How to See a Password in Your Browser Instead of Dots

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Browsers always hide the passwords behind asterisks to ensure others can’t snoop on them. That might be cumbersome when there are too many passwords to remember. Often you need the convenience to view them in plain text, especially difficult passwords. This also prevents invalid logins due to spelling typos and other distractions, ensuring you don’t get locked out of your own account. The following methods will allow you to see your typed password in your browser instead of asterisks.

Warning: while the methods to reveal passwords are safe to use, it’s better to keep your passwords hidden as much as possible.

1. Use Show Password Option

During login, several websites allow you to remove asterisks using a “show/hide” checkbox in the password field. This option is best if you don’t want your sensitive passwords to be remembered. It’s also the easiest method that works seamlessly across all browsers.

Passwords Browsers Dots Show Password Form

Once you’ve had a sneak peek, it’s easy to hide the password.

Passwords Browsers Dots Hide Password Form

The show/hide option for passwords is available for all mainstream websites such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, Netflix, Yahoo, Dropbox, Instagram, Reddit, Quora, and many more. Many banking and credit card sites also carry this feature to prevent invalid password attempts.

Passwords Browsers Dots Show Password Reddit

2. Reveal Saved Passwords in the Browser

All major browsers offer the convenience to save passwords while you’re logging in to any website, which can be recovered from “Settings.” Is that a privacy concern? Yes, because the passwords are retained in plain text and can be exposed by simply clicking the “show password” option discussed earlier.

Whether you want to save or not save the password, you always get a one-time reminder. This gives you the flexibility to not save the super-sensitive passwords. Also, you can review periodically and delete one or more of the saved passwords.

Check the methods to reveal saved passwords behind the asterisks in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox as shown below.

Google Chrome

On the Chrome browser, go to “Settings –> Auto-fill –> Passwords.”

Passwords Browsers Dots Chrome Autofill

Enable the option “Offer to save passwords” to get the reminders when you’re logging in.

Passwords Browsers Dots Chrome Offer To Save

If you enter a new password on a site, Chrome will ask to save it. To accept, click “Save.”

Passwords Browsers Dots Chrome Save

Go back to “Settings –> Auto-fill –> Passwords,” and you should see a list of saved passwords. Click “Show password” to view it right here.

Passwords Browsers Dots Chrome Saved

Chrome also lets you copy or delete the password from a three-dot menu.

Passwords Browsers Dots Copy Password

Microsoft Edge

In Microsoft Edge, go to “Settings –> Profiles –> Passwords” and enable the option “Offer to save passwords.”

In Microsoft Edge, go to “Settings –> Profiles –> Passwords” and enable the option “Offer to save passwords.” The next time you enter a site, Edge will ask you to save the password.

Passwords Browsers Dots Edge Show Password

All the saved passwords can be viewed easily from the Show button. You can delete the passwords easily.

Passwords Browsers Dots Edge Password Displayed

Mozilla Firefox

In Firefox, go to “Options –> Privacy & Security –> Logins and Passwords.” Check all the boxes beneath “Ask to save logins and passwords for websites.” Unlike Google Chrome, Firefox lets you use a master password as a top layer over all the saved passwords. This is quite a useful security feature.

Passwords Browsers Dots Firefox Privacy Security

From now on, Firefox will offer to save all the passwords you enter. Click “Save” to proceed.

Passwords Browsers Dots Firefox Save

All the saved passwords are recoverable from “Options –> Privacy & Security –> Logins and Passwords.” You can click the “show password” icon to view the password. You can also copy the username and password from prominent icons to easily delete the passwords.

Passwords Browsers Dots Firefox Saved

3. View the Password from Developer Options

A browser’s developer option is a good way to view proper password names instead of asterisks. In any of the browsers above, right-click and enter “Inspect element.”

Passwords Browsers Dots Firefox Inspect Element

The password is automatically viewed as soon as you hover near the “Value” field.

Passwords Browsers Dots Firefox Inspect Viewed

The same hovering technique is applicable for Chrome.

Passwords Browsers Dots Chrome Viewed

4. Use a Third-Party Extension

You can also use a third-party extension to show the passwords while entering your data in the field. For Chrome, Edge, and any browser supporting Chrome extensions, ShowPassword is a good option.

It is easy to control the timing and effect in showing passwords, which can be mouse over, double-click, on focus, or pressing the control key.

Passwords Browsers Dots Chrome Showpassword Settings

Once ShowPassword has access to the site, you can use the saved effect such as mouse-over to reveal your password.

Passwords Browsers Dots Chrome Showpassword Added

As soon as you hover your mouse near the password field, the password will be displayed.

Passwords Browsers Dots Chrome Showpassword Enter

Unlike Chrome, there are many more extensions in Firefox which show passwords, such as Show/hide passwords. For Opera, there is a similar extension which reveals all password fields.

Out of all the methods discussed above to see your passwords in the browser, I recommend the first and third options due to greater ease and privacy. Another option is to use a third-party password manager so you don’t ever have to see any password in your browser.

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Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over ten years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.

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