[HOW TO] Backup Chrome Usernames and Passwords

Some times there is the need to perform a fresh Chrome installation (completely uninstall and reinstall Chrome) in order to resolve problems with our favorite browser. At these cases you have to backup your Chrome bookmarks and all the saved usernames and passwords in Google Chrome, in order to restore them after the new installation.

Backup Chrome Usernames Passwords

Where Chrome Login Data (Usernames & Passwords) are stored?

Chrome Usernames: The saved usernames in Chrome, are stored in a single file which named “Login Data” and can be found at the following location on the disk:

If you use Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista:

  • C:\Users\%Username%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
    • e.g. If your username is “User” then the “Login Data” file is stored at ‘C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default’  folder

If you use Windows XP:

  • C:\Documents and Settings\%Username%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
    • e.g. ‘If your username is “User” then the “Login Data” file is stored in ‘C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default’ folder.

Chrome Passwords: Unfortunately Chrome does not store the saved passwords in a single file. (e.g. the “Login Data” file, as many sites mistakenly claimed).

This tutorial contains instructions on how to backup and restore Chrome Stored Credentials (Usernames and Passwords).

How to backup and restore Chrome Login Data (Usernames and Passwords)

– The most reliable ways to backup the saved login credentials in Google Chrome are the following:

Method 1.  Backup Chrome Login Data to your Google Account.

The first method is to to synchronize all your Chrome data to your Google Account, by using the “Sync Settings” from Chrome options. To do that:

  1. From Chrome Options menu More at the top right, select Settings.
  2. Sign in to Chrome, by using your Google Account.
  3. Under “Sign in,” click Advanced sync settings.
  4. Choose the information that you want to sync to your Google Account and click OK

 

Method 2. Backup Chrome Login Data Manually.

The second method is to manually backup the Chrome saved Login Data (Usernames & Passwords) by using the instructions below:

Step 1. Retrieve Chrome Saved Usernames & Passwords.

At first, retrieve the saved usernames and passwords in Chrome by using the WebBrowserPassView utility or manually by going to:

  1. Chrome Options menu More >  Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click the Show advanced settings link.
  3. Click at Manage Passwords link.
  4. Select a website, that you want to view the stored password and click Show.
  5. When done, exit Chrome.

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Step 2. Backup Chrome Login Data file.

– Navigate to the following locations (according your OS) and copy the “Login Data” file, which contains the stored “Usernames” from Chrome, to your backup location:

If you use Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista:

  • Simultaneously press “Windows” + “R” keys to open the RUN window.
  • In “RUN” window copy and paste the following command:
    • %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\default
  • Press Enter
  • Find the ‘Login Data‘ file and copy it to the backup location.

If you use Windows XP:

  • Simultaneously press “Windows” + “R” keys to open the RUN window.
  • In “RUN” window copy and paste the following command:
    • %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\default
  • Press Enter
  • Find the ‘Login Data‘ file and copy it to backup location.

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How to Restore Chrome Usernames & Passwords.

– In order to restore manually your Chrome usernames and passwords:

1. Exit Google Chrome.
2. Copy and Paste the “Login Data” file (that you copied at Step-2) from the backup location, to the Chrome Default folder.

  • If you use Windows 8, 7 or Vista:
    • Simultaneously press “Windows” + “R” keys to open the RUN window.
    • In “RUN” window copy and paste the following:
      • %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\default
    • Press Enter

 

  • If you use Windows XP:
    • Simultaneously press “Windows” + “R” keys to open the RUN window.
    • In “RUN” window copy and paste the following:
      • %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\default
    • Press Enter

3. Launch Chrome.
4. Visit one by one the websites that you login to and type your password.

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