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Microsoft Authenticator beta now lets you import passwords from Chrome or CSV files

Microsoft Authenticator Passwordsync Ios
Microsoft Authenticator Passwordsync Ios (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Authenticator beta now lets you import passwords from CSV files or directly from Chrome.
  • These features make it much easier to bring over passwords stored in other apps.
  • Microsoft Authenticator beta gained password management features in December 2020.

Microsoft Authenticator beta has a new feature that lets you import passwords from Comma Separated Values (CSV) files or directly from the Chrome browser. The new feature is rolling out to the beta versions of the app for iOS and Android and makes it significantly easier to import files that people have saved within other apps.

Microsoft Authenticator is a free app that allows you to use two-factor authentication (2FA) with code generation and on-device notifications. It already has some handy features, such as cloud-backup, app security lock, and limited screen capture, but Microsoft has recently expanded its capabilities.

At the end of last year, Microsoft Authenticator beta gained support for password managerment, including autofill ability and syncing and managing passwords. That feature was in A/B testing in December and doesn't appear to be generally available yet.

With support for importing passwords from CSV files or directly from the Chrome browser, there's less of a hurdle to jump to switch over to Microsoft Authenticator. If you have long and secure passwords across several sites, it can take some time to set them up within an app like Microsoft Authenticator.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.