Avast Passwords: Getting Started

How to set up and use Avast Passwords

This article describes configuration of Avast Passwords installed on PCs with Avast Antivirus. If you want to configure Avast Passwords on mobile devices, please read the following article:


Instructions for configuration of Avast Passwords in Avast Antivirus can be found in the following sections:

Set up Passwords

Before you start using Passwords an initial configuration is needed:

  1. Start by opening your Avast user interface and select Privacy Passwords.
  2. Click Start now to start configuration.
  3. Create the Master Password that complies with the on-screen requirements and retype it. Then tick the box to acknowledge that we are unable to restore or reset your Master Password if you forget it. Confirm your changes by tapping Set password and continue.
  4. Click Activate in Google Chrome.
  5. Click Install in your Google Chrome browser, then click Add extension in the dialog that appears. A confirmation screen indicates that the extension is Installed.
  6. Click Activate in Mozilla Firefox, and follow these steps in your Mozilla Firefox browser:
    1. Click Install, then click Allow in the dialog that appears.
    2. Click Install in the next dialog. A confirmation screen indicates that the extension is Installed.

When you activate the Passwords extension, the passwords saved in your browsers are automatically imported to Passwords. If you do not have any passwords saved in your browsers, you need to click Add manually and provide the login details for your online accounts one by one.

Passwords that are imported are not automatically deleted from your browsers. We recommend you manually delete all passwords from your browsers.

Manage accounts

Each time you log into an online account in your browser for the first time, the Passwords extension recognizes the new login attempt and offers to save the account details to Passwords. Alternatively, you can add the details of an account manually on the Passwords screen by following these steps:

  1. Click Add account.
  2. Optionally select a color for the account (this color appears in the account icon), then provide the following details:
    • Account name: a name that will allow you to easily find and recognize your account.
    • Web address: the website address of the account, for example, https://www.example.com.
    • Username: the username (often an email address) that you use to log into the account.
    • Password: the password that you currently use to log into the account.
    Click Save to confirm the data.

A tile representing your newly added account details appears on the main Passwords screen.


To edit or delete a previously added account, follow these steps:

  1. Click an account tile to open the account contents.
  2. Click Edit, then:
    • Modify the existing account, and click Save to confirm your changes.
    • Click Delete to completely remove the account.

Manage notes

The Secure Notes section is a place where you can safely store notes in Passwords. All notes are encrypted and protected by your Master Password to ensure maximum security. This feature protects your confidential information from unauthorized access. Add a new note by following these steps:

  1. Click Add note.
  2. Optionally select a color for the note (this color appears in the note icon), then provide the following details:
    • Title: a title that will allow you to easily find and recognize your note.
    • Note contents: any data that you want to keep secure, such as PINs and contact details.
    Click Save to confirm the data.

A tile representing your newly added note appears on the main Passwords screen.


To edit or delete a previously added note, follow these steps:

  1. Click a note tile to open the note contents.
  2. Click Edit, then:
    • Modify the existing note, and click Save to confirm your changes.
    • Click Delete to completely remove the note.

Notes cannot be restored once you delete them.

Improve password strength

After you have added account details to Passwords, we recommend you click the Analyze passwords button on the main Passwords screen to check the security of your passwords based on how difficult they are to decipher.

If any of your passwords are deemed 'weak' or 'reused', they appear on the next screen.

Follow these steps to increase the strength and complexity of a password:

  1. Click an account tile to open the related details.
  2. Click Edit.
  3. Type a new password containing a combination of lower and uppercase letters, numbers, and special symbols into the Password box. Then click Save

Use the Passwords browser extension

Once you have installed the Passwords extension onto your internet browser, a Passwords (key) icon is visible next to the search bar in the browser. Click the key icon to access the following options:

  • Passwords: click to open the main screen of Passwords.
  • Secure notes: click to open the Secure notes section of Passwords.
  • Settings: click to open Passwords settings.
  • Website settings: adjust the following settings:
    • Autofill on this website: turn on to enable Passwords to automatically input your login details for the currently opened website.
    • Prompt to save passwords: turn on to enable Passwords to offer to save your login details each time you access a new online account.

Set up synchronization and backup

To make accessing your online accounts easier, synchronize the data stored in Avast Passwords across all of your devices using your Avast Account. For more information read the following article:

Activate Passwords premium features

Scroll to the Passwords section of the Subscription screen to view your license details.

  1. Go to Settings → Subscription.
  2. Scroll down to the Avast Passwords section, and click Insert activation code.
  3. Copy the activation code from your purchase confirmation email, paste it into the Insert Activation Code box, and click Next.
  4. Click Yes to confirm your subscription details.
  5. Click OK to close the confirmation dialog.

When the activation code is accepted, the message Your products have been activated appears.

Adjust Passwords settings

To manage your Passwords settings, go to Settings → Passwords. This tab is only visible after you set up Passwords in Privacy → Passwords.

The following options are available for Passwords:

  • Security: change your Master Password, and specify when and how often Avast prompts you for your Master Password.
  • One Touch Login (paid feature): use your mobile device to log into your online accounts. For more information read the following article:
  • Synchronization: sync your Passwords with your Avast Account so that you can use Passwords across all your devices. For more information about synchronization read the following article:
  • Browser integration: select the internet browsers that you want to use Passwords with.
  • Import passwords: import passwords from your browser or Avast EasyPass (discontinued).
  • Export password: export passwords from Avast Passwords.

Enable One Touch Login (paid feature)

One Touch Login allows you to use your Android or iOS mobile device to access Passwords installed on your Windows PC. One Touch Login is only available as the paid feature of Passwords. Instructions for setting up and using this feature can be found in the following article:

  • Avast Passwords

  • Avast Premier 17.x
  • Avast Internet Security 17.x
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 17.x
  • Avast Free Antivirus 17.x
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro /Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home / Professional / Media Center Edition

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