How to use your Android phone's built-in password manager

How to use your Android phone’s built-in password manager

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Android devices are loaded with features that make it easier to navigate your digital life, and one of the most useful is the password manager.

Password managers not only store your login information for frictionless loginsthey also facilitate the create strong and unique passwords for each app or website you use. This is important because hackers have a plethora of strategies to circumvent weak passwords, and reusing passwords compromises multiple accounts if someone steals your login credentials.

While we normally suggest using a highly rated third party password manager service, the advantage of using the one on Android is that it is free and integrated with your device. You don’t need to buy or download any additional app to use it. It also conveniently links your encrypted password information to your Google Account, so your saved credentials are accessible anywhere you’re signed in with your Google Account. Google will also monitor your passwords and alert you to any leaks.

How to Activate Google Password Manager on Android

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  1. On your Android device, go to Settings > Privacy > Google Autofill Serviceor use the search bar in the settings menu to find “Autofill”.
  2. To permit “Use autofill with Google.”
  3. Make sure you’re signed in to the correct Google account.
  4. Faucet ” Passwords “ from the AutoFill menu list to open the Password Manager menu.
  5. Tap the gear-shaped setting icon in the top right, then enable “Offer to save passwords” If you want your device to save login information for apps you use and websites you visit in Chrome. Note that Google’s Password Manager will not save passwords used in other browser apps such as Firefox or Edge, but these apps also offer their own password management features.

With these settings enabled, your phone will now suggest new passwords whenever you create new accounts in apps or websites and keep them safe. However, there are a few other optional settings you can enable.

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  • If you want to make connections even easier, enable “Auto Connect” and your phone will automatically enter saved usernames and passwords whenever prompted.
  • For added security, enable “Password Alerts” to be notified if any of your passwords are found online. It’s like using Have I been pwned to verify leaked passwords, but Google constantly and automatically checks and alerts you if a login is compromised.

How to manage stored passwords with Google Password Manager

With Google Password Manager now enabled on your device, you can find, view, and edit saved passwords in the Google Password Manager menu. All stored login information is displayed in the list at the bottom of the screen.

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Tap any of the listed websites or apps to view account information and the currently saved password (you will need to provide your lock screen PIN, password, or fingerprint to access this menu). Once there, you can edit or delete the stored password information.

Security controle

If you get a password security alert or want to check the strength of each saved password, go to Settings > Privacy > Google Autofill Service > Passwords and select “Check passwords” to open the password verification tool. Faucet “Check passwords” on the next screen, then follow the instructions.

Export password data

You can export password data from Google Password Manager under Settings > Privacy > Google Autofill > Passwords > Settings > Export Passwords. This creates a file of your password data which you can then import to another service such as 1Password, or use as a backup for offline backup.

Autofill personal information, payment information and more

Although not strictly tied to Google’s password manager, Android phones can store and autofill many other useful personal information such as your name, date of birth, and gender. the addresses of your home, your place of work or frequently visited places; and payment methods like credit card numbers or Google Pay. You can enable these features and edit all saved information from Settings > Privacy > Google Autofill Service.

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