How to import Chrome passwords into Safari on Mac

For years, Safari for Mac offered no way to import passwords from Google Chrome. That alone made the complete transition to Safari quite difficult for long-time Chrome users. Of course, that meant running two instances of browsers and switching between them for work or play.


Well, you can manually add all the passwords from Chrome to Safari. But it’s tedious and a nightmare if you had hundreds of login data stored in Chrome.

Or you could have tried various workarounds that involved multiple browsers or sketchy scripts while endangering sensitive passwords.

Fortunately, macOS Catalina 10.15.4 has finally added the means to import Chrome passwords directly into Safari. And it’s very easy to do too. Let’s see how.

Import Chrome Passwords into Safari on Mac

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to update your Mac to macOS Catalina version 10.15.4 or higher. Otherwise, you won’t find the option to import Chrome passwords into Safari. To update your Mac, go to the Apple menu> System Preferences> Software Update. If a new update is available, install it.

Point: To check the version of macOS installed on your Mac right now, go to the Apple menu> About this Mac> Presentation.

Also, it’s a good idea to open Chrome briefly for a few seconds, just to give the browser enough time to sync your login information. Google account. This will ensure that you will have the most up-to-date password data downloaded locally for import into Safari.

Remember to quit Chrome completely (Chrome> Quit Google Chrome) afterwards. If you do not do this, Safari will not be able to import your passwords.

Are you all done? Here are the steps you need to follow to import your Chrome passwords into Safari on Mac.

Step 1: Open Safari. Click File on the menu bar, point to Import from, and then click Google Chrome.


2nd step: Check the box next to Passwords. You can also check the boxes next to Favorites and History if you want to import these additional forms of data from Chrome to Safari. When you’re done, click Import.

Note: You will only see the Passwords check box if your Mac is running macOS Catalina 10.15.4 or higher.


Step 3: Enter the login keychain password (usually the same password as your Mac user account) in the pop-up window. Click Allow to continue.


Step 4: Re-insert the keychain password “connection” in the box “Safari wants to access the key …”. Click on Allow.


Safari will then import your Chrome passwords, but you will not see any prompts or visual notifications as confirmation.

To check if your passwords have been successfully imported, go to Safari> Preferences> Passwords. Enter your user account password when prompted and you will see a list of passwords. The login information you imported from Chrome should be merged with all previous Safari passwords.

You can also try to connect to a site whose login information was originally saved through Chrome. If passwords are successfully imported, Safari will ask you to fill in automatically information.

Tip – Sync your Safari passwords with iPhone / iPad

After importing your Chrome passwords into Safari, they will sync seamlessly on your iPhone and iPad courtesy of ICloud keychain.

Go to iPhone / iPad Settings> Passwords and Accounts> Website and Application Passwords to view them. And if auto-fill passwords are enabled, passwords will auto-fill in Safari.


Since Safari on iPhone and iPad has no way of copying over Chrome passwords, importing them to a Mac instead and syncing them using the iCloud keychain is an ideal workaround.

If your passwords don’t sync with your iPhone or iPad, you need to make sure that the iCloud keychain is enabled on your Mac and iPhone / iPad. Here’s how.

Step 1: On the Mac, go to Apple menu> System Preferences> iCloud. Select iCloud, then check the box next to Keychain.


2nd step: On iPhone and iPad, go to Settings> Apple ID> iCloud> Keychain. Activate the switch next to the iCloud keychain.


When the iCloud keychain is activated, your passwords should sync from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad. Remember to go to iPhone / iPad Settings> Passwords and Accounts> Website and Application Passwords to confirm. If you’re still having synchronization issues, see this troubleshooting guide.

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Safari may not be the best browser for everyone on the Mac. Chrome is actually a superior alternative with huge expansion support and massive cross-platform availability. But there’s no denying that Safari offers the tightest integration with macOS and the rest of the Apple ecosystem. Therefore, having the ability to import your Chrome passwords will ultimately make it easier to switch to Safari.

So, did you manage to import your Chrome passwords into Safari without problems? Feel free to leave a comment and let us know.

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Last updated on April 11, 2020

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