Google Chrome’s built-in password manager is about to get better as Google prepares to add the ability to store notes next to your passwords.
Besides storing your existing passwords, Chrome’s password manager also includes a password generator to help you create strong, unique, and complex passwords for each of your online accounts.
Although you can use a standalone password manager like LastPass or 1Password to store your passwords securely, Google Chrome and most other browsers now offer similar functionality. However, these paid solutions often come with additional features such as secure cloud storage and password sharing, in addition to allowing you to store notes about each of your passwords.
However, it now looks like Chrome’s built-in password manager will get a major upgrade with Google’s next major browser release.
Add notes to your passwords in Chrome
As reported by 9to5Google and first spotted by Leo Varela, the latest version of Chrome Canary adds a new feature to Chrome’s built-in password manager that will let you store notes with your passwords.
Once this feature is generally available, you’ll see a new “Notes” field below the username and password fields in Chrome’s password manager. However, this option will only appear when adding a new password or changing an existing password. Varela also pointed out in his Reddit post that Google is working on adding the ability to securely send passwords to others as well.
Being able to add notes to each of your saved passwords can be very useful for those who have many different online accounts. For example, you can add a note to give context to the account, to differentiate a work account from a personal account, or even if you want to save the answers to security questions associated with a particular account.
Users running Chrome Canary can test this feature now, and Google even added the #passwords-notes flag to make it easier to enable. As this feature is currently tied to the Chrome 101 release, it should arrive in the Stable channel around April or May, but the timing of its arrival could change.
Going through 9to5Google