If you’ve been keeping up with the latest Microsoft news, you’ll know that the company has been hard at work making its browser, Microsoft Edge, a major competitor in the browser market. If you want to give it a spin but don’t want to leave all your passwords behind, you can easily import them. Should you not like the new Edge, just export them back!
Here’s how to import and export passwords using Microsoft Edge.
How to Import Passwords into Microsoft Edge
Importing passwords into Microsoft Edge is extremely easy once you learn how. You don’t even need to export passwords from your old browser; Microsoft Edge will detect the browsers installed on your system and let you import from the one of your choice.
If you want to import a password manager’s vault into Edge, see if you can install the manager via the Edge add-ons store. If you can, you should be able to log in to your account and carry your passwords over.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing, you can’t export your passwords from your password manager and directly import them into Edge. When you export passwords, a manager will typically create a CSV file that you can import somewhere else. However, Edge only imports from browsers and not from CSV files.
As such, while it’s quite convoluted, you can export your passwords into a CSV file, import that into a browser such as Chrome or Firefox, then do a browser import via Edge.
Importing Passwords from a Browser
To get started, boot up Microsoft Edge and click the three dots at the top right. Then, click “Settings.”
You may be tempted to click the “Passwords” setting on this page, but you shouldn’t for now! Instead, go a little below Passwords and click on “Import browser data.”
In the top menu, select the browser from which you wish to import. Then, if you have multiple profiles on that browser, you can then select which profile will be used to grab your passwords. Once you’ve set up both, ensure the tickbox labeled “Saved Passwords” is checked.
When you check it, you’ll see a little warning notice appear to the right. This is warning you that any passwords you have saved already will be overwritten by the imported data. As such, if you changed an account password in Edge, it will get overwritten by the old details during the import.
Once you’re ready, scroll down and click on “Import.” It may take a restart for all your passwords to show up.
How to Export Passwords from Microsoft Edge
If the new Edge browser isn’t to your liking and you want to migrate back, you can export your passwords from Edge. That way, you can then import them to your next browser so you don’t lose any data.
To do this, go back to the settings page. While we avoided the Password page before, we can now go into it to export our passwords.
Next to the words “Saved passwords,” click the three dots. Note that if you use dark mode on Edge, the grey background may make it hard to see the dots. Hover your mouse underneath the toggles until you find it.
Then, click “Export passwords.”
You’ll have to enter your Windows PIN code before you can export your passports. Once done, you can save a CSV file containing all your passwords and import it to your browser of choice. Just be sure to delete the file once the import is done, else other people can read your passwords!
Microsoft has made it easy to import and export your passwords in Microsoft Edge. You can also use it to take webpage screenshots. Don’t forget to check out the best Microsoft Edge flags to increase its functionality.
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