Google Chrome for Android opens up to third-party password managers

This feature is already available on Chrome Stable, Beta, and Canary builds
A representational image of Google Chrome. —Pexels
A representational image of Google Chrome. —Pexels

In a move to offer more user choice, Google Chrome for Android is reportedly integrating with third-party password managers.

Currently, users are limited to the built-in Google Password Manager for autofill functionality. This integration will allow Android users who prefer alternative password management solutions to seamlessly use their saved login credentials within the Chrome browser.

Interestingly, this development follows the recent upgrade to Chrome's desktop Safe Browsing feature, which now offers real-time protection.

Taking to X (formerly Twitter), tipster @Leopeva64 said: “This feature now works and if you choose the ‘Use other providers’ option, Chrome no longer shows you suggestions from its password manager.”

It should be noted that this feature — which is already available on Chrome Stable, Beta, and Canary builds — was spotted by the tipster last year in November when it was under development.

This feature can be enabled at chrome://flags/#enable-autofill-virtual-view-structure.

  • Once activated, the setting will appear.
  • After that, go to Chrome Settings > Autofill options and select Use other providers.

Once the setting is changed, Google will no longer show its password suggestions in login text fields.

This setting should automatically prompt Chrome to trigger the default password manager the user has set for their Android smartphone. To change the default password manager, users can head to Android settings and click on Passwords & accounts > Passwords, passkeys, and data services and select the password manager of their choice.