Switching from Safari to Chrome but don’t want to lose your saved passwords? This guide will walk you through the simple process of securely exporting passwords from Safari and importing them into Chrome on your Mac.
Why Transfer Passwords from Safari to Chrome?
There are several good reasons to consolidate your web browsing into Chrome, including synchronization across devices when you use a Google account and handy features like tab management.
Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice your saved passwords and login credentials when you make the switch on your Mac. It only takes a few minutes to transfer that important info over so you can pick up right where you left off.
Get Started: Export Passwords from Safari
Your first task is to access the passwords stored in Safari and export them to a file.
1. Launch the Safari app on your Mac. Click on the “Safari” menu and select “Preferences.”
2. In Preferences, go to the “Passwords” section. Click the “Export Passwords” button at the bottom.
3. A window will pop up so you can save the exported passwords file. Choose the location on your Mac where you want the CSV file to go and click “Save.”
Now your Safari passwords have been exported to a CSV (comma separated values) file that’s ready for importing into Chrome.
Next: Transfer Passwords into Chrome
Opening Chrome, it’s time to transfer those Safari passwords in. This will enable Chrome to recognize those saved logins.
Follow these simple steps:
1. Launch Google Chrome on your Mac. Click the option menu (3 dots icon) in the top corner.
2. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu. In Settings, choose “Passwords.”
3. In Passwords settings, select “Import passwords” and find the CSV file exported from Safari. Click it to start the transfer.
4. Allow Chrome a minute or so to pull in all your Safari password data. Click “Done” when confirmed.
Now Chrome has imported your passwords and you’re good to go with full login credentials.
The export and import process is usually quick and seamless. But occasionally there are hiccups:
– If you get an error message during import, try updating Safari and Chrome to the latest versions. Old software can cause glitches.
– Double check that the exported CSV file is valid and not corrupted before trying to import. Re-export from Safari if needed.
– Some passwords don’t transfer properly. Just manually enter any missing logins into Chrome if needed.
Tips for Managing Imported Passwords
Now that you’ve succeeded in bringing Safari passwords into Chrome:
– Use Chrome’s password generator to replace old/weak passwords with strong, randomized ones.
– Enable Chrome’s password manager so future logins get saved automatically. Set up syncing so passwords transfer across devices.
– Use password manager apps like 1Password or LastPass for advanced security features, if desired.
– Turn on two-factor authentication with text/app verification wherever possible, preventing unauthorized access even if your password gets stolen.
By taking full advantage of Chrome’s versatile password tools, you can browse the web with convenience and confidence.
Switching browsers doesn’t need to be difficult or cause you to lose valuable data like passwords. Follow this guide for a smooth transition exporting Safari info and importing it into Chrome on your Mac.
Consolidate your browsing experience and savor the ease of built-in synchronization.