How to view saved passwords in the browser

This tutorial details the ways to view saved passwords in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and IE, Opera, Mozilla Firefox and Yandex Browser browsers. And you can do this not only by using the standard means provided by the browser settings, but also by using free programs to view saved passwords. If you wonder how to save a password in the browser (also a frequently asked question on the subject), just activate the offer to save them in the settings (where exactly - it will also be shown in the instructions).

What can it be necessary for? For example, you have decided to change the password on some website, but to do so you will also need to know the old password (and autocomplete may not work), or you have switched to another browser (see Best browsers for Windows) that does not support import automatic saved passwords of others installed on your computer. Another option is that you want to remove this data from your browsers. You may also be interested in: How to set a password in Google Chrome (and restrict the display of passwords, bookmarks, history).

Note: if you need to remove saved passwords from browsers, you can do so in the same settings window where you can see them and which is described below.

Google Chrome

To see the passwords saved in Google Chrome, go to the browser settings (three dots to the right of the address bar: "Settings") and then click "Show advanced settings" at the bottom of the page. page.

Under "Passwords and forms", you will see an option to enable saving passwords, as well as a "Customize" link next to that option ("Suggest saving passwords"). Click on it.

A list of saved usernames and passwords will be displayed. After selecting any of them, press Show to see the saved password.

For security reasons, you will be asked to enter your current Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 user password and only then will the password be displayed (but you can see it without it, using third party software, which will be described at the end of this Article). Also in the 2018 version of Chrome 66, there is a button to export all saved passwords, if necessary.

Yandex browser.

The display of saved passwords in Yandex Browser is practically the same as in Chrome:

  1. Go to settings (three dashes on the right in the title bar - Settings.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click "Show advanced settings".
  3. Scroll down to the "Passwords and Forms" section.
  4. Click on "Password management" next to "Offer to save site passwords" (which allows you to enable saving of passwords).
  5. In the next window, select the saved passwords and click "Show".

Also, as in the previous case, you will be asked to enter the current user's password to see the password (and just like that, there is an option to see it without it, which will be demonstrated).

Mozilla Firefox

Unlike the first two browsers, the current password of the Windows user will not be required to find out the passwords stored in Mozilla Firefox. The necessary actions are the following:

  1. Go to Mozilla Firefox settings (the button with three bars to the right of the address bar: "Settings").
  2. In the menu on the left, select "Security".
  3. In the "Logins" section, you can enable password storage and view the saved passwords by clicking "Saved Logins".
  4. In the list of access credentials saved for sites that opens, click "Show passwords" and confirm the action.

The sites, the user names used and their passwords, as well as the date of last use will then be displayed in the list.

Opera

The display of saved passwords in the Opera browser is organized the same as in other Chromium-based browsers (Google Chrome, Yandex Browser). The steps will be almost identical:

  1. Click on the menu button (top left), select "Settings".
  2. In the settings, select "Security".
  3. Go to "Passwords" (you can also enable saving there) and click "Manage saved passwords."

To view your password, you will have to select any saved profile from the list and click "Show" next to the password symbols, and then enter the current password for your Windows account (if this is not possible for some reason, see the free programs for saved passwords below).

Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge

Passwords for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge are stored in the same Windows credential store, and can be accessed in multiple ways at the same time.

The most versatile (in my opinion):

  1. Go to the Control Panel (in Windows 10 and 8 you can do it through the Win + X menu, or by right-clicking on the launcher).
  2. Open the "Account Manager" (the "View" field at the top right of the Control Panel window should be set to "Icons", not "Categories").
  3. Under "Internet Credentials", you can see all the passwords saved and used in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge by clicking the arrow to the right of the item and then clicking "Show" next to the password symbols .
  4. You will need to enter the password for your current Windows account for the password to display.

Other ways to get to the management of saved passwords of these browsers:

  • Internet Explorer - Configuration button - Browser properties - Content tab - Options button in Content - Password management.
  • Microsoft Edge - Settings button - Preferences - See advanced settings - "Manage saved passwords" in "Privacy and services". However, you can only delete or change a saved password here, but not view it.

As you can see, viewing saved passwords in all browsers is a fairly straightforward action. Unless you cannot enter your current Windows password for some reason (for example, you have automatic login set up and have forgotten your password for a long time). In this case, you can use a third-party viewer that does not require entering this data. See also description and features: Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10.

Programs to view saved passwords in browsers

One of the most famous such programs is NirSoft ChromePass, which displays saved passwords for all popular Chromium-based browsers, including Google Chrome, Opera, Yandex Browser, Vivaldi, and others.

Immediately after launching the program (it is necessary to run it as administrator), the list will show all the sites, logins and passwords saved in those browsers (as well as additional information such as the name of the password field, the creation date, the password strength and the data file where it is stored).

In addition, the program can crack the passwords of the browser data files of other computers.

Keep in mind that many antivirus (you can check in VirusTotal) define it as unwanted (precisely because of its ability to see passwords, not because of any strange activity, as I understand it).

ChromePass is available for free download on the official site nirsoft.net/utils/chromepass.html (There you can also download the interface language file in Russian, which must be unzipped in the same folder where the executable file of the program is located).

Another good set of free programs for the same purpose is available from the developer SterJo Software (and they are currently "clean" according to VirusTotal). By doing so, 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 - to view passwords under asterisks (but only works on Windows forms, not browser pages).

You can download the programs from the official website http://www.sterjosoft.com/products.html (I recommend using the portable versions that do not require installation on the computer).

I think the information in the manual will be enough to know your saved passwords when you need them in one way or another. Just a reminder: when downloading third-party software for these purposes, be sure to check for malicious and be careful.