Managing passwords across browsers between computers usually requires a password management tool, such as LastPass.
And if you’re using the Microsoft Authenticator app, you can also extend its capabilities to manage passwords across Edge and Chrome browsers.
Microsoft’s Microsoft Authenticator app competes favorably with other two-factor authentication apps.
But the same cannot be said when compared to professional password manager apps.
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But despite the limited features and browser support, the free Microsoft Authenticator app has its uses that you will find most useful.
For example: the app can sync your website passwords in Edge and Chrome browsers on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
In addition, the application allows you to have several features, such as: autofill passwords, two-factor authentication, and import passwords from other services.
Below we will learn how to turn Microsoft Authenticator into a password manager
First: How to set up the Microsoft Authenticator app:
Before getting started, there are two important things you must do:
- First: You need a Microsoft account, and if you don’t already have one, head over to Microsoft site Create an account with either an existing email address or a new one.
- Second: You have to install the app in your phone, it’s available for free on the App Store Google Play For Android users, in App Store For iPhone users.
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After installing the app in your phone, you will need to set it as a password manager in your phone. To do that, follow these steps:
For iPhone and iPad users:
- Open the Settings app.
- Click on the option (Passwords).
- Click on the AutoFill Passwords option.
- On the next screen, uncheck the Keychain option, then select the Authenticator option.
For Android phone users:
- Open the Settings app.
- Click on the System option, then click on the Languages & input option.
- Select the Autofill service option.
- In the menu that appears, select the Authenticator option.
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Second: How to import passwords into an app Microsoft Authenticator:
Open the Microsoft Authenticator app on your phone, then sign in with your Microsoft account.
After adding and syncing your Microsoft account, tap the passwords icon that appears at the bottom of the screen.
And if you have already stored passwords through another application, the first task you have to do is import those passwords into the application.
The app can import passwords from a variety of other apps and services, including Google Chrome and Firefox.
and other password management applications, such as: LastPass, Bitwarden, and Enpass.
Also Read: How to Transfer Your Data from LastPass to an Alternative App Easily
And if you are using Google Chrome browser, you can import passwords directly. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open Google Chrome browser on your smartphone.
- Click on the three dots on the top right to open the main menu.
- In the menu that appears to you, click on the (Settings) option, then choose (Passwords).
- Select the Export Passwords option, then click on the Export Passwords option in the pop-up window.
- Return to the Microsoft Authenticator app to see the imported passwords.
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For all other apps, you must create a CSV file that can then be imported into the Microsoft Authenticator app.
The steps for creating a CSV file vary from application to application, but in general, look for the settings or options menu in the application in question.
Then I look for the passwords category option, which should include the option to export passwords.
Follow the steps to create a CSV file, then transfer it to your phone or a cloud storage service that you can access from your phone.
After exporting the passwords from the respective app, follow these steps to import them into the Microsoft Authenticator app:
- Open the Microsoft Authenticator app on your phone.
- From the main menu in the application, press the “Settings” option.
- Select the Import Passwords option.
- Click on the Import from CSV button.
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Third: How to sync passwords using the Autofill feature in Edge browser:
The next task is to start saving logins for any new accounts or accounts not already imported into the app.
To do this, you can use the auto-fill feature built into the Edge browser, and to do this, follow these steps:
- Open the Edge browser on your mobile phone.
- Sign in to a website with login credentials that haven’t yet synced with the Microsoft Authenticator app.
- Type your username and password, then click the key icon at the top of the keyboard to open the Microsoft Authenticator app.
- Click on the Add password option.
- Enter the username and password for the site you want to use, then click on the Save option.
Now the next time you need to log into this website, type in your username and then click on the password field.
Press the key icon at the top of the keyboard to open the authenticator with an entry for that location, and the app will fill in the password automatically.
Also Read: How to Import Passwords from LastPass to iCloud Keychain on Mac
To use autofill in Google Chrome browser, install the Microsoft Autofill add-on for your browser Available for free in Chrome Market.
After installing and activating the extension, click on the Autofill icon in the Google Chrome browser toolbar.
Then click on the Sign in with Microsoft button and sign in with your Microsoft account.