Windows Hello can protect your Chrome passwords. That’s right.

Setting up this feature usually takes only a few minutes.


Storing passwords in Chrome is convenient, but it also comes with risks. If you share your device with others, they can use the saved credentials to log in to any website. At least, they can if you haven’t enabled Chrome’s built-in protection.

On a Windows PC, you can use Windows Hello to lock access to Chrome passwords. Once enabled, you’ll need to enter a PIN or use a biometric authentication method (such as fingerprint or webcam) before Chrome fills in login forms with your username and password.

Here’s how to enable this feature.

Step 1: Verify if Windows Hello is set up

Have you logged into your Windows PC using a PIN, fingerprint, or facial recognition? You should be able to proceed to Step 2. (However, if you don’t see the Windows Hello option in the settings of Google Password Manager, return to this step.)


Login options in Windows 10.

In the Windows 10 or 11 Start menu, type “Sign-in options” – or open the “Settings” app and use the search bar to find “Sign-in options.” If your computer doesn’t have a compatible fingerprint reader or webcam, it won’t support biometric authentication methods for Windows Hello verification, but you should be able to set up a PIN.

Note: Any Windows Hello methods you set up will allow you to sign in to your computer. If you’re concerned about the security of biometric options, you can stick to using only a PIN – ideally at least six digits long.

Step 2: Go to Chrome settings

In the Chrome window, click the three-dot icon in the top right corner of the screen. Then select “Settings” > “Autofill and passwords” > “Google Password Manager.” In the left navigation pane, choose “Settings.”

You can also enter chrome://password-manager/settings in the address bar of a Chrome tab and press Enter.

Step 3: Enable Windows Hello protection


Flipping this switch will enable Windows Hello verification on this computer.

In the Google Password Manager settings, locate “Use Windows Hello to fill passwords.” Click the switch to enable this feature, then enter your PIN or use an alternate Windows Hello method to verify the change. The toggle button will then move to the right and turn blue.

Once Windows Hello verification is enabled, a pop-up window will appear with an authentication check, and then Chrome will autofill your saved login information. You’ll see this every time you need to log in to a website.


The Windows Hello Verification Popup

How to Further Protect Your Passwords

Just as convenient as saving passwords in your Google account, you can enhance security by using a standalone, feature-rich password manager. Why? Because if your Google account is compromised or lost, you won’t run into trouble anymore.

There are many excellent options, both free and paid, but paid options offer better perks, such as emergency access to your passwords, more sophisticated forms of two-factor authentication, and easier password sharing. These options can integrate with your phone and PC, so you can still seamlessly create, store, and use your credentials.

That being said, if Chrome is your go-to password manager and it helps you avoid relying on weak passwords and/or password reuse, listing all your login information in plain text documents, or a combination of both, then it’s the right choice for you. In addition to Windows Hello verification, you can also use antivirus software (such as Avast One) to guard against malicious applications attempting to steal browser-saved passwords. But the best defense is to use strong passwords and two-factor authentication to protect your Google account.

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