Google has just announced several updates to its Password Manager service in domain Blog post (Opens in a new tab). Google has been working for some time to compete with it The best password managers But it often lacks the features other managers have offered. With this latest update, Google hopes to put its platform above third-party options.
Google Password Manager: New Features
The biggest update that comes with this update is the ability to add passwords directly to the app. Previously, users needed to add their password when Google asked them to save their password after already logging into a web page. Now, users can simply enter the password manager and manually add passwords for their most frequently used logins.
Additionally, Google announced that Android users can create a shortcut to their home screen that will allow them to launch Google Password Manager right away. iOS users get something too. Google will now allow iPhone users to create passwords for their iOS apps when Chrome is set as the autofill provider.
Google Password Manager: Is it consistent across devices?
Google says that with these new updates, users will have “the same simplified and unified management experience in Chrome and Android settings.” While this may change, that is not the case at the time of writing.
Google Chrome password managers for Windows 10 and Android are very similar, but with a notable exception. Chrome on PC Password Manager will not allow you to manually add passwords from the Google Password Manager website. Instead, users need to go to chrome://settings/passwords, where they can then add as many passwords manually as they wish.
Google Password Manager: How to add a password on Chrome for Windows 10
- Go to chrome://settings/passwords
- Scroll down to Saved Passwords and select Add
- Enter the URL, username and password for the password you wish to add
- Click Save
And that’s it. The password will now appear in the list of passwords saved across your devices.
Google Password Manager: How to add a password on Android
You have to jump through several hoops to access Google Password Manager. But once you are actually in the Google Password Manager on Android, the process is very simple. There will be a “+” symbol next to your saved passwords. Just click on this icon and enter the login information you wish to save.
You can make accessing Google Password Manager even simpler on Android by setting up a shortcut on your phone’s home screen. To add this shortcut, click the gear icon in the upper right corner of Password Manager. This will open your Settings for Password Manager, and you’ll see a section that allows you to add a shortcut. Just tap on that, and you’re done.
Until Google releases a standalone application for Password Manager, it will be difficult to justify its use over a third-party application. I personally use Bitwarden, which The best free level of any password managers. However, it is good to see Google focus on this important aspect of digital security.
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