Passwords might be a hassle to remember, but they’re also necessary. With the number of accounts the everyday person has now, remembering them can be a bit of a headache.
Good for us, there are password management apps and features built into most browsers and devices. In this article, we’re talking about Google Smart Lock and whether or not it’s good enough.
Is Google Smart Lock good enough?
Google Smart Lock is essentially a password remembering tool that’ll fill in passwords for you on a login page, provided you’ve saved your password for that particular website beforehand.
However, the catch with it is its lack of a master password, meaning just about anyone with access to your laptop can go in and access all of your passwords. Google has improved this feature to now ask for your Windows or macOS password when trying to view your saved passwords, but the feature still lacks a master password.
Apart from this, Smart Lock isn’t exactly supported in a lot of apps at the moment. Yes, the list is growing, but it’s going to be some time before it’s useable to a larger number of people. Other limitations include only working in Chrome, not having dedicated UI and password generation features.
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Turn off Google Smart Lock in Chrome
Here’s how you can disable Smart Lock in Chrome.
Step 1: Open Chrome and click the three vertical dots in the top right. Click on Settings to proceed.
Step 2: Search for Passwords in the search bar and click the corresponding result.
Step 3: Make sure that the Offer to save passwords and Auto Sign-in sliders are disabled.
Once you’ve done this, you can now go ahead and delete individual passwords from the list underneath.
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Turn off Google Smart Lock on Android
Here’s how you can disable Smart Lock on Android devices. It’s pretty much the same as for Chrome on PC.
- Open Chrome and tap the three vertical dots in the top right.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Passwords.
- Disable the Save passwords and Auto Sign-in sliders.
Once again, when you’re done with this, you can go ahead and delete individual passwords from the list below. Keep in mind that if you’re logged into Chrome on PC and Chrome on your Android (or iPhone for that matter) using the same Google account, your settings will be synced automatically, and you won’t have to repeat this process for both devices.
Turn off Google Smart Lock for all apps
Apart from remembering your passwords on Chrome, Google’s Smart Lock also remembers passwords for all other apps on your phone if you’re running it on Android. Here’s how to disable Google smart lock on Android..
- Head over to your phone’s settings and tap Google.
- Tap Auto-fill.
- Tap Auto-fill with Google.
- Disable the Auto-fill with Google slider to disable the feature.
You can tap on the Passwords option below to see a list of saved credentials and remove them if you like.
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