You can now stop writing your passwords, addresses, and other log-in credentials on slips of paper. Android has a handful of reputable and easy-to-use password managers that help you keep your passwordsmore
You can now stop writing your passwords, addresses, and other log-in credentials on slips of paper. Android has a handful of reputable and easy-to-use password managers that help you keep your passwords secure, autofill forms, and sync your data across your different devices and browsers -- and all you need to remember is one master password.
A password manager is basically an encrypted password vault that stores the login information you use to access your various apps and online services. The best Android password managers can also generate unique and strong passwords and ensure you aren't reusing them across your different services. And the best thing is, you don't have to remember any of them. With just one master password -- or in some cases a PIN or even your fingerprint -- you can autofill a form or password field using a password app. While the best free password managers let you securely store passwords for one device, with a subscription, you can also sync log-in data across all your devices, as well as share credentials with trusted family and friends. Some also offer an encrypted vault for storing other files. If transparency is important to you, both Bitwarden and Keepass2Android (an unofficial port to Android of the popular password manager KeePass on Windows) are open-source projects.
You can certainly use the Chrome or Firefox browsers to manage your passwords, addresses, and other log-in data. You can even set up a master password to unlock your credentials. And while browsers are an easy way to keep track of passwords -- and are certainly better than not using a password keeper at all -- you can't access your passwords and other log-in info from other browsers, and they aren't much help creating strong passwords.
The best Android password managers can keep you passwords and login credentials safe in a secured vault, which you can unlock with one master password.
The 1Password app from AgileBits can manage your passwords and log-in credentials you use for online accounts and then unlock services and autofill forms with one master password. The password manager can sync your data across Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS platforms through Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge browser extensions. Agilebits offers a 30-day trial to check out its password manager. Then, it's $2.99 a month to subscribe.
Bitwarden offers a generous free plan that lets you install and sync the password manager on all your devices and an affordable $10-a-year subscription to share password and log-in information with others. You sync passwords and other log-in information across (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Tor, and more. And through the Bitwarden vault, you can share passwords with those you trust. And for those who care, it's open source.
If all you need is a no-frills password manager, look to Dashlane. It lacks a few features found in other password keepers, but if you need a password manager for only one device, Dashlane is free. To sync across all your devices as well as share credentials with others, it's $39.99 a year.
The Keepass2Android password manager is a port of the popular open-source KeePass for Windows. Besides Android and Windows, you can find ports of the open-source tool for Linux, Mac, Android, and iOS, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and other popular browsers. It takes a bit or work to set up the password manager, but if you already use it on Windows or are looking for an open-source app, it's worth the effort.
LastPass for Android offers a broad range of password-management tools for free. The app can store your passwords and credentials and sync them across your desktop and mobile apps and browser extensions. With a $24 annual subscription, you can share your credentials with others.