Every modern browser has a function to save passwords in its built-in password manager. It saves you from the trouble of having to type login credentials every time you visit the website. But, what can you do if the auto-fill doesn’t work for some reason and you can’t remember the username or password? In this scenario, it would be very helpful if you have a backup of your passwords.
Another scenario is you are considering changing your primary browser or switching to a new laptop, and you need to move all of your passwords. One way is to do it manually site by site. And, it is possible if you have only a few passwords saved in your browser. But, if you stored tens of passwords and login data, it’ll take a lot of your time and manual work. For this situation, the fastest and a lot simpler approach is to export all the saved passwords at once directly from your browser, after that import them wherever you would like to.
Also, if you believe that your passwords were compromised and wish to update all the passwords on bulk, it’s a decent idea you download or export all passwords in a CSV file. You can modify the passwords and import back to your browser with the updated passwords. Many password managers also allow users to import their passwords from a CSV file.
So, in this post, let’s find out how you can backup or export all saved passwords in popular web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Opera browsers.
Export Saved Passwords from Web Browsers
Export Passwords from Google Chrome
It’s simply an easy process to export all passwords from Chrome and save in a CSV file to your computer. You don’t require to use any third-party tools to backup your passwords – this is an option that is available natively in Chrome. Follow the steps below:
Step 1: Open Chrome and go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Passwords’. Or simply, go to this URL in the Chrome address bar: “chrome://settings/passwords”.
Step 2: Scroll down until you get into the section called “Saved Passwords’. Then, click on the Menu (vertical three dots) button > ‘Export passwords’.
Step 3: Windows detects that you want to export your browser passwords. To verify it’s you, it’ll ask you to enter your Windows username and password. You have also an option to proceed with Microsoft login details ( Microsoft account must be connected to your PC).
Step 4: Now, choose the location where you want to save the passwords. Then click on ‘Save’.
That’s it! Now, all your passwords are saved on your PC and available to view and modify.
Note: The CSV file is not encrypted. Anyone can read it using a simple text editor. For this reason, it’s advisable you don’t keep the document on your local computer for any longer than you absolutely need to.
How to import a CSV file back to Chrome?
By default, the password import option is disabled in Chrome, and you need to enable it from the Chrome flags page. To do so, enter “chrome://flags” in the Chrome address bar. On the flags page that opens, search for ‘password import’. You’ll see a password import flag. Just choose ‘Enabled’ from the drop-down and relaunch the browser.
Now open Chrome password manager page again. Click on the three dots button next to ‘Saved password’. This time, you’ll see an additional option ‘Import’ added here (previously there was only ‘Export passwords’ option).
Click on the ‘Import’ option and select the CSV file. Your passwords will be updated in Chrome password manager. Remember, the file will overwrite any existing username and password for a particular website.
Export Passwords from Mozilla Firefox
Firefox doesn’t offer a built-in option to export your passwords. The only way you can quickly do it is to use a third-party tool. PasswordFox and FF Password Exporter are the two apps mentioned in the Firefox support forum that can help you do that. But, if you aren’t comfortable using third-party tools to pull out passwords from your browser, you can use other indirect methods too. Use any of these 4 tricks to export password from Firefox.
Method 1: Move Firefox Profile Data
Firefox stores all important data including login details on your local computer, inside the Firefox profile folder. The password data is stored in two different files – key4.db and logins.json. Coping these two files allows users to move login data between different Firefox browsers.
So, you can copy the two files and save them to backup passwords. And when you’re switching to another computer or reinstalling a fresh copy of Firefox, you can just paste previously backed up key4.db and logins.json files to the profile folder to get back all your passwords.
You can open the Firefox profile folder by entering this path in Windows Explorer address bar: %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\
Method 2: Manually Note Down Firefox Passwords
If you have only a few passwords saved in Firefox, then, I think the best method would be to manually backup your passwords by noting down username and password for every website.
To access your saved passwords in Mozilla Firefox, navigate to this path: Menu > ‘Options’ > ‘Privacy and Security’ > ‘Forms and Passwords’ > ‘Saved logins’. Then click ‘Show Passwords’ button to view all saved passwords. Now, copy the username and password of a particular website by right-clicking on that row, Or just note down all usernames, passwords, and URLs in a text editor.
Note: Unlike other browsers, Mozilla Firefox doesn’t ask your Windows user identity to view saved passwords. Firefox has got a separate master password function to protect your passwords. If you haven’t set a master password, anyone who has access to your PC can see your logins and passwords.
Method 3: Export Passwords from Firefox through Chrome
Google Chrome supports passwords import from Firefox. So, you can just transfer your Firefox logins to Google Chrome and export them as a CSV file from Chrome.
First, install Google Chrome – if you haven’t already. And, if you’re already using Chrome, create a new user profile, where you’ll import your Firefox passwords.
Open the fresh copy of Chrome, and click on the Menu > ‘Bookmarks’ > ‘Import bookmarks and settings’. This will open up a pop-up window with a drop-down menu. Choose ‘Mozilla Firefox’ from the drop-down and select ‘Saved passwords’ (uncheck all the other boxes). Now, click the ‘Import’ button. If the import has been successful, all your passwords are now available in Chrome to export.
Note: Make sure to close the Firefox browser if it’s open, to avoid any unsuccessful attempt.
Method 4: Using FF Password Exporter
FF Password Exporter is a free portable program for Windows, macOS, and Linux. The software makes it quick and easy to export all of your passwords from Firefox. First, download the FF Password Exporter software from Github. Once you downloaded, just double-click on the .exe file to run the program.
The application will automatically detect your default user profile from the Firefox profile folder. Otherwise, you can choose it manually if you have multiple user profiles.
If you have a master password set in your Firefox, enter it in the ‘Firefox Master Password’ field. Otherwise, leave this field blank.
Now, click on ‘Export Passwords’. Then, select the location and name of the file, and click ‘Save’. By default, the file is saved in CSV file format. You can use the file to import your passwords in other web browsers and password managers.
Export Passwords from Opera Browser
Open Opera browser and use its address bar to go to “opera://settings/passwords”. The further steps are the same as you learned for Chrome ?
Export Passwords from Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge stores your web credentials, like username, passwords, and URLs in Windows Vault. Although you can view all saved passwords in ‘Web Credential Manager’ under Control Panel, you cannot export them directly from the browser.
To export your passwords from Microsoft Edge, you can use a reliable third-party software called VaultPasswordView from Nirsoft. The software is free to use and portable as well.
- Download the zip file of VaultPasswordView software, then extract the downloaded zip file.
- Run the program by double-clicking on the .exe file.
- Select the root folder from the drop-down, for example, “C:\” for most people. Then click the ‘Automatic Fill’ button. The rest of the fields will be populated automatically.
- Enter your Windows login password and press ‘Ok’.
The software will now show you all your passwords, usernames, and websites that you saved using Microsoft Edge. To export your passwords, press Ctrl+A and select all items, click on the ‘File’ option, then choose ‘Save Selected Items’ and save the data as CSV file. You can also export the data in XML, HTML, or TXT file format.
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