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How do I get a forgotten password from chrome?

How do I get a forgotten password from chrome?



There's a high probability that at one point or another, you've forgotten a password for an online account. So, you most likely know how bad the feeling is, and you've most likely been through the "forgotten password" procedure which, in some cases, is a major headache. What you may not know, however, is that while you have forgotten your password, Google Chrome might keep them safe. Here are a few things you can try to recover access to your accounts.

Open Google Chrome and type chrome://settings/passwords. This leads you directly to the Chrome password manager. If you have used it to save some of your passwords, they should be in front of you. Just click the Show button, and the browser will display them in plain text. Make sure no one's looking over your shoulder, though.

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Some years ago, Google also implemented a system which lets you sync the passwords you save in Chrome across multiple devices, and they can also be viewed from the web. It should be pointed out that password syncing will only work if you are signed into Chrome with your Google account when you're saving them.

Go to https://passwords.google.com and sign in with your Google account. What you should see is pretty similar to what is available at chrome://settings/passwords. Any passwords you've saved with Google Chrome should be listed in there. If they're not, you (or someone else) might have deleted them. In that case, you can try one more thing to try to restore access to your account. It can't guarantee success, but it's worth a try, especially if you are locked out of numerous websites.

Open Windows Explorer and go to C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome. Bear in mind that you need to replace [USERNAME] with the username of your Windows account. In some cases, C: might not be your system drive. Check the letter of the drive that hosts the operating system. 

Once you've found the correct file path, locate the User Data folder and right-click on it. Click Restore previous versions, select one of the previous versions of the folder, and click Restore. When you complete the process, open Google Chrome and go back to chrome://settings/passwords to see if your passwords have reappeared. If this doesn't work, you'll need to reset your forgotten passwords manually. 

All of this can be avoided if you use a password management application. Using a dedicated password manager is a much more convenient way of managing not just your login credentials, but the rest of your sensitive information. Everything is locked in an encrypted vault, and unlike Chrome, most password managers won't display your data in plain text until you enter your master password.

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