Retrieving a Saved Password from a Web Browser

This article provides information on retrieving a saved password from a web browser.

List Of Contents:
  1. Internet Explorer Password Management

  2. Mozilla Firefox Password Manager

  3. macOS Keychain Password Management

  4. Microsoft Edge Password Management

  5. Chrome (Computer) Managed Saved Passwords

  6. Chrome (Android) Managed Saved Passwords

  7. Chrome (iPhone and iPad) Managed Saved Passwords
Internet Explorer Password Management:

Internet Explorer: Control Panel> User accounts> User accounts> your account> Manage your credentials


Password Manager - Remember, delete, change and import saved passwords in Firefox

The Firefox Password Manager securely stores the usernames and passwords you use to access websites and then automatically fills them in for you the next time you visit a website. This article will show you how to use the Password Manager to remember, view, edit, delete and protect your passwords, and also how to disable the Password Manager.

Make Firefox remember usernames and passwords

When you enter a username and password that you haven't already saved for a website, Firefox will ask if you want to save it.

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Tip: Clicking outside of the Save prompt will hide it. To bring it back, just click the key icon on the left side of the address bar. If Firefox does not prompt you to save passwords, see the article Usernames and passwords are not saved.

In the prompt:

  • To have Firefox remember your username and password, click on Save. The next time you visit the website, Firefox will automatically enter your username and password for you.
    • If you've stored the wrong username or password, just type the right one into the website and Firefox will prompt you to save it. To save the new username and password, click on Update.
  • To tell Firefox to never remember usernames and passwords for the current website, click the drop-down menu and select Never Save. In the future, when you log in to the website you won't be prompted to save the username and password.
    • If you later change your mind and would like Firefox to ask you to save usernames and passwords for this site, you'll need to go into your Firefox Options and remove the site's entry from the Privacy & Security panel exceptions list.
  • To skip saving your username and password this time, click Don't Save. You'll be prompted to save your username and password the next time you visit the site.
Note: Some websites offer to keep you logged in by clicking a check box on the site. This is a feature of the website and will work whether or not you have saved your username and password in Firefox.

Managing multiple accounts for a site

If you have more than one account for a site, Firefox can save all your logins. You can make Firefox fill in login information for a different account each time you visit.

If more than one login is stored for a website, the list of usernames will appear when you click into the login field. Just select the username you want to log in with.

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Managing usernames and passwords

To view passwords for a specific site, click the username field for that site, then click View Saved Logins.

You can easily manage the usernames and passwords that Firefox has saved for you.

  1. Click on the menu button fx57menu to open the menu panel.
  2. Click Logins and Passwords. A window will open with a list of your saved logins.
  3. Search or scroll to find the login you want to change.
    • Usernames: Double-click the username to change it.
    • Passwords: Click Show Passwords. Double-click the password to change it.
    • Remove: Highlight the logins you want to remove and click the Remove button.
    • Remove All: Click this button to remove all of your saved logins.

Protecting your passwords

If you use the same simple password for everything you will be more susceptible to identity theft. The Create secure passwords to keep your identity safe article shows you an easy method for creating secure passwords and using the Password Manager, as described above, will help you remember them all.

Even though the Password Manager stores your usernames and passwords on your hard drive in an encrypted format, someone with access to your computer user profile can still see or use them. The Use a Master Password to protect stored logins and passwords article shows you how to prevent this and keep you protected in the event your computer is lost or stolen.

Disabling the Password Manager

Firefox offers to remember passwords by default. To change your settings:

  1. Click the menu button Fx57Menu and choose Options.
  2. Select the Privacy & Security panel and go to the Logins and Passwords section.
    • To prevent Firefox from saving logins and passwords for a certain website, click the Exceptions… button to the right of Ask to save logins and passwords for websites and add the website URL.
    • To prevent Firefox from saving logins and passwords for all websites, remove the check mark next to Ask to save logins and passwords for websites.
  3. Close the about:preferences page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.


Manage passwords using keychains on Mac

macOS uses keychains to help you keep track of and protect the passwords, account numbers, and other confidential information you use every day on your Mac computers and iOS devices.

You can use the Keychain Access app on your Mac to view and manage your keychains. When you use iCloud Keychain, you can keep your passwords and other secure information updated across your devices.

What is a keychain?

A keychain is an encrypted container that securely stores your account names and passwords for your Mac, apps, servers, and websites, and confidential information, such as credit card numbers or bank account PIN numbers.

When you access a website, email account, network server, or other password-protected item, you can choose to save the password in your keychain so you don’t have to remember or enter the password each time.

A dialog asking if you want to save the password for a website.

Each user on a Mac has a login keychain. The password for your login keychain matches the password you use to log in to your Mac. If an administrator on your Mac resets your login password, you’ll need to reset your login keychain password.

Keychain Access

You use the Keychain Access app on your Mac to view and manage your login and other keychains, and also the items securely stored in the keychains—for example, keys, certificates, passwords, account information, and notes. If you forget a password, you can find it in Keychain Access. Learn more about Keychain Access.

The main areas of the Keychain Access window: the list of categories, the list of keychain items, and a keychain item description.

iCloud Keychain

If you use iCloud, you can have iCloud Keychain securely store the website login information and credit card information you use with AutoFill in Safari, and your Wi-Fi network information. iCloud Keychain automatically keeps that information up to date across all your Mac computers and iOS devices. iCloud Keychain also stores login information for the accounts you use in Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and Messages so it’s available on all your devices. Learn more about iCloud Keychain.

A dialog showing that Safari created a strong password for a website and that it will be saved in the user’s iCloud Keychain and available for AutoFill on the user’s devices.

Tip: When you use passwords and credit cards online, you can let Safari store them in your keychain and automatically fill them in for you. If you also use iCloud Keychain on your Mac and iOS devices, Safari can fill in the stored information on any of your devices. See AutoFill credit cards, contacts, and passwords.


Microsoft Edge Password Management:

Applies to: Microsoft Edge,Windows 10

When you visit a website that requires you to sign in, Microsoft Edge will ask if you want your user name and password remembered. The next time you visit the site, Microsoft Edge will finish filling in your account info. Password saving is on by default, but here's how to turn it on or off:

In Microsoft Edge , select Settings and more  > Settings > Passwords & autofill.

Turn Save passwords to Off.

Note: This does not delete previously saved passwords. To do that, go to Settings > Privacy & security, select Choose what to clear under Clear browsing data, check Passwords, and then select Clear.



Google Chrome Password Management (Computer):

You can have Chrome remember your passwords for different sites. To use your passwords on different devices, turn sync on in Chrome.

If you enter a new password on a site, Chrome will ask to save it. To accept, click Save.

  • To see the password that will be saved, click Preview Preview.
  • If there are multiple passwords on the page, click the Down arrow Down Arrow. Choose the password you want saved.
  • If your username is blank or incorrect, click the text box next to "Username." Enter the username you want saved.
  • If you want to save a different password, click the text box next to "Password." Enter the password you want saved.

Sign in with a saved password

If you saved your password on a previous visit to a website, Chrome can help you sign in.

  1. On your computer, go to a site you've visited before.
  2. Go to the site’s sign-in form.
    • If you’ve saved a single username and password for the site: Chrome will fill in the sign-in form automatically.
    • If you’ve saved more than one username and password: Select the username field and choose the sign-in info you want to use.

See, delete, or export saved passwords

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click Profile Profile and then Passwords.
  3. See, delete, or export a password:
    • See: To the right of the website, click Show password Preview. If you lock your computer with a password, you'll be prompted to enter your computer password.
    • Remove: To the right of the website, click More More and then Remove.
    • Export: To the right of "Saved Passwords," click More More and then Export passwords.

To clear all your saved passwords, clear browsing data and select "Passwords."

Start or stop saving passwords

By default, Chrome offers to save your password. You can turn this option off or on at any time.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click Profile Profile and then Passwords.
  3. Turn Offer to save passwords on or off.

Fix problems with passwords

If Chrome isn't saving or offering to save passwords, learn how to fix issues with saved info.

How Chrome saves and syncs passwords

How Chrome saves your passwords depends on whether you want to store and use them across devices. When synced, passwords can be used on Chrome on all your devices, and across some apps on your Android devices.

When sync is turned on for passwords in Chrome, your passwords are saved to your Google Account.

Otherwise, your passwords are only stored on Chrome on your computer.

Google Chrome Password Management (Android):

You can have Chrome remember your passwords for different sites. To use your passwords on different devices, turn sync on in Chrome.

If you enter a new password on a site, Chrome will ask to save it. To accept, tap Save.

Sign in with a saved password

If you saved your password on a previous visit to a website, Chrome can help you sign in. 

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. Go to a site you've visited before.
  3. Go to the site’s sign-in form.
    • If you’ve saved a single username and password for the site: Chrome will fill in the sign-in form automatically.
    • If you’ve saved more than one username and password: Select the username field and choose the sign-in info you want to use.
    • If Chrome doesn't offer your saved password: Tap password Key to see possible passwords.

See, delete, or export passwords

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. To the right of the address bar, tap More More.
  3. Tap Settings and then Passwords.
  4. See, delete, or export a password:
    • See: Tap View and manage saved passwords at passwords.google.com.
    • Delete: Tap the password you want to remove. At the top, tap Delete Trash.
    • Export: Tap MoreMore and then Export Passwords.

To clear all your saved passwords, clear browsing data and select "Passwords."

Start or stop saving passwords

By default, Chrome offers to save your password. You can turn this option off or on at any time.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. To the right of the address bar, tap More More.
  3. Tap Settings and then Passwords.
  4. At the top, turn off Save passwords.

Fix problems with passwords

If Chrome isn't saving or offering to save passwords, learn how to fix issues with saved info.

How Chrome saves and syncs passwords

How Chrome saves your passwords depends on whether you want to store and use them across devices. When synced, you can use passwords on Chrome on all your devices, and across some apps on your Android devices.

Otherwise, your passwords are only stored on Chrome on your computer.

You can manage passwords saved to your Google Account at passwords.google.com.

Google Chrome Password Management (iPhone and iPad):

You can have Chrome remember your passwords for different sites. To use your passwords on different devices, turn sync on in Chrome.

If you enter a new password on a site, Chrome will ask to save it. To accept, tap Save.

Sign in with a saved password

If you saved your password on a previous visit to a website, Chrome can help you sign in. 

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. Go to a site you've visited before.
  3. Go to the site’s sign-in form.
    • If you’ve saved a single username and password for the site: Chrome will fill in the sign-in form automatically.
    • If you’ve saved more than one username and password: Select the username field and choose the sign-in info you want to use.

If Chrome doesn’t suggest a password, above the keyboard tap key Key and then Use other password.

See, delete, or export passwords

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. At the bottom right, tap More More.
  3. Tap Settings Settings and then Passwords. 
  4. See, delete, or export a password:
    • See: Tap the saved password. Under "Password," tap Show.
    • Delete: At the top right, tap Edit. Under "Saved Passwords," tap the site you want to remove and then Delete.
    • Export: Scroll down to the bottom, and then tap Export Passwords.

To clear all your saved passwords, clear browsing data and select "Saved passwords."

Start or stop saving passwords

By default, Chrome offers to save your password. You can turn this option off or on at any time.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. At the bottom right, tap More More.
  3. Tap Settings Settings and then Passwords. 
  4. Turn Save Passwords on or off.

Fix problems with passwords

If Chrome isn't saving or offering to save passwords, learn how to fix issues with info saved to Chrome.

How Chrome saves and syncs passwords

How Chrome saves your passwords depends on whether you want to store and use them across devices.

Your passwords are saved to your Google Account if you're signed in to Chrome and are syncing passwords.

Otherwise, your passwords are only stored on Chrome on your iPhone or iPad.




Keywords:Web, Browser, Password, Saved stored settings   Doc ID:94366
Owner:Help Desk K.Group:UW-Milwaukee Help Desk
Created:2019-09-09 12:02 CSTUpdated:2019-09-16 07:06 CST
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