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How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

Google Chrome is by far one of the best browsers around right now. The browser has features to enhance the user experience massively and makes browsing the internet a joy.

Most browsers allow you to import passwords from different files, including spreadsheets. However support for a rather common file format, CSV isn’t seen that often.

In this article, we’re going over three different ways you can import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome.

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Using the Password import flag

Support for importing passwords from CSV files is present in Chrome but is a hidden experimental feature that you’d have to manually enable. 

Note that this feature may or may not be present in your build of Chrome. In case it isn’t you can move on to the next method. 

Step 1: Type chrome://flags in the address bar and hit enter.

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

Step 2: Search for password import using the search bar up top.

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

Step 3: Change the Default drop-down to Enabled. 

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

Step 4: Use the Relaunch button on the bottom right to restart Chrome.

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

Importing your passwords

Now that we’ve enabled the Password Import setting, here’s how we can import passwords using a CSV file. 

Step 1: Click the three veridical dots on the top right in Chrome and select Settings. 

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

Step 2: Under the Autofill section, click on Passwords.

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

Step 3: Click the three vertical dots in front of the Saved Passwords section.

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

Step 4: Click on Import. Now navigate to where your file is stored and double click on it to import all passwords. 

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

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Enable Password import using Command Prompt or Terminal

In case you don’t see the Password Import flag in your build of Chrome, you can force enable the feature using Command Prompt if you’re on Windows, or the terminal if you’re on macOS or Linux. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open the run prompt. Type in cmd and press enter to open the Command Prompt. 

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

Step 2: Navigate to the Chrome installation directory. If you’ve not made any changes while installing Chrome, this command should work fine for you. 

cd “\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application”

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

Step 3: Next up, launch Chrome with password enable as a launch parameter. 

chrome.exe -enable-features=PasswordImport

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

Chrome will automatically launch after this command. You can now use the same steps in the aforementioned method to import your passwords. 

If you’re following this guide on macOS, here’s the command you need to enter..

/Applications/Google\ Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\ Chrome -enable-features=PasswordImport

This is once again, assuming that you’ve installed Chrome with no changes during installation. 


Using DevTools 

Another way of unhiding the import password functionality is to use the Devtools utility to modify some code. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Click the three veridical dots on the top right in Chrome and select Settings. 

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

Step 2: Under the Autofill section, click on Passwords.

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

Step 3: Click the three vertical dots in front of the Saved Passwords section.

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Step 4: Right-click on Export passwords and click on Inspect. 

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

Step 5: In the Devtools pain to the right, locate the button tag for the import option and remove the hidden parameter from that. You’ll find the tag just above the highlighted element.

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Step 6: Click on the three vertical dots again and you’ll see the import option right there. 

How to import passwords from CSV in Google Chrome?

You can now import your passwords using the steps shown above.

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