Google has introduced an updated security feature to Chrome's built-in Password Manager. Chrome on PCs and Macs now supports biometric authentication, such as fingerprint or facial recognition, or Windows Hello PIN to verify your identity before automatically filling in your saved passwords.
This is a great way to keep your passwords safe, especially if you share your computer with others. But it can also be annoying to enter your PIN or authenticate with biometrics, especially if you log in to several websites every day and don't share your computer with anyone.
In this guide, we’ll see how you can disable Windows Hello for auto-filling saved passwords on Google Chrome.
Disable Windows Hello for filling passwords on Google Chrome
If you want to stop the Windows Hello prompt from showing up when Chrome tries to fill in passwords automatically, you can follow these steps:
- Open Chrome and click on the three-dot icon located in the upper-right corner of your browser window and select 'Settings' from the menu.
- In the left panel, click on 'Autofill and passwords' and select the 'Google Password Manager' option on the right.
- On the Password Manager settings page, click the 'Settings' tab on the left panel.
- Click on the toggle button next to the 'Use Windows Hello when filling passwords' option to turn it off.
- This will open the Windows Hello prompt. Enter your PIN or use biometrics to verify your identity, and then the prompt will disappear.
- After that restart the browser to apply the changes.
After you disable this feature, Chrome will stop asking you to authenticate using Windows Hello when you try to fill in passwords.
However, Chrome will still prompt you to enter your Windows password or biometrics when you try to view saved passwords in Chrome Password Manager. This is a built-in security feature that protects your saved passwords from unauthorized access. For you own good, there is no way to disable this feature.
To make autofill more secure, turn off the 'Sign in automatically' option. This will prompt Chrome to ask for your password the first time you use autofill after launching the browser, but it won't ask you again for the rest of the session.
Now you don't have to worry about constant Windows Hello prompts, but your passwords are still protected from unauthorized use (assuming you close the browser completely after you're done using it). Of course, you can also disable autofill completely if you don't want to use it at all.