a few accounts so far. Social media platforms, subscription services, and all kinds of websites require you to join their community by signing up.
With time, keeping track of all your login info becomes increasingly difficult. Browsers take advantage of this and offer you an easy way of accessing websites by remembering your login info. It’s a sneaky way of securing your loyalty. You’d want to use the browser on all your devices so that you can sync your login info.
However convenient this might be, it doesn’t come without flaws.
First of all, you’re bound to forget your passwords after a while. Maybe even your usernames.
Also, what happens if you’re not the only one using your computer? Maybe your family members have access to it, or you want to lend it to a friend. In this case, you’ll want to make sure nobody can log into your accounts. Thankfully, there’s a convenient solution to this problem. You’d make sure to log out of your Gmail account on Chrome, and your login info won’t show up in settings anymore.
To be absolutely sure, the brute force method would be to delete all saved passwords.
Deleting All Passwords the Easy Way
Unless you pause tracking, Google Chrome holds your browsing data, such as your history, cookies, and passwords that you allow it to save. You can remove all this data in a few simple steps.
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner and click on More Tools. In the window that appears, click on Clear Browsing Data.
- Go to Advanced
- Make sure that the timeframe is set to All time.
- Click on the checkbox next to Passwords, along with all other data you want to remove.
- Click Clear Data to delete all passwords and selected data.
This shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.
If you can’t access the Clear browsing data window using the hotkeys, you can do it manually by typing chrome://history into the address bar and selecting Clear browsing data. Then follow steps 3-6 in the above tutorial.
This will delete all your passwords permanently, so you’ll be asked to enter the login data when you try to log into a website, after which Chrome will once again ask you if you want to save the password.
If you’d like to tell Chrome to forget about this, there’s an easy way to do so.
Delete All Passwords On Your Google Account
Deleting all of your saved passwords from Chrome is one thing, but you can also delete them all from your Google Accounts too. All you need to do is open up Google Chrome and make sure you’re signed in (click the profile icon in the upper right-hand corner), and follow these steps:
- Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner. Then click Settings.
- Then click on Autofill on the right-hand side. Next, click on Passwords.
- Now, click on the blue hyperlink Google Account.
- A new window will open. You can choose to export your passwords, or you can click on the Settings cog in the upper right-hand corner and select the X next to each password you’d like to delete.
If you have multiple Google accounts, you may need to follow these steps for each account. To keep your passwords from saving, follow the steps in the next section.
Preventing Google Chrome from Prompting to Save Passwords
If you’re annoyed by the pop-up window that shows up every time you try to log into a new website, you can turn this option off within Google Chrome’s settings. Here’s what you have to do:
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click on the three-dot menu in the top-right corner of the window.
- Click on Autofill in the left-hand menu.
- Scroll down slightly and click on Passwords.
- Toggle the option for Offer to save passwords off.
After you do this, Chrome will no longer ask you to save passwords. If you change your mind, you can always toggle this option back on.
What to Do with Your Passwords?
Are there any alternatives to Chrome remembering your passwords? In fact, there are at least a couple of options.
You can go old school and write the passwords down on a piece of paper. However, this might not be the best idea, as there’s always a chance that someone might find it.
Instead, you could benefit from a password manager app. There are a ton of them out there, and they’re a secure way of remembering your passwords. They’re available for desktop and mobile devices, so you can access your passwords whenever you need them.
It’s important to mention that you should only go with a password app that has a good track record. And this usually means an established company that you’d feel comfortable entrusting with your login info.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I delete only one saved password?
If you like to keep Chrome neat and tidy, you can delete only one password at a time. Of course, if you delete saved passwords regularly and when you no longer need them, this can increase your online security too.
All you need to do is follow the steps above to get to the Passwords page on Chrome. Click on the three vertical dots next to the password you’d like to delete and click Remove.
The username and password will disappear.
Is Google’s Password manager secure?
For most people, Google Password Manager does just fine for protecting your sensitive information. But it’s important to keep in mind that Chrome’s main priority certainly isn’t a password keeper.
So, if you’re concerned about the security of your passwords, it’s best to use a service meant specifically for that, such as LastPass.
The Final Word
Generally, the only device you’ll want Chrome to save your passwords on is the one that nobody uses but you. If there’s a chance that other people might get access to Chrome from your device, you can also choose to log out of Chrome instead of deleting all passwords.
Password managers are the gold standard when it comes to keeping your passwords safe, so you may want to give them a try. If you have, share your recommendations in the comments section below.