How to import passwords into Google Chrome using a CSV file

Unfortunately, Google Chrome doesn't offer too many options for importing passwords. To import passwords, you will need to rely on CSV (comma separated values) files.

Fortunately, most web browsers, Chrome included, allow the user to export passwords as spreadsheets. Using CSV files to import passwords is a whole different story. The problem is that Chrome's CSV import feature is still in its experimental phase, which means you'll have to manually enable it if you want to use it.

In this entry, we are going to help you import passwords to Google Chrome via CSV file and dig a little deeper into the subject.

How to import a password into Google Chrome using a CSV file?

There are three great ways to import passwords into Google Chrome using CSV files. The first method is to tweak your Google Chrome settings and enable the experimental feature.

However, your version of Chrome may not have the feature present. Don't worry, that's what the two additional methods are for. So, let's dive into it.

1. Enabling the Import Password Flag

The easiest way to set up the experimental feature is to use the Chrome Experiments panel. This is a "hidden" Chrome option that lists available experimental features that Google Chrome plans to release at some point.

Here's how to access the Experiences panel and enable the password import flag.

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Now type “chrome://flags” in the address bar and press Enter.
  3. Then type “password import” in the search bar.
  4. Then click on the drop-down menu on the left.
  5. Then select Enabled.
  6. A Relaunch button should appear in the lower right corner of the page; click on it.
  7. Now click on the three dots icon on the top right corner of the Chrome browser.
  8. Select Parameters in the drop-down menu.
  9. Under AutoFill, click Passwords.
  10. Go to the Saved Passwords section and click on the three dots icon on the far right.
  11. Select Import.
  12. Find and select the CSV file you want to import.
  13. Click on Open.

This should import all the passwords from the CSV file and merge them with the existing ones in Chrome. Note that similar entries are replaced. Turn it Password import indicator disabled after importing the passwords by returning to the Experiments panel. Then change the flag from Enabled return to Defect.

However, in some versions of Chrome, you won't be able to find the password import flag in the Experiences tab in the first place.

2. Enable CSV Password Import Using CMD Prompt

Whenever a feature is missing, whether it's Windows or macOS, someone in the know will launch the Command Prompt on Windows or the Terminal feature on Apple computers. Essentially, you can force Chrome to enable its hidden password import capability using CSV.

The downside here is that you will have to follow all the steps listed below every time you want to import passwords via CSV into Chrome. However, saying that, importing passwords into Chrome is unlikely to be something you'll be doing on a regular basis.

Enabling CSV in Windows via Command Prompt

  1. Go to the start menu
  2. Type "cmd. " 
  3. Now click on the Command Prompt enter to open it.
  4. Paste this command: cd “Program Files (x86)GoogleChromeApplication” in the console and press Enter.
  5. Then paste this command: chrome.exe -enable-features=Import password and keystroke Enter.
  6. In the Chrome window (automatically launches after entering said commands), go to Parameters.
  7. Then navigate to Passwords.
  8. Sous Saved passwords, select the three-dot icon.
  9. Select Import.
  10. Import the CSV file and confirm.

Enable CSV in macOS via Terminal

  1. Open the Researcher.
  2. Now select Go.
  3. In the drop-down menu, click Utilities.
  4. In the next window, double-click the Port Entrance.
  5. Once Terminal is open, paste this command /Applications/Google Chrome -enable-features=PasswordImport and hit Enter.
  6. Then Google Chrome will start automatically, click the menu in the upper right corner and select Parameters.
  7. Aller vers Passwords.
  8. At the right of Saved passwords, select the three-dot icon.
  9. Now click Import.
  10. Choose the CSV file and validate.

This is the most used method to import passwords into Google Chrome via CSV files when the import option is not found under Extras. You can also do this through the DevTools feature built into Chrome.

3. Enable CSV Password Import Using DevTools

If you prefer working in DevTools for Command Prompt/Terminal, you might like this method better to show the import option. This method is generally preferred by web developers familiar with DevTools.

  1. Again, open Google Chrome.
  2. Now go to Parameters.
  3. Select Passwords.
  4. Sous Saved passwords, locate the three-dot icon (mentioned above).
  5. Right click on the Export passwords (the only one available), in the drop-down menu, select Inspect, and a panel on the right of the browser window will appear.
  6. locate the word Cache just above the part of the code that is automatically highlighted.
  7. Now double click on Cache.
  8. Then press Clear on your keyboard then press Enter.
  9. Now focus away from the DevTools panel and onto the Google Chrome interface.
  10. Click the three-dot icon on the far right of Saved passwords.
  11. Un Import the option must be available; click on it.
  12. Select the CSV file you want to upload.
  13. Click on Open to confirm.

Keep in mind that this code change (removal of the word "hidden") is not permanent. You can exit the DevTools pane and the Import option will still be there. However, the moment you reload the page, the word will automatically reappear in DevTools.

Only the site owner can make permanent changes to a particular page. You will have to repeat this method each time you want to import passwords via a CSV file.

Additional FAQs

1. Can I import a CSV password back into Chrome?

Whether you are importing a password from one device to another in CSV format or you want to import the CSV password you just exported from Chrome, you can do so by following any of the methods mentioned below- above.

If the password import flag feature isn't available under Experiences in your browser's edition, use the command prompt, terminal, or dev tools in Chrome.

Google Chrome should help you migrate passwords from one device to another if you were using Chrome, so there's no need to resort to CSV files.

2. Can I import a CSV file into Edge?

Microsoft Edge constantly works behind other browsers and recently introduced a Chrome-like appearance, allowing the user to import bookmarks and various other settings. Importing passwords using Edge is unfortunately not possible. Such functionality does not exist and is not even included as a hidden option, as is the case with Chrome.

However, you can import saved passwords from any other installed browser.

1. Open the Edge browser and click on the three dots icon at the top right corner of the screen.

2. Click on Favorites.

3. Click the three dots icon in the Favorites window.

4. Select Import favorites.

5. Select the browser from which you want to import the passwords and uncheck everything except the Saved passwords entry.

6. Select Import.

3. How to export Chrome passwords in CSV format?

Although importing CSV passwords into Chrome is somewhat complicated and may involve the use of minimal coding, exporting it is very simple. That's because the CSV export feature isn't experimental — it's present in all versions of the Chrome browser. Here's how to export Chrome passwords in CSV format.

1. Open the Chrome browser and click on the three dots icon.

2. Go to Parameters, followed by Passwords.

3. Next, click on the three-dot icon next to Saved passwords.

4. Select Export password.

5. Click Export Password. Make sure that under Save as type it says “Microsoft Excel Comma Separated Values ​​File”.

6. Click on save to export all your Chrome passwords as a CSV file.

4. How do I import passwords into Chrome?

Unfortunately, Chrome is really lacking in the password import service. The only way to do this is to have a CSV file. You still need to use a hidden feature in Chrome called the password import flag.

Displaying it is relatively simple via the Experiences tab, but sometimes this feature is not even present. This means working with the command prompt, terminal, or in DevTools.

Fortunately, if you stick to the guidelines mentioned throughout the text, you will be able to import passwords in no time.

5. How to import a password from Google Chrome?

Password import mechanisms vary from browser to browser. For example, if you're using Edge, you can transfer passwords almost automatically from any browser, including Chrome. Firefox, for example, allows automatic imports, as well as importing from a file (CSV). When it comes to Opera, things work exactly the same as on Google Chrome.

Importing passwords into Google Chrome

Using CSV files to import login information into a modern browser is a bit of an outdated method. Unfortunately, Google Chrome doesn't give you much leeway. Either way, even if it requires some basic coding (it's as easy as copy/pasting and/or deleting a sentence), enabling the option to Password import is very simple and should cause you no problems.

We hope we have helped you import the login information into your Google Chrome browser using a CSV file. If you have any questions or anything else to add, hit the comments below and let us know.

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