Google just announced several updates to its Password Manager service in a blog post (opens in a new tab). Google has been working for a while to compete with the best password managers but often lacks the features that other managers have provided. With this latest update, Google hopes to make their platform stand above third-party options.
Google Password Manager: New Features
The biggest update that comes with this update is the ability to add passwords directly to the app. Previously, users needed to add their password when prompted by Google to save their password after logging into a website. Users can now simply go into the password manager and manually add passwords for their most commonly used logins.
Additionally, Google has announced that Android users can create a shortcut to their home screen to let them launch Google Password Manager instantly. iOS users also get something. Google will now allow iPhone users to generate passwords for their iOS apps when you set Chrome as your autofill provider.
Google Password Manager: Is it Consistent Across Devices?
Google says that with these new updates, users will have “the same simple and unified management experience in Chrome and Android settings.” While this is subject to change, at the time of this writing, that is not entirely the case.
Chrome’s password manager for Windows 10 and Google’s Android are very similar, but with one notable exception. Chrome’s Password Manager on PC won’t let you manually add a password from the Google Password Manager website. Instead, users need to go to chrome://settings/passwords, where they can manually add as many passwords as they want.
Google Password Manager: How to Add Passwords on Chrome for Windows 10
- Go to chrome://settings/password
- Scroll down to Saved Passwords and select more
- Enter the URL, username and password for the password you want to add
- Click to save
And that’s it. The password will now show up in the list of saved passwords on your devices.
Google Password Manager: How to Add Passwords on Android
You have to take a few steps to access Google Password Manager. But when you’re actually in Google’s Password Manager on Android, the process is simple. There will be a “+” icon next to your saved password. Just tap that icon and enter the credentials you want to save.
You can make accessing Google Password Manager simpler on Android by setting up a shortcut on your phone’s home screen. To add this shortcut, click the gear icon in the top right corner of the Password Manager. This will open your settings for Password Manager and you will see a section that allows you to add keyboard shortcuts. Just tap that, and you’re done.
Until Google releases a standalone app for Password Manager, it will be difficult to justify using it over a third-party app. I personally use Bitwarden, yes best free tier of any password managerr. Still, it’s nice to see Google focusing on this important aspect of digital security.