Welcome to the 1Password extension!

Since you’re reading this, you have successfully installed the 1Password extension. Nice work! Here’s a quick introduction to the basics of using it.


Getting started with 1Password is easy! You can:

But if you’re brand new to 1Password, here’s a brief walk-through to get you going!

Introducing the 1Password extension

How To: Save a 1Password Login

If you already have a username and password for a site, it’s really easy to save them into 1Password as a Login, which you can use to get into the site later much more quickly. From now on, 1Password can automatically and securely fill in your usernames and passwords for you! Here’s how:

1. Visit a site, enter your credentials, and login

So far so good, right? Now look at the top of your browser, because the 1Password Bar should appear (pictured below) for the next step.

2. Use the 1Password Bar to save your Login in 1Password

Just click Save and you’re done! Optionally, you can customize the Login’s name to add things like “personal” or “business” to help you find the right one later on.

1Password Bar

3. Now logout to try your new Login

This way we can be sure you entered the right information. Head on to the next step, you’re almost done!

How To: Use 1Password to log into a site

Let’s put that Login to work! Visit the site for the Login you just created, then:

1. Click the key button, then your Login

The menu that appears displays a list of Logins available for the current site at the top, and all of your Logins for all sites just below. Click the proper Login for the current site to fill your username and password into the form and login automatically.

Login with the key button

ProTip: If you saved only one Login in 1Password for the current site, press Command-\ Ctrl-\ on your keyboard to login instantly!

2. Ponder how you’ve lived without 1Password all this time

Unbelievable, right? :)

How To: Use All Logins to login even faster

Typing URLs is a drag, not to mention having to remember them all. To browse and log into a site even more quickly:

  1. Click the 1Password key in your browser’s toolbar or hit Command-\ Ctrl-\
  2. Type the first couple of letters of the site you want, and watch as 1Password filters your list of Logins as you type
  3. Click or press Return on the Login you want use, and 1Password will open its site in a new tab and automatically log you in!

All Logins

How To: Manually save a Login

Sometimes you might need to manually save a Login to get it just the way you want. In that case, you can:

  1. Visit the site’s login page
  2. Enter your login details like normal, but wait—don’t hit the login button yet!
  3. Click the 1Password key button, then click the + button
  4. A new login form with the details you entered into the site will appear (pictured below). Feel free to customize any details you want
  5. Click Save to store your new Login!

Manually saving a Login

How To: Use the Strong Password Generator

One of 1Password’s best features is the Strong Password Generator. This lets you create incredibly secure, unique, and unguessable passwords when you create or update your Logins.

Strong Password Generator

When it’s time to enter your password during a signup process simply:

  1. Click the 1Password key button
  2. Click the Strong Password Generator
  3. (Optionally) Customize your new password
  4. Click Fill to place your new password into the form
  5. Enter the rest of the details as requested and submit the form
  6. 1Password should then prompt you if you’d like to save this new information as a Login

How To: Update a Login’s password

Updating a password has two main components: updating it online and updating 1Password’s local copy. You will need to ensure that both the website and 1Password are aware of the change, or you may have trouble logging in to the site. Think of it like changing the locks on your door but not giving your roommate the new key.

To keep things simple, you can update a password completely within your browser without ever opening the main 1Password application. Nice!

Update the password online

Generate and fill the passwordFirst things first, you will need to log in to the website of the account you want to update and navigate to the site’s “change password” page. Every site is different, but it will often be accessible via a link such as “my account,” “account settings,” or “account preferences.” Once you are viewing the “change password” page of the website:

  1. Click the 1Password button in your browser’s toolbar

  2. Select the Password Generator (the fourth section from the top represented by an icon of a safe dial).

  3. Click the Fill button to automatically fill the generated password into the website’s “new password” form field(s). Feel free to adjust the length, digits, symbols, and other options as needed before filling the password.

    If you need to enter your current password in order to update it:

    • Click the 1Password button in your browser’s toolbar.
    • Click the circled > to the right of the Login’s title to view its details.
    • Click on the concealed password field to copy the password to your clipboard. The “copy” label will briefly change to “copied” to indicate that the password was copied.
    • Paste your current password into the password update form.
  4. Submit your new password to the site to confirm the change.

Update 1Password’s local copy

View password historySo we’ve “changed the lock.” Now we just need to give a copy of the new key to the cleanest roommate you’ve ever had: 1Password. (Has 1Password ever left dishes in the sink or dirty clothes on the floor? I didn’t think so.)

  1. Click the 1Password button in your browser’s toolbar.
  2. Select the Password Generator.
  3. Click the “View password history” button. Your most recently generated password will be listed at the top.
  4. Click the circled > to the right of the generated password’s title to view its details.
  5. Click on the concealed password field to copy the password to your clipboard. The “copy” label will briefly change to “copied” to indicate that the password was copied.
  6. Select the Logins section (represented in the extension by a keyhole icon) and click the circled > to the right of the Login title you are updating.
  7. Click the Edit button and paste the newly generated password into the password field then click Save. Paste the newly generated password

That’s it! You now have a strong password for that website. Feel free to rinse and repeat for all the Logins you need to update, especially those ones from Ye Olden Days. You know the ones.

Customize 1Password extension options

You can tell the 1Password extension to behave in a few different ways, such as whether it automatically asks you to save new Logins or conceals your passwords when you view item details.


Open the extension and go to the Settings pane to take control of your 1Password experience!

Learn more about 1Password

Congratulations! You made it to the end! You are now a Yellow Belt expert and ready to use 1Password.

But wait – there’s more! 1Password can securely store and fill so much more into web forms, including multiple Identities and Credit Cards to make it much easier for you to register at new sites and checkout quickly while shopping. You can even take all your 1Password stuff on-the-go with our apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

If you want to make it to the Black Belt level, explore our User Guide to learn everything 1Password can do for you!