Google is revamping its built-in password manager for Chrome and Android. Additionally, hoping to position it as a viable alternative to independent services like 1Password and Bitwarden, the firm announced. The option to manually add passwords to the service, rather than depending on Chrome’s offer to remember credentials when you use them, is most noteworthy. There have previously been indications of this capability on Chrome for desktop. But Google now states it will be accessible across “all platforms.”
In addition, the search engine giant claims it is planning to integrate the password manager’s interface between Chrome and Android with “a simplified and unified management experience.” Google claims this experience includes a function that would automatically aggregate numerous passwords used on the same website. To make signing in even quicker, Google says the new “Touch-to-Login” feature for Android lets users enter their credentials via an overlay at the bottom of the screen.
On Android, Google’s Chrome password manager already has a feature that can check for weak passwords and ones that have already been used. And on iOS, it can autofill passwords saved in applications other than Chrome. In order to enable cutting-edge technologies like passwordless passkeys, Google says it will continue to invest in its password manager (which Apple also intends to bring to Safari).
Despite delivering a feature set that is increasingly equivalent to independent third-party password managers, Google is hesitant to spin out its password manager into a standalone app. However, as of this month, 9to5Google says that you can add a shortcut to Google’s password manager immediately to your Android home screen – a significant improvement over having to wade through your Android settings to access it.