This guide details how to view saved passwords in the browsers Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and IE, Opera, Mozilla Firefox and Yandex Browser. And to do this not only by standard means provided by the browser settings, but also using free programs to view saved passwords. If you are interested in how to save the password in the browser (also a frequent question on the topic), just include the offer to save them in the settings (where exactly - it will also be shown in the instructions).
Why might this be required? For example, you decide to change the password on some site, however, in order to do this, you also need to know the old password (and autocomplete may not work), or you switched to another browser (see. Best browsers for Windows ), which does not support the automatic import of saved passwords from others installed on the computer. Another option - you want to delete this data from browsers. It may also be interesting: How to set a password on Google Chrome (and restrict viewing of passwords, bookmarks, history) .
Note: if you need to delete saved passwords from browsers, you can do this in the same settings window where you can view them and which are described later.
In order to view passwords stored in Google Chrome, go to your browser settings (the three dots to the right of the address bar are “Settings”), and then click on the bottom of the “Show advanced settings” page.
In the "Passwords and Forms" section, you will see the option to enable saving passwords, as well as the "Configure" link opposite this item ("Offer to save passwords"). Click on it.
A list of saved logins and passwords is displayed. After selecting any of them, click “Show” to view the saved password.
For security reasons, you will be asked to enter the password of the current Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 user and only after that the password will be displayed (but you can view it without it using third-party programs, which will be described at the end of this material). Also in the 2018 version of Chrome 66, a button appeared to export all saved passwords, if necessary.
You can view saved passwords in Yandex browser almost exactly the same as in Chrome:
- Go to settings (three dashes to the right in the title bar - “Settings” item.
- At the bottom of the page, click Show Advanced Settings.
- Scroll to the "Passwords and Forms" section.
- Click "Manage passwords" opposite the item "Suggest to save passwords for sites" (which allows you to enable password storage).
- In the next window, select any saved passwords and click "Show."
Also, as in the previous case, to view the password, you will need to enter the password of the current user (and in the same way, it is possible to see it without it, which will be demonstrated).
Unlike the first two browsers, in order to find out the passwords stored in Mozilla Firefox, the password of the current Windows user is not required. The necessary actions themselves are as follows:
- Go to Mozilla Firefox settings (the button with three bars to the right of the address bar is “Settings”).
- In the left menu, select "Protection."
- In the "Logins" section, you can enable the saving of passwords, as well as see the saved passwords by clicking the "Saved logins" button.
- In the list of saved data for logging in to the sites that opens, click the "Display Passwords" button and confirm the action.
After that, the list displays the sites used by usernames and their passwords, as well as the date of the last use.
Viewing saved passwords in the Opera browser is organized in the same way as in other Chromium-based browsers (Google Chrome, Yandex Browser). The steps will be almost identical:
- Press the menu button (top left), select “Settings”.
- In the settings, select "Security".
- Go to the "Passwords" section (you can also enable saving them there) and click "Manage saved passwords."
To view the password, you will need to select any saved profile from the list and click “Show” next to the password symbols, and then enter the password of the current Windows account (if this is impossible for some reason, see free programs for viewing saved passwords below).
Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge passwords are stored in the same Windows credential store, and you can access it in several ways at once.
The most universal (in my opinion):
- Go to the control panel (in Windows 10 and 8 this can be done through the Win + X menu, or by right-clicking on the start button).
- Open the “Credential Manager” item (in the “View” field at the top right of the control panel window, “Icons” should be set, not “Categories”).
- In the "Credentials for the Internet" section, you can see all the passwords saved and used in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge by clicking the arrow next to the right of the item, and then click "Show" next to the password symbols.
- You will need to enter the password of the current Windows account in order for the password to be displayed.
Additional ways to get into the management of saved passwords of these browsers:
- Internet Explorer - Settings button - Browser properties - “Content” tab - “Settings” button in the “Content” section - “Password management”.
- Microsoft Edge - settings button - Options - View advanced settings - "Manage saved passwords" in the "Privacy and Services" section. However, here you can only delete or change the saved password, but not view it.
As you can see, viewing saved passwords in all browsers is a fairly simple action. Except in cases where for some reason you cannot enter the current Windows password (for example, you have automatic login installed, and you have long forgotten the password). Here you can use third-party viewing programs that do not require entering this data. See also overview and features: Microsoft Edge Browser in Windows 10 .
Programs for viewing saved passwords in browsers
One of the most famous programs of this kind is NirSoft ChromePass, which shows saved passwords for all popular Chromium-based browsers, which include Google Chrome, Opera, Yandex Browser, Vivaldi and others.
Immediately after starting the program (you need to run as administrator), the list displays all sites, logins and passwords stored in such browsers (as well as additional information, such as the name of the password field, creation date, password strength and data file, where it stored).
Additionally, the program can decrypt passwords from browser data files from other computers.
Note that many antiviruses ( you can check for VirusTotal ) define it as undesirable (precisely because of the ability to view passwords, and not because of some extraneous activity, as I understand it).
The ChromePass program is available for free download on the official website www.nirsoft.net/utils/chromepass.html (you can also download the Russian interface language file there, which you need to unzip to the same folder where the program executable file is located).
Another good set of free programs for the same purposes is available from the developer SterJo Software (and at the moment they are "clean" according to VirusTotal). Moreover, each of the programs allows you to view the saved passwords for individual browsers.
The following password-related software is available for free download:
- SterJo Chrome Passwords - For Google Chrome
- SterJo Firefox Passwords - for Mozilla Firefox
- SterJo Opera Passwords
- SterJo Internet Explorer Passwords
- SterJo Edge Passwords - for Microsoft Edge
- SterJo Password Unmask - for viewing passwords under asterisks (but it works only on Windows forms, not on pages in a browser).
You can download programs on the official page http://www.sterjosoft.com/products.html (I recommend using Portable versions that do not require installation on a computer).
I think the information in the manual will be enough to find out the saved passwords when they are needed in one way or another. Let me remind you: when downloading third-party software for such purposes, do not forget to check it for malware and be careful.