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How To Import Passwords Into Chrome From CSV File

Google Chrome browser allows users to export saved passwords to a CSV file so that users can back up web passwords saved in the browser.

As you likely know, earlier versions (version 75 and earlier) offered a flag to enable the hidden import passwords option, which would allow us to import passwords from a CSV file into the Chrome browser. One could navigate to chrome://flags page (type in the address bar and hit the enter key) and enable the PasswordImport flag.

As said, the PasswordImport flag is no longer available on the chrome://flags page. Many users who have previously exported Chrome passwords to a CSV file are now wondering how to import passwords into the Chrome browser.

Well, luckily, you can enable the password import option again in the current version of Chrome (at least in Chrome 79 and 80). Here is how to enable the import password option and import passwords into the Chrome browser from a CSV file.

Method 1 of 2

Import passwords into the Chrome browser

This method should work in macOS as well.

Step 1: Launch the Chrome browser. Type chrome://settings/passwords in the address bar and then press the Enter key to open the passwords page quickly.

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Step 2: In the Saved Passwords section, click on the three vertical dots icon (refer to the picture below) to see the Export passwords option.

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Note that the three vertical dots icon doesn’t show up if there are no passwords saved in Chrome. You need to have saved at least one password to see the vertical dots icon.

Step 3: Now, right-click on the Export passwords option and then click the Inspect option.

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Step 4: Clicking the Inspect option will open the console on the right side. In the resulting console, look for the selected area.

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Step 5: Just above it (refer to the picture below), you can see the following section. Here, select the “Hidden” text by double-clicking on it, delete the “Hidden” text, and then click the Enter button. We have just enabled the hidden Import option!

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You may close the console (not the Chrome password tab) now.

Step 6: Finally, in the Saved Passwords section, click on the three vertical dots icon to see the Import option. Click on the Import option to get the Open dialog. Select the CSV file containing the passwords and then click the open button to import passwords into Chrome.

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Note that you will have to repeat these steps every time you want to import passwords into Chrome.

Method 2 of 2

Enable the missing password import option in Chrome

This method did not work for us in Chrome 80, but might work for you!

Step 1: Create a shortcut of Chrome shortcut on the desktop. Search for Chrome using the Start/taskbar search, right-click on Chrome result and then click Open file location.

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Step 2: Right-click on the Chrome shortcut, click Send to and then click Desktop (create shortcut) option to create the Chrome shortcut on the desktop.

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Step 3: On the desktop, right-click on the Chrome shortcut that you just created and then click Properties to open the properties dialog.

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Step 4: Under the Shortcut tab, add the following parameter at the end of the current Target path. Click Apply.

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Step 5: If you get the following prompt, click on the Continue button.

Step 6: Launch the Chrome browser now. Open the password page by typing chrome://settings/passwords in the address bar and then pressing the Enter key.

Step 7: In the Saved Passwords section, click on the three vertical dots icon (you need to have saved at least one password to see the icon) to see the Import option. Click the Import option, select the CSV file, and then click the Open button to import the passwords into the CSV file.

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Let us know which method worked for you by leaving a comment below.

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