What gets stored in Chrome’s Autofill feature and how to manage it

Most of the time having your Chrome browser remember information you’ve used to fill out forms online is super useful. It saves you time when you sign up for a new service or order something online and provides a secure way to enter the same information. But it’s only a useful feature if it’s correct or you might choose to turn it off and have Chrome not store this info in the cloud.Google Chrome logo

Before you decide to do anything to your Chrome Autofill data, you should know what information it saves in the first place and where it gets the information from. Chrome remembers your Autofill data from the first time you enter information about yourself.

Specifically, when you’re using Autofill it saves:

  • Name
  • Organization
  • Street address including city, province, postal code and country
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Credit card information

Your name and address may tied to credit card data in Chrome’s Autofill settings or it may be drawn from your Google Payments information. Keep in mind that in both cases this Autofill data is stored in your personal cloud and not on your device. This means that it’s the same across all instances of Chrome that you’re signed into.

How to change the Chrome Autofill data on your desktop

Open up Chrome on your desktop computer and then click the menu button in the top right corner (it looks like three vertical dots). Then open then click on Settings and scroll down to Advanced Settings. Next scroll down to Passwords and Forms and click Manage Autofill Settings. To add a new address, click Add new street address.  To add a new credit card, click Add new credit card. Then click Done.

If you want to edit an existing address or credit card, just hover over its entry and then click Edit. Once you’re done editing, click Done.

Similarly, if you want to delete an existing address or credit card, just hover over its entry and then click Delete. Then click Done to confirm your choice.

If your credit card info is stored in Google Payments, you can’t edit it from your Chrome settings. To edit one of these, sign into payments.google.com and then repeat the process outlined above.

How to change the Chrome Autofill data on your Android

Open up the Chrome app and then tap the three vertical dots that bring up your menu. Then tap Settings, then tap Autofill forms. To add a new address tap the blue plus sign next to Addresses and fill out your information. To add a new credit card tap the blue plus sign and fill your credit card information.

To edit an existing address or credit card, tap the address or credit card in question and then change the information on the form. Then scroll to the bottom and tap save.

Similarly, if you want to delete an existing address, tap the minus sign next to the address.  If you want to delete an existing credit card, tap the minus sign next to the credit card.

How to turn Autofill off on your desktop

If you don’t want Chrome to save your data and use it to help you fill out forms, it’s easy to turn it off. Open up your Chrome browser, then tap the three vertical dots in the corner to open your menu. Then click Settings, followed by Advanced Settings, Passwords & Forms. Just uncheck the box next to Enable Autofill to fill out web forms in a single click.

How to turn Autofill off on your Android

Again it’s super easy to turn off Chrome’s Autofill Settings on your Android. Open up your Chrome browser then tap the three vertical dots in the right hand corner to bring up your menu. Then tap Settings and then tap the heading marked Autofill forms. From there just flip the switch at the top of the page to the Off position.

Sources: Android Central

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