How to import / export passwords using Microsoft Edge

How to import / export passwords using Microsoft Edge

If you keep up to date with the latest news from Microsoft, you’ll know that the company has worked hard to make its browser, Microsoft Edge, a major competitor in the browser market. If you want to give it a try but don’t want to leave all of your passwords behind, you can easily import them. If you don’t like the new Edge, just export them!

Here’s how to import and export passwords using Microsoft Edge.

How to import passwords into Microsoft Edge

Importing passwords into Microsoft Edge is super easy once you’ve learned how. You don’t even need to export passwords from your old browser; Microsoft Edge will detect the browsers installed on your system and allow you to import from the one of your choice.

If you want to import a password manager’s vault into Edge, see if you can install the password manager through the Edge add-on store. If you can, you should be able to log into your account and keep your passwords.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing this article, you cannot export your passwords from your password manager and import them directly into Edge. When you export passwords, a handler usually creates a CSV file that you can import elsewhere. However, Edge only imports from browsers and not CSV files.

As such, although it is quite complicated, you can export your passwords to a CSV file, import it into a browser such as Chrome or Firefox, and then perform a browser import through Edge.

Import passwords from a browser

To get started, start Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots at the top right. Then click on “Settings”.

Import export edge settings

You might be tempted to click on the “Passwords” setting on this page, but you shouldn’t at this time! Instead, go a little below the passwords and click on “Import browser data”.

Import Edge Import Data ExportImport Edge Import Data Export

From the top menu, select the browser you want to import from. Then, if you have multiple profiles on this browser, then you can select the profile that will be used to retrieve your passwords. Once you have configured both, make sure the “Saved Passwords” box is checked.

Import Export Edge SelectionImport Export Edge Selection

When you check it, you will see a little warning appear on the right. This warns you that any passwords you have already saved will be overwritten by the imported data. As such, if you have changed an account password in Edge, it will be overwritten with the old details on import.

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Once you’re ready, scroll down and click “Import.” A restart may be required for all of your passwords to appear.

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How to export passwords from Microsoft Edge

If the new Edge browser isn’t right for you and you want to migrate again, you can export your passwords from Edge. This way you can then import them into your next browser so that you don’t lose any data.

To do this, return to the settings page. Although we avoided the Password page before, we can now access it to export our passwords.

Import Export Edge PasswordsImport Export Edge Passwords

Next to the words “Saved passwords,” click the three dots. Note that if you use dark mode on Edge, the gray background can make it difficult to see the dots. Hover your mouse under the buttons until you find it.

Import Export Edge SavedImport Export Edge Saved

Then click on “Export passwords”.

Import Export Edge ExportImport Export Edge Export

You will need to enter your Windows PIN before you can export your passports. Once done, you can save a CSV file containing all your passwords and import it into your browser of choice. Just make sure to delete the file after the import is complete, otherwise other people will be able to read your passwords!

Microsoft has made it easy to import and export your passwords in Microsoft Edge. You can also use it to take screenshots of web pages. Don’t forget to check out the best Microsoft Edge metrics to increase its functionality.

Have you tried Edge lately? Let us know below.


Simon batt
Simon batt

Simon Batt is a computer science graduate with a passion for cybersecurity.

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