Autofill means automatic filling. A function that is available on your Android device or also via Chrome on the web. You can find out what autofill is all about, how to activate and edit it in our tip article.
Google Autofill – Automatically insert addresses and passwords into forms
Signing in to many apps or services is often possible directly with your Google account (or alternatively Facebook account). This means that you don’t always have to create a new account with any provider. The password and more when logging in via Google are then entered directly via Google Autofill. Starting with Android 8.0 Oreo, autofill was also made available for Android apps.
Enable and set Google Autofill in Chrome Web
Google Autofill in Chrome can automatically fill in your first and last name, address, zip code, city, country, phone number or email address, and credit card information into form fields on web pages.
To enable autofill in Chrome on the web, first click on the three dots in the top right next to your profile picture and then on Settings. The “Autofill” function is located in the top left of the settings.
You will then find the options for passwords with the Google Password Manager, payment methods and addresses. By clicking on Passwords you can see your already saved passwords, you can add new passwords, indicate that the automatic saving of passwords is offered and the automatic login to websites and apps.
- If you have a third-party extension/app installed on your PC (e.g. Enpass), the automatic filling in of passwords is offered by Google (if stored there) and Enpasss.
You can add new payment methods by clicking on Payment methods. You also choose to have payment forms automatically filled out with your payment methods. The addresses you have already saved are displayed under the Addresses option. You can edit or delete them and add new ones by clicking on the three dots.
Whenever you get to a new registration form or your address is required for an order on the web, for example, Google can use Autofill and insert all the information automatically.
Enable Google Autofill from the Chrome app
Autofill can also be activated directly on your smartphone via the Chrome app. To do this, open Chrome on your smartphone and tap on the three dots at the top right. Here you select the settings again and then you will find the options passwords, payment methods and addresses separately in the basic settings. Editing, saving or adding is done just like on the web.
On Android you can secure the payment methods again with your fingerprint or, if available, Face Unlock. To do this, activate the switch for Screen lock, Use screen lock to confirm cards faster.
Delete saved AutoFill form information
To delete address information, payment methods and other stored information in Chrome at the same time, open Chrome on your PC and click on the three dots in the top right. Then select more tools and then Clear browsing data. Here you can choose a time period between “Last hour” and “All time”. Use the Advanced tab to choose which ones Autofill data from history are to be deleted.
Google Autofill – Change default service on Android or disable autofill
Google Autofill has entered Google as the autofill service by default on Android. However, if you use another service, such as Enpass, you can set it as the default. To do this, open the settings on your smartphone and click on the Passwords and accounts option. Here you will find the autofill service. The name of the service that has already been selected is then displayed there, or if none was selected, no app.
Clicking on the service takes you to the overview. Here you will find the options No app, Google and other installed password/autofill services such as Enpass, LastPass or others. If you select a service, you will be informed that this service will then access the display to determine which fields can be filled in automatically. Therefore, you should only allow autofill for trusted apps.
Autofill is a built-in service in Android and Chrome. Therefore, it cannot be removed, only deactivated. In Android, this is done by selecting no app, in Chrome you deactivate the passwords, payment information and addresses functions using a switch. Autofill makes it easier to register or fill out forms.