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How to get back the forgotten passwords in Chrome

How to get back the forgotten passwords in Chrome




You accidentally deleted all of your passwords and login info saved in Google Chrome and want to get back? Have no fear, it's not a simple process but it is possible.

You see, Google Chrome keeps all your profile information like history, bookmarks, extensions, settings, and most importantly your passwords in a folder named "User Data". User Data is typically stored in

"C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data".

What you'll be looking for is the AppData folder, which is hidden by default. To access and view its contents you'll need to enable viewing hidden files first.

 

Here's how to do this:

1.  Turn on the view hidden files & folders option.

2.  Then launch Windows Control Panel.

3.  Afterward, you need to find Folder Options.

4.  Hit the View tab

5.  Finally check "Show hidden files, folders, and drives".

6.  Press OK.

 

Now, to revert the Chrome User Data folder to an older version and restore your old data you need to do this.

      1. Close the browser if you were using it.

      2. Launch Windows Explorer and go to 

          "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\"

          *Note that "%USERNAME% " is your username.

      3.  After you've navigated the folders and found the right on right click on the User Data folder 

           and find "Restore previous versions" in the drop-down menu.

      4. Finally, select a previous version of User Data and hit "Restore".

          If you the "Restore previous versions" field is greyed out or unavailable then I'm afraid getting 

          your old passwords back might be impossible.

  

If you find the steps above trivial and want to prevent the silly case reoccurring, you could use a free password manager like Cyclonis Password Manager. It helps store and administer website login accounts and your ID card. Additionally, you can also choose the cloud storage option, where to store your most sensitive personal data, locally or on Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive or Google Drive. Download its extension for Chrome, so that it is impossible to forget the passwords in Chrome.

 

(Note: the extension needs Cyclonis Password Manager application to be installed and running.)

Once you've done all that start up Google Chrome up again. All of your previously lost passwords and data should be restored.









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