How to Fix It When Chrome Is Not Saving Passwords on Mac

As more web services are emerging by the day, each one offers a valuable tool that requires you to create an account to use it. 

With so many accounts to keep track of, one of the easiest things to do is to save your password on Chrome Mac and be done with it. But unfortunately, Mac users report an issue on Chrome where the browser is not saving passwords

So, unless you’re using a password manager tool, you’ll have difficulty keeping track of your log-in credentials.

Hi, I’m Andreas, and as you can imagine, I’m one of those people that creates accounts with websites to reap the benefits of their excellent tools. I cannot count how many accounts I have all over the internet. 

So I conveniently save the passwords for a quick log-in

However, I’ve also encountered the bug where Chrome isn’t saving my log-in credentials. Although frustrating, there are ways to fix the issue. I will explain the causes and solutions in this guide. 

Don’t go anywhere, and let’s start.

Reasons Why Chrome Isn’t Saving Passwords

From all the research I’ve done, I can safely say that most causes are Chrome-related. The downside is that Mac users are as impacted as Windows or Linux users. So anyone that uses Chrome might encounter the problem at some point. 

But why is Chrome not saving your passwords? Let’s take a look.

Reason 1: Outdated Chrome Browser

The first reason is a logical one. If Chrome isn’t up to date, it will encounter issues. Updates are meant to fix security issues, address bugs, and implement new features. 

If Chrome isn’t up to date, it might fail to save your passwords as the browser isn’t working as intended.  

Reason 2: Corrupted Chrome Profile

Chrome provides personalized service through your Chrome profile. Unfortunately, sometimes the Chrome profile corrupts, causing all sorts of problems. One of these problems directly relates to the issue we’re discussing. 

Some signs of a corrupt Chrome profile are failure to open the profile, the browser opening blank pages and instantly closing them, unavailable account settings or blank settings, and failure to save passwords, among others. 

Reason 3: Disabled “Save Passwords” Feature

If Chrome isn’t saving your passwords, it might be down to Chrome disabling the “save passwords” feature. In some cases, you might have disabled it yourself by mistake. 

Fortunately, this is one of the easiest fixes to implement.

Reason 4: Faulty Extensions

Although extensions are one of the best features of the Chrome browser, a faulty extension can cause all sorts of problems. Unfortunately, one of these problems will directly impact the browser’s ability to save your passwords. 

You might have downloaded a password saver feature that directly conflicts with Chrome’s native password saver feature. Consider removing the extension or any other faulty extensions that might be messing with Chrome. 

Now that we’ve given you the rundown of the possible reasons, let’s look at how to fix the problem.

Solutions to Fix Chrome Not Saving Passwords on Chrome Mac

Let’s go over the possible fixes to solve the problem.

Solution 1: Update Chrome

If an outdated Chrome is a reason why the browser isn’t saving your passwords, the first thing to do is to update it manually. Here is how to do that.

Step 1: Launch Chrome and click on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner.

Step 2: Go to “Help” and “About Chrome.”

Step 3: You can see the Chrome version in the “About Chrome” section. If Chrome needs to update, it will tell you through a red or yellow marking. If Chrome is up to date, it will display a blue checkmark. 

Solution 2: Configure Chrome Settings

Maybe Chrome isn’t saving your passwords because you aren’t telling the browser to do it. Luckily, there is a simple fix to this problem. Here is how to do it.

Step 1: Launch Chrome and click on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner.

Step 2: Go to “Autofill” and choose “Passwords”.

Step 3: Click on “Passwords.” You will see two options: “Offer to save passwords” and “Auto Sign-in.” Make sure both sliders are enabled. 

Step 4: If not, enable the feature by clicking on the slider. Restart Chrome. 

With this, Chrome will start saving your passwords and auto-fill-in your log-in credentials.  

Solution 3: Log Out and Log Back Into Your Google Account

Not every solution requires you to configure settings or update the browser. Sometimes, the issue is relatively small and can be fixed by simply logging out and back into your Google Account.

Here is how to do that.

Step 1: Launch Chrome, click on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner and click on “Settings“. 

Step 2: Go to “You and Google” and click “Turn Off” next to your profile picture.

Step 3: A pop-up message will appear, asking you to confirm the action. This will stop syncing your account across your devices and log you off from the current device.

Step 4: Re-log and turn on the sync feature. Finally, Restart Chrome

This might solve the problem as the issue might be down to a faulty synchronization feature. 

Solution 4: Use a Password Manager Tool

We are asked to create so many accounts with websites that it makes it a nightmare to keep up. Add to the fact that Google is acting weird and not saving your passwords, and you’re left in a world of trouble. 

A possible solution is to use a password manager tool. Password manager tools are solely responsible for saving passwords and providing maximum security. 

One of my favorite password manager tools is LastPass. Other options include Bitwarden, Zoho Vault, Keeper, and 1Password. 

Conclusion

That concludes this guide on the four possible reasons and solutions to fix the issue of Chrome not saving your passwords. I hope this article explains the issue and provides a seamless guide on how to solve the issue potentially.

I look forward to hearing about your potential solutions and how you’ve managed to fix the problem. Leave a comment below and let me know.

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