How to view, change, or delete saved passwords on Firefox

Kamile Viezelyte
Cybersecurity Content Writer
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Firefox is one of the most popular desktop browsers in the world. Praised for its privacy-focused features, it’s the main alternative to Chromium-based browsers such as Google Chrome or Edge. The security assurance from the Firefox team allures many to the convenience of storing their login credentials using the browser’s built-in function.

In this article, you’ll learn how to view, change, delete, import, and export saved passwords in Firefox. We’ll also briefly discuss whether saving passwords in a browser is a secure option compared to password managers.

How to view saved passwords on Firefox

Firefox offers two paths to find where your passwords are stored. The first is straightforward:

  1. Open Firefox and click the hamburger menu at the top right corner.

  2. Select “Passwords.”

  3. You’ll see the list of your saved credentials.

You can also find your passwords in the Firefox settings:

  1. Click the hamburger menu at the top right corner.

  2. Select “Settings” and click on “Privacy & security.”

  3. Find the “Logins and passwords” section and click “Saved logins.”

  4. You will see the list of your saved credentials.

How to change saved passwords on Firefox

  1. In the “Passwords” section, select one of your saved items.

  2. Click the “Edit” button.

  3. Enter your new username and/or password.

  4. Click “Save changes.”

How to delete saved passwords on Firefox

  1. In the “Passwords” section, select one of your saved items.

  2. Click the “Remove” button.

  3. You will see a prompt screen. Select “Remove” to proceed with the deletion. Keep in mind that once a password is deleted, it cannot be restored.

How to import passwords to Firefox

  1. Go to the “Passwords” section as explained above.

  2. Click the three dots at the top right corner next to your email address.

  3. Select one of the options: “Import from another browser” or “Import from a file.”

If you choose to import from another browser:

  1. Select the available browser from the list and choose which data you want to import or select all.

  2. Click “Import” and wait for the process to finish. Once the data import is complete, click “Done.”

If you choose to import from a file:

  1. Select a CSV file with the passwords you want to import.

  2. Once the import is complete, click “Done.” You can also view a detailed import summary.

Note that importing from a file may be unsuccessful if the items stored in your CSV document do not have corresponding URLs. Firefox also won’t import duplicate files if it recognizes the same login credentials are already stored in the browser.

How to export Firefox passwords

Exporting is available on the same page as the import options:

  1. Select “Export logins.”

  2. A pop-up screen will inform you that your credentials will be saved as readable text. Click “Export.”

  3. Based on your device, you may have to complete verification, such as entering your password or PIN code.

  4. Select a secure location to store your passwords and click “Save.”

  5. A CSV file will be created.

CSV is the default format most password managers use for import and export. If you want to switch from the Firefox built-in feature to a password manager, look up our guide on importing passwords to NordPass.

How to disable the Firefox password manager

Let’s say you’ve switched to a password manager, but Firefox keeps prompting you to save your login credentials each time you log in to a new account. Luckily, turning off autosave prompts on Firefox is easy:

  1. In “Settings,” find “Privacy & security.”

  2. Under “Logins and passwords,” tick off the “Ask to save logins and passwords for websites” box.

If you disable the Firefox password manager but still have some passwords saved, you can select to continue receiving alerts about passwords for breached websites in your browser. If you want to disable the manager and erase all your saved items on Firefox, here’s what you can do:

  1. Go to the “Passwords” section as explained above.

  2. Click the three dots at the top right corner next to your email address and select “Remove all logins.”

  3. Tick on the “Yes, remove these logins” box and click “Remove all.” Note that this action cannot be undone.

Some tips to keep your online accounts secure

People often opt for browser-based password storage for convenience, but is that really the best option for the security of your sensitive data? While we’ll see how Firefox’s password storage compares to password managers shortly, here are some strategies you can use to reinforce your password security and protect your information online:

  • Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) when possible. This extra layer of protection makes it more difficult for unwanted parties to gain access to your passwords or bank details. 2FA uses one-time passwords, biometrics, and other secure measures to ensure only you can log in to your accounts.

  • Use strong and unique passwords for all your accounts. Reusing the same password is as convenient to many as relying on a browser to store login details, but it’s not a secure route. Create long passwords that use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters to make each password stronger. You can find some inspiration for your own unique passwords here. If you need a helping hand, check out our random password generator.

  • Use a password manager. Let’s be realistic – you’ve got more accounts than you can keep track of. It’s difficult to recall each unique password for each account, especially if you only access some of them once in a blue moon. To save you the headache of resetting passwords, try a password manager like NordPass.

What’s better: NordPass or a built-in browser password saver?

Let’s tackle the most intriguing question of the hour: should you keep storing your passwords in Firefox or switch to a password manager?

Although Firefox focuses heavily on security features and offers encryption for its users, it’s still susceptible to internal and external threats like many other browsers. For example, if you were to leave your computer unattended, anyone could open the “Passwords” section of your account and easily read your credentials. Additionally, as stated in Firefox’s directions, exported passwords are saved as readable text, meaning the encryption no longer applies.

On the other hand, the NordPass password manager is ready to handle such threats. You can set up Autolock in your app to ensure that no one can get into your account without your Master Password or your multi-factor authentication device. NordPass also supports passkeys, which you can use to unlock the app. If you’re using passkeys for your other accounts, you can easily store and manage them with NordPass – that’s a functionality that Firefox doesn’t support at the time of writing.

One point of contention can be the convenience of access. After all, Firefox lets you find your passwords inside the browser as you work. Well, we’ve got good news for you here. You can launch NordPass directly from your web browser – Firefox included.

Piqued your interest? Learn more about everything that NordPass has to offer for your security and convenience – or try it for yourself.

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