How to use the login and password manager of sites and applications on Chrome and Android (Smartlock)
Fortunately, Google has met all users by providing its own staff password manager synchronizable via account, so that we can use the passwords on any device where our Google account is correctly configured.
Anyone who has any doubts about the security of this system can be reassured by the encryption option which tells us that passwords are encryptedi.e. made illegible on Google servers.
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How to store passwords on Google
Before setting up the Google password manager, it is advisable to activate two-factor authentication, so as to make access to our account much more secure (since it contains all our passwords, better to increase security). To configure two-factor authentication we can read our guide Google and Gmail login and login with 2-step verification.
How to store passwords on Google Chrome
To start storing passwords online with Google, make sure to start the Google Chrome browser on our PC or Mac, press the account icon at the top right and finally press on Enable sync, so that you can log in with the Google credentials we have.
Once Google synchronization is activated, press the account icon again, then click on the small key icon (i.e. the menu Password). In the window that will open, make sure to activate the switches next to the items Ask to save passwords is Automatic login.
Password manager is now active and ready to save the login credentials for all sites where login is expected; from now on we will only have to enter the login credentials once, taking care to press on Save in the warning window that will appear when logged in.
The synchronized passwords will be used automatically by the browser, we will only have to open the login page.
How to store passwords on Android
If we have passwords stored on Google Chrome, we can reuse them to access the associated sites and apps by configuring the password manager integrated in Android (always based on the Google account).
To activate it we open the app Settings, we press on the menu Google or Google account, press on Automatic compilation, then on again Automatic compilation and finally we press on Go on to confirm the association of our Google Account.
In this way, all passwords already saved on Google Chrome can also be used on Android, to access sites, and also applications (via the function SMARTLOCK). Just tap on the field where you have to write your name or login email to see a box asking if you want to use automatic filling. From the box you can also access the list of saved passwords and have the possibility to add new passwords by filling in the login fields and confirming the save window that will appear below.
How to store passwords on iPhone or iPad
If we use an iPhone or iPad, the only way to store passwords and use those already present in the online account is to use Google Chrome as a system browser.
Once the browser is installed on our Apple device, we open the app, press the menu with the three dots at the bottom right, then click on Settings and finally on Google sync and services. We press up on Sign in to Google and enter the login credentials for our Google account; at the end we open the menu again Settings of the app, we open the menu Password and make sure the switch next to the item is turned on Save password.
Now all the passwords entered in the browser will be synchronized online and, if we already have passwords saved, they will be used in the login screens.
How to check passwords online
Want to take a look at the passwords saved on your online Google account? In this case, simply access the Google Password Manager site from any browser, taking care to enter the username and password of the Google account (if required).
Here we will find the list of all the saved passwords and we can also modify or delete them, as needed.
With the password manager in Chrome: we will be able to memorize the access passwords for all the websites we know (such as Facebook, Twitter or similar), using Chrome on all the PCs in our possession or appropriately configuring the Google account on Android devices. On iPhone and iPad we can only use Chrome to have passwords at hand.
Currently Google servers are the best place to save personal passwords, since they are very powerful, protected with all modern security systems and very difficult to hack (in fact our passwords could not be kept in a safer place!).
If we use Google Chrome on a PC with Windows 10, it is always better to set the lock screen with password and access via login, as seen in the guide on how Protect access to Windows PC with lock screen and password.
Google therefore becomes very similar to the service offered by LastPass, one of the best services for managing passwords and website accounts.
We don't know which password to choose for a new site, we can rely on the advice of our article on How to Generate Strong and Rememberable Passwords for All Websites.
If instead we don't want to use any online service, we can create our encrypted and secure password database by reading the guide Best free password manager: Keepass.