Google Password Manager is a convenient tool for saving and managing your passwords. You can make it work even more efficiently with these tips.
Google’s Password Manager is a great tool for managing your passwords. It encrypts and stores your login information, so you can have your passwords synchronized between all of your devices to log into websites and email accounts faster.
Even better, it’s fairly easy to set up strong and unique passwords that don’t repeat easily across your accounts. Here, we’ll take a look at a few settings to make your experience on Android even better.
1. Add a Google Password Manager Shortcut to Your Home Screen
It can be frustrating at times to have to switch between apps and open the Google Password Manager webpage just to access your complete list of passwords. Fortunately, there’s an easy way out here—simply add the Google Password manager shortcut to your home screen. Here’s how:
- On your smartphone, navigate to Settings > Privacy.
- Scroll down to the Google section, and tap Auto-fill service from Google. Make sure the slider is toggled on.
- Next, tap Passwords.
- On the next screen, tap the gear icon (the top-right corner) to access the Password Manager dashboard.
- Scroll down, and tap Add shortcut to your home screen.
- Tap Add, or drag the shortcut to position it anywhere on your device’s home screen.
2. Create a Custom Passphrase to Encrypt Your Data
If you’re using Google Chrome, consider setting up a custom passphrase to encrypt your data. It can be a helpful feature if you don’t wish to see your passwords online. Here’s how to do this:
- Launch the Google Chrome app on your smartphone.
- In the top-right corner, click the three-dot menu and go to Settings.
- Next, tap on Sync. Under the Advanced section, select Encryption.
- In the confirmation screen, select Encrypt synced data with your own sync passphrase.
- Create a new passphrase, confirm, and tap Save.
- Once done, your passwords will no longer be visible on the Google Password Manager website.
- To reverse the process, follow Steps 1 to 4. Tap on Reset sync in the confirmation screen, then select Clear Data.
3. Check Up On Compromised Passwords
You can use a password manager on your Android device to save you time by helping you create strong passwords, facilitate quick logins across the web, and store them all in a single location. It’s also important to make sure that your passwords are strong.
Google’s Password Manager can help you check your existing passwords to let you know if there are any weak or vulnerable ones, as well as alert you to security issues on your devices/accounts.
To keep your online accounts secure, avoid re-using passwords. If your password is compromised, it could lead to unauthorized logins and access to a multitude of sites. To check for compromised passwords, follow the steps outlined below:
- In your mobile browser, navigate to the Google Password Manager website.
- Select Go to Password Checkup > Check passwords.
- You’ll need to verify your biometrics/screen lock pattern for your Google account. Tap Continue and follow the on-screen instructions.
- The process will take a few seconds to complete. You’ll get a list of sites—ones with reused passwords, weak passwords, and compromised passwords. You can change them right away using the Change password option, if necessary.
4. Export Your Passwords
As we noted earlier, if you aren’t careful, passwords can be a bit of a security risk. Consider downloading your passwords in a CSV file or exporting them to other Android password manager apps, all the more so if you’re setting up a new device or if you need to export your data for backup purposes. Here’s how to do this:
- On your mobile browser, go to the Google Password Manager website.
- Tap the gear icon in the top-right corner.
- Scroll down and tap Export passwords.
- Click on the arrow to the right. In the pop-up box, tap Export to confirm.
- Next, you’ll be asked to verify your Google account credentials or biometrics/screen lock. Tap Continue and follow the on-screen instructions to verify your account.
- Once you’ve logged in successfully, the download process will start automatically.
- You can now download the file in CSV format to your device’s local storage.
Get the Most Out of Google Password Manager
Passwords can be a daunting aspect of online safety for many people, but Google’s Password Manager makes it easy to manage them all. In addition to creating unique passwords and using two-factor authentication, the settings mentioned above can relieve some unnecessary stress and improve your overall experience.
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