Google Chrome asked to change your password? Here’s why

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If Google Chrome detects any suspicious activity in your Google Account, it may ask you to change your password. Several users have reported similar password issues with the browser.

According to Google, this is a security measure and recommends the users to change the account password immediately to protect the account as well as remove the message.

In this article, we take a look at a couple of possible solutions to help you resolve Chrome asked to change password error.

What can I do if Chrome’s password alert shows up?

1. Change your password

1.1 On a Windows Computer

Chrome asked to change password

  1. Open your Google Account
  2. Enter the account credentials to log in
  3. From the left pane, click on the Security tab
  4. Scroll down to Signing in to Google section
  5. Click on the Password option
  6. Enter your current password for verification
  7. In the Change Password screen, enter your new password
  8. Enter the password again and make sure it is secure enough
  9. Click on Change Password to change the password
  10. Relaunch the browser and log in with your newly created password if asked to log in again

1.2 On an Android device

Chrome asked to change password

  1. On your Android phone, tap on Settings
  2. Go to Google and tap on Google Account
  3. Under your Google Account, tap on Manage your Google Account
  4. Tap on the Security tab
  5. Under Sign into Google, tap on Password
  6. Enter your current password and tap on Next
  7. Enter your new password. Enter the password again to confirm it
  8. Tap on Change Password to change the password

2. Clear browser cache

2.1 On a Windows computer

Chrome asked to change password

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Click on the Chrome menu (three dots)
  3. Go to More Tools > Clear browsing data. 
    • You can also press Ctrl + Shift + Del to open the clear browsing data option
  4. Click the drop-down menu for Time Range and select the appropriate option. To delete everything, select All Time
  5. Next, check the boxes for Cookies and other site data and  Cached images and files
  6. Click on the Clear data button

Want to also clear auto-fill data in Chrome? Follow this awesome guide.

2.2 For an Android device 

Chrome asked to change password

  1. Open Chrome on your Android phone
  2. Tap on the Menu (three dots) and select Settings
  3. Scroll down and tap on the Privacy option under the Advanced section
  4. Tap on Clear browsing data
  5. Next, change the Time Range
  6. Check the following boxes:
    • Browsing history
    • Cookies and site data
  7. Tap on Clear data.
  8. Close and relaunch Google Chrome and check for any improvements.

After clearing the cache data, you will be logged out of all the websites you are logged in and you might need to sign in again.

3. Reset browser settings

  1. On your computer, open Chrome
  2. Click the Chrome menu (three dots) and select Settings
  3. Click on Advanced to expand the section
  4. Under “Reset and clean up” click on Reset Settings
  5. Click on Reset Settings again to confirm the action

Resetting the browser settings will restore any changes made by third-party apps that might be causing the Chrome change password issue.

Google Chrome only asks users to change the password if it suspects any abnormal behavior with your Google Account. Make sure you change your Google Account password before attempting any other steps to secure your account.

Were you ever persistently asked by Google to change your password? Tell us how you solved this issue in the comments section below.