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How to show hidden passwords in any browser

Decipher what's hiding behind those secretive asterisks.
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April 24, 2022

Passwords keep you protected, but they’re so easy to forget! This is especially the case when you rely on password-managing software for everything. We’ve created this guide to show you how to make your computer show hidden passwords. Want to see what’s behind those secretive asterisks? There are ways to bypass them, so stick around and see how it’s done.

More: 20 Chrome tips and tricks you should try

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Hidden passwords can be shown by clicking on the eye icon next to your password box. This needs to be supported by the website, so keep reading for other methods if this one doesn't work for you.


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Editor’s note: All instructions to show hidden passwords were put together using a custom PC running Windows 11, as well as Chrome 100.0.4896.127 and Firefox 99.0.1.

Show hidden passwords using the eye icon

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Browsers and websites have been making it easier to view hidden passwords. There’s usually a tool right next to the text box!

How to use the eye icon to view hidden passwords:

  1. Open any website and let your manager input a password.
  2. Next to the password box, you will see an eye icon with a line crossing it. Click on it.
  3. You may also see an obvious option labeled as Show password, Show, or something similar.
  4. The password will show up!
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If this doesn’t work, you can rely on the methods listed below.

Related: Stay safe with the best two-factor authenticator apps

Show hidden passwords by looking at the code

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You can dig into the code to see what your password manager has typed into a text box. It’s a little different with every browser, so we can’t give you an exact tutorial that will work for everyone. Instead, we’ve picked the two most popular browsers (Chrome and Firefox) and made step-by-step instructions for each.

Show passwords in Chrome:

  1. Open any website and let your manager input a password.
  2. Right-click on the text box with the password.
  3. Select Inspect.
  4. Look for the text type=”Password”.
  5. Replace “Password” with “Text.”
  6. Press Enter.
  7. Your password will show up!

Show passwords in Firefox:

  1. Open any website and let your manager input a password.
  2. Right-click on the text box with the password.
  3. Select Inspect.
  4. A bar with the highlighted password field appears.
  5. Look for the code that reads type=”Password”.
  6. Replace “Password” with “Text.”
  7. Your password will show up!

Keep in mind these changes might not go away. Make sure to replace “Text” with “Password” so future users may not see your hidden passwords.

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Get into the manager settings

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Most password managers have an option for displaying passwords within their own settings menu. The process for doing this is different in every case, but we will show you how it’s done on Chrome and Firefox to get the gist of it.

Show passwords in Chrome:

  1. Hit the 3-dot menu button in the top-right corner of your browser.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Autofill and tap on Passwords.
  4. There will be an eye next to every saved password. Click on it.
  5. You will be asked for your Google Account password or verification. Input it.
  6. The password will appear.

Show passwords in Firefox:

  1. Hit the Firefox menu button.
  2. Select Passwords.
  3. You’ll see all your saved logins. Select the one you want to know the password for.
  4. Next to the hidden password, you’ll see an eye icon. Click on it.
  5. Voila. You can now see your saved password!

Also: 1Password vs LastPass

Use third party software

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Plenty of third-party apps and extensions out there will show hidden passwords. A couple of good ones include the ShowPassword and Show Hidden Password Chrome extensions. A quick search will lead you to plenty of other options, though. Check out our top picks below.


FAQs

Can anyone who uses my computer see my passwords?

Given that you give them access to your PC, Windows profile, and browser, chances are they can find ways to see your auto-filled passwords. Some of these methods require authentication, but most don’t. You should always be careful who you let into your computer.

How can I protect my saved passwords from people who use my computer?

You can create a Windows guest profile. Either that or use a more secure password manager than Chrome’s or Firefox’s. Also, make sure people can’t easily access your Windows profile by setting a secure PIN or password.

What does Chrome do to protect my passwords?

Locally, there isn’t much they do, other than verifying your identity in the Settings. Google is good at letting you know if your information is somehow involved in a data breach, though. This allows you to change your passwords promptly.


The ability to show hidden passwords is excellent, but it’s a feature you won’t really need if you manage your passwords appropriately. The best way to keep your passwords in check is by using a proper password manager. Here’s a list of the best password managers available.