Memory is a short-lived thing, especially when it comes to not-so-subtle combinations of letters, numbers, and special characters. What’s the password for that app you used three years ago? Where’s your password for 22Bet? And how do you get into your old email? Let’s face it: it’s impossible to find an old password in 100% of cases, but there are some useful methods.
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How to Find Passwords in Your Phone
Lost your password? Don’t know where to find app passwords on your phone? Most likely, your smartphone has saved not only the code combination but also the login and the site/app where this pair should be entered.
Where to See Saved App Passwords on Android
Data on your Android smartphone is usually saved in Google services, and you can manage it or remind yourself of your password in a special section of the settings. So, to go to this section and find out where to find passwords on the phone, follow the algorithm:
- Open Settings.
- At the very bottom, find the Google section and click on it.
- In the new window titled “Services on this device”, select “Autofill”.
- In the next window, select “Autofill by Google.”
- Open the “Passwords” section.
Click on any service in the list below to see your saved username and password. You may have multiple passwords saved to each service, site or app, which will also be displayed when you open the desired item. If you want to delete a saved password, you can do it here as well.
Where to find passwords on an iPhone
There are some nuances for an iPhone. You can use two main methods.
The First Option
- Open the “Settings” section.
- In different versions of iOS, the location of the necessary item will differ, but in the latest system, “Passwords” are at the bottom of the list. Find and open this menu.
- The smartphone will ask you to enter Face ID, Touch ID or passcode depending on the iOS version; verify in the right way.
- A list of all your saved information will open; select the desired site, service, or app and tap on it.
- In a new window, you can see the login-password pair.
If you need to erase the data, click “Delete password” or “Delete access key”. If you have a voice control option, then you can ask her exactly how to find saved passwords in the phone.
- Call Siri; depending on the iOS version and settings, it can be “Hi, Siri” or just “Siri” (you can change the way to call the assistant in the settings).
- Press the “Home” button or the side button if you don’t have the former, Siri will also show up for the call.
- In free form, say the question, “Where are my passwords stored?” or more specifically, “Show me my password for ProCreate.” Siri will open the desired item, and all you have to do is record the information you received.
Where to Find Passwords in the Browser on the Computer
To find saved passwords on the computer, you don’t need to be a software engineer. It’s enough to follow the instructions and not get confused. If you don’t use a third-party password manager, most of the saved pairs of logins and passwords for different sites and services are most likely stored in the memory of your browsers, through which you accessed the sites. But since there are an inconceivable number of browsers nowadays, let’s analyze only the most popular ones, the rest are often based on Google Chrome or Opera, and you can find passwords in them by analogy with their ancestor browsers.
If you know how to find a password in the Google Chrome browser, you will be able to do it in dozens of similar browsers based on Chromium. The algorithm to find saved passwords in Google Chrome is as follows:
- Click on the icon with three dots in the upper-right corner of the browser.
- From the drop-down contextual menu, select “Settings,” then “Advanced.”
- Open the “Passwords and Forms” item. Here, you can select the option to autofill the login-password on sites or disable this feature. Click “Customize” to view the data.
- In a new window, you can see the saved sites/services and login-password pairs for them as a list.
If you need to delete data from a particular site, click on the icon with three dots next to the desired item and select “Delete”. Note that clearing the browser history is irreversible.
If you search for passwords on your PC in the Mozilla browser, you may get confused, as the route to the right item in the settings will be different from that in Chromium-based browsers. However, by following these instructions, you won’t encounter any problems.
- Go to the menu (icon with three bars in the upper right corner of the browser window) and go to “Settings”.
- Next, go to “Privacy and Protection” on the left side of the screen. Make sure the “Save logins and passwords for websites” option is checked in the center section of the “Forms and passwords” block, and click on the “Saved logins” button.
- A familiar list of sites/services and their corresponding login-password pairs will open. Click on the “Display passwords” button to see the saved data.
Where to Find System Passwords on Your PC
If you’re trying to figure out where to find passwords on your PC, you’re in for a disappointment: by default, no login-password pairs are saved in the Windows operating system. The system itself has a built-in app for saving login-passwords for manual entry and saving data, the Credentials Manager. So if you want to save your login-passwords not in the browser but directly on the hard disk of your computer, add them to a special manager in advance. To do this, follow the instructions:
- Open a search and type “Credentials Manager”. Open the software found in the search.
- There are two options in this window — “Accounts for Internet” and “Windows Credentials”. Select the second option.
- In the “Windows Credentials” box, click on the “Add Windows credentials” button.
- An input form will open with three lines (website/service address, username, and password). Enter the data and save it.
- See the added data in the “Windows Credentials” block, which you can later use or delete if necessary.