Tweak Firefox's Password Saver Without An Extension
 

I was recently using Firefox and came across another site that I couldn’t store my password for. I got a little frustrated and said to myself “there has to be a way to fix that”. So I then started to search Google for ways to force Firefox to remember my passwords on more sites.

I finally came across a bookmarklet that would remove the autocomplete=”off” from the form fields on the page. It worked on all of the sites that I wanted it to, my bank account, email accounts, etc…! It was so great that I thought I better share with you the 10 second process of setting this up (without needing to install an extension to do it).

  1. Bookmark this link: Password Saver. To bookmark the link just right-click on it and select “Bookmark This Link…”.
  2. The next time you find a site that won’t remember your password just click on the bookmark. It will then remove all instances of autocomplete=”off”.
  3. Type your username and password into the site and press submit.
  4. That’s all! You should now be prompted to let Firefox remember your password.

Unfortunately this does not work on every site, but it has worked on all that I have tried. The most popular sites that this is used for are Hotmail and Yahoo. This one definitely earns its place in my bookmark toolbar.

There Are 134 Comments

  1. youre my hero, this worked great!!

  2. Didn’t work. When I clicked on the bookmark it took me to a Yahoo page with a 500 Internal Server Error

  3. I don’t know why it didn’t work for you. I have verified and the link works fine.

    -Ryan

  4. Nice! But my browser is Safari. Anyone reading this on a Mac know enough js to do this for Safari? TIA!

  5. Sorry, but I don’t have a Mac to try and figure it out.

    -Ryan

  6. Works great on Firefox! I never liked websites telling me what was safe and what was not. I am the only person who has access to my computer, so there is no reason to not have my browser remember my passwords.

    I would love a Safari one as well.

  7. I’m trying to use this tip, especially for Yahoo. I guess I’m stuck at your instruction #1 !!. It says to “Bookmark this link”. How does one bookmark a link? I know how to bookmark a page, but doing that to this cybernetnews page does nothing for me. And when I click on the link “Password Saver” in your #1 line, all it does is give me a popup like you show at top. Can’t seem to find the correct thing I am supposed to be bookmarking. HELP a computer dummy, please.

  8. My god, I can’t tell you how happy I am that I don’t have to log into Yahoo a million times everyday. You’re my hero.

  9. To bookmark the link just right-click on it and select “Bookmark This Link…”.

    -Ryan

  10. Didn’t work. When I clicked on the bookmark it took me to a Yahoo page with a 500 Internal Server Error, with firefox. but worked with IE but what goood is that

  11. Didn’t work. When I clicked on the bookmark it took me to a Yahoo page with a 500 Internal Server Error, with firefox. but worked with IE but what goood is that. …UPDATE… if you use “NO SCRIPT” make sure you allow the site then it works

  12. Yes, No Script would definitely cause problems since this needs javascript in order to run. Sorry I forgot to mention that.

    -Ryan

  13. I have used this in Safari, and it works.

  14. Very good and useful.

  15. Works wonderfully!

  16. Anyone figured out a way to get this to work on a Windows CE device? Internet Explorer on there is being.. problematic. Or, any version of Internet Explorer for that matter…
    Thanks!
    Jason

  17. fine, but doesn’t work on a page with frames. I don’t understand javascript enough to adapt the code.
    Can you help me ?
    here’s the url : [ibpl.massifcentral.banquepopulaire.fr]

    thank’s

  18. Looking at the code on that page reveals that this trick will not work. It only works for certain sites.

  19. Ryan wrote:
    Looking at the code on that page reveals that this trick will not work. It only works for certain sites.

    too bad !!
    thanks for looking.

  20. No problem, I always try to help. :D

  21. Works great, thanks!!!

  22. Is the ‘Password Saver’ Link broken? I get a ’404′ when I clicked it

  23. thanks for this! I was looking for something to make mail.live.com work in FF but this is a great substitute. Thanks again!

  24. It’s not a link, you need to right-click on it and create a bookmark from it.

  25. Unbelievably simple. Thanks. :)

  26. Mike wrote:
    Unbelievably simple. Thanks. :)

    No problem. I believe there is also a Greasemonkey script that does the same thing and requires even less thought, but for the few times I need to use it I find this bookmarklet to be perfect.

  27. Thanks. This works on the password field of my bank, but not on the username field…

  28. That must be a quirk of the website, and there’s nothing you can do to make Firefox recognize it.

  29. Seriously, is this safe? Can someone illustrate to me the code, so I know this is not sending my passwords to somewhere I don’t want them to be?!

  30. This is completely safe. Certain sites, such as banks, just want to block users from storing passwords in case their computer is stolen, or someone gets unauthorized access to it. As long as you feel comfortable storing the password it is okay.

  31. Hi, can you tell me why it won’t work on [mydouglas.douglas.bc.ca] And if “Password saver” won’t work, what will?
    Thanks.

  32. Maybe it’s got to do with Javascript.

  33. jc wrote:
    Hi, can you tell me why it won’t work on [mydouglas.douglas.bc.ca]…..me/loginf? And if “Password saver” won’t work, what will?
    Thanks.

    No, it won’t work with that. It looks like they took some additional steps to make it difficult for the browser to remember the password.

  34. Ryan, so what can we do for that mydouglas.douglas.bc.ca site?

  35. hanz wrote:
    Ryan, so what can we do for that mydouglas.douglas.bc.ca site?

    You would probably have to use a specialized form filler (like RoboForm) for it to work, and even still I’m not sure if they’ll be able to pick up on it.

  36. Finally, worked like a charm on Verizon, who chg’d their webpage over a year ago to make their customer experience more miserable, incredibly, I didn’t think it could get much worse…
    …and by the way, Safari absolutely sucks. Use firefox.

  37. You My SIR A HERO !!! Thank you :)

  38. works great thanks

  39. U DA MAN

    Finally something that works for my ameritrade site.

    THANKS

  40. Wayyy too cool for school! I love to “beat the system.” Something this simple should not have been so inaccessible to everyone. Great job!

  41. this is tidbit helped me get rid of that frustrating issue.

    thanks a bunch!

  42. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME

    Thank you SO MUCH.
    Made my day!

  43. Freakin’ awesome. I’ve had this issue with Hotmail for what seems like eons. Thanks a ton.

  44. Not working with most sites I use anymore. Using Firefox 3, if that makes a difference now. Perhaps someone can look at this and see if it needs an update to work with new sites.

    Its really stupid in the first place that web site owners can decide whether YOU can save YOUR password for their site on YOUR own computer.

  45. Yeah I had the same problem with this not working with FF3, so I googled for a bit and came across this: [dailygyan.com]

    Seems to work just fine for now.

  46. Thanks for sharing, but it still does not work with some sites as Amazon or Paypal for examples. :(

  47. Is there any way I can have Firefox save my password “without” it asking me if I want it to?

    Thank you,
    Tyler

  48. Try this out it worked for me even on pay pal

    [cybernetnews.com]

    dbc

  49. Tyler wrote:
    Is there any way I can have Firefox save my password “without” it asking me if I want it to?

    Thank you,
    Tyler

    I did this to my firefox. It automatically saves any password and writes the contents of submitted forms that contain password fields to a text file. I think it would be frowned upon to release something like this, though… the wrong people would use it in the wrong ways.

  50. This is not safe. This guy is collecting peoples’ password. Don’t follow the instruction.

  51. Thank you Google and thank you very much sir. Just what I needed!
    - Avi

  52. Net Police wrote:
    This is not safe. This guy is collecting peoples’ password. Don’t follow the instruction.

    Um, okay. It’s a JavaScript bookmarklet… if you don’t trust the code learn JavaScript and look at it yourself.

  53. So simple, exactly what I needed. Thanks Ryan.
    Just curious, why does it nullify onsubmits? just turning autocompletes on does the job (at least for the one site i tested it on).

  54. excellent!!!! :mrgreen:

  55. Hey dood…i got the password saver set up….and its saving my passwords….i go into tools/options/security/saved passwords…and they are all in there. But how do i use them? a keystroke? abutton?an add on?Any and all info would greatly be appreciated.

  56. Brandon wrote:
    Hey dood…i got the password saver set up….and its saving my passwords….i go into tools/options/security/saved passwords…and they are all in there. But how do i use them? a keystroke? abutton?an add on?Any and all info would greatly be appreciated.

    When you start typing in the username Firefox should automatically complete it for you, and once you press the tab key it should fill in the password.

  57. On fasttrak.com, if I run the bookmarklet, it causes the login to give a weird error about captcha being not correct.

  58. It doesn’t work on hotmail:

    did anyone try – I used this link

    [login.live.com]

    DOESN’T WORK — any other BOOKMARKLET FOR THIS ??????

    • yeah mate it does work

    • Yes it worked for me. If you followed the directions from Ryan you saved the link to your bookmarks, then after you go to login.live.com click on the link you bookmarked (password saver,) fill out your login info and then click submit and firefox will ask you if you want to save the password. You just have to remember to click the password saver link you bookmarked before you log in, I know it works because I just tried it.

  59. Thanks a lot…this is soooo helpful. I can be even lazier now!!! ;)

  60. Works with delicious.com too!

    (The delicious login screen never ‘remembered me on this computer’ like it promised to, even if I elected to stay signed in by ticking the tick box – until now.

    Many thanks. You’re a star!

  61. thanks! that was easy.. great!

  62. thanks! It’s been soo frustrating not being able to save my passwords on yahoo so I tried this and after I clicked the link I saved in my bookmarks and logged into yahoo firefox sure did ask me if I wanted to save my password!! Thanks alot for sharing.

  63. thank-you, works great

  64. Thanks alot. This save me a lot of time ;-)

  65. ok so im not very smart when it comes to this computer stuff but heres my? i use firefox and i have went thru every step for it to save passwords, well when i go to the security part and click on saved passwords, theres nothing there, the little box comes up for me to search, what do i search website, username???? also when i start typing something in to search the magnafying glass turns into and x….PLZ HELP!!!!!!

  66. Really I was upset with yahoo mail…cos my id is too long…..this certainly helps me a now.Thanks to that gr8 programmer and whoever posted this link.

  67. Ryan, you posted this 3 years ago and its still helping people! Thank you! You’re too clever…

  68. Thanks for this old trick, now I can get into my email much faster.

  69. I have but one forum (vB) that always used to autoload my un and pw but suddenly stopped doing it. All my other forums still autoload. I tried this but the pop-up says “Removed autocomplete=off from 0 forms and from 0 form elements, and removed onsubmit from 0 forms. After you type your password and submit the form, the browser will offer to remember your password.” But it doesn’t. Any suggestions?

    Many thanks
    D

  70. I am using a SMF forum (Simple Machines) and it doesn’t seem to work on this forum… Any ideas? It did save my password, but then I deleted it as I got a new account, and now Firefox won’t ask to save my password anymore, even with this bookmarklet.

  71. Any Idea how to get this to work for webkinz for my 5 year old???

  72. Great feature, have been wanting this for ages, now decided to look! Thanks!!!

  73. Worked like a charm on Firfox 3.5 and Windows 7. Thanks for the tip!! It was especially annoying because this particular website used to let you save passwords.

  74. nicely done without a extension, just like how google chrome couldn’t use extension, so there’s tweaks like this, bookmark then click to remove AD or etc..

  75. Works like a charm w/FF 3.6, just too bad it took me so long to find this tip.

    Thank you!

  76. Is there any way to UNDO it? Not only it didn’t work for and MS Exchange outlook website, also I’m not able to log in any more!

  77. Dosent work for Hotmail. It indeed saves the password, but you still have to type it in everytime >.>

  78. Worked beautifully on shutterfly.com. Thanks!

  79. Worked like a charm…THANKS!

  80. Brilliant!!!!!! Thank you so much for posting this and or creating it. Worked perfectly.

  81. Worked well for a page that had a “submit” button but I’ve got another page that has a “revalidate” button so it doesn’t save. Gotta work-around for that?

    Many thanks

  82. Firefox 3.6.2 saved at my bank site but did not fill in when I opened the sign on page???

  83. this is crap i dont know how to bookmark my page where do you find it

  84. Thanks! This works great!

  85. you are a super hero – THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

  86. Perfect for sites that are of no security concern but still insists to force the browser to ignore the login. Does not do it for all sites, but every bit helps, saves a bit of a headache sometimes, ha.

    Thank you. (c:

  87. This appears not to work on Flash based sites.

  88. Wow this still works!! Thanks a million… easiest instructions yet.

    For all the users that don’t understand how to bookmark:

    When in doubt… *right-click*

  89. After Doing this it was showing the tab with “remember,never for this site,not now” Appeared n i clicked not for this site is it right…..

    Thanx…..Danny

  90. Worked a treat! do you have a similar work around for chrome?

  91. excellent tip. Do you know how i can drag this bookmarklet unto the main toolbar. Because i loathe and detest the bookmark bar, it takes up too much space. How do i make this a button on the standard ff toolbar? or appear in the palette when you hit customize toolbar?

  92. Thanks a lot. Works great!

  93. does anyone have a similar workaround for Chrome? The only way I’ve been able to make this work in Chrome is use password saver in FF for all my websites, and then import saved passwords from FF into Chrome. It usually works, but would be so much easier just to have it work directly from Chrome

  94. Blimey! That’s fantastic it WORKS!!!! So simple! Many thanks for that super tip! Not sure about Chrome, but it worked great for Firefox. Right I am off to force Firefox to remember some passwords. Cheers mate!

  95. How do I remove this and get my browser to work normally again?

  96. That worked great! Thanks! So simple after all the hassle.

  97. This worked as promised, but now my browser (Firefox 5) will not remember to NOT prompt me to save passwords on sites. I can visit a site a dozen times and tell it “don’t prompt me to save this password” and it forgets every time.

    How do I remove this and roll back to how it was before? This is more annoying than the original issue!

  98. THANK YOU! I kept trying and having problems but this solved everything :D

  99. oh god thank you!!!

  100. DOES NOT WORK ON NEWER FIREFOX 10!

  101. Thank you so much, you have save me a lot of time (typing password) and frustration.

  102. Thank you Very very much!!!

  103. This worked perfectly for me, even on Firefox 10

  104. Awesome!! Thanks so much!!

  105. doesn’t work on pornhub

  106. Big ups for this tweak Ryan! Works great!
    I did get an invalid password on the initial login right after running your script so I thought it was broken, but after saving and replaying, it works every time after that.

  107. You Rock Dude…I appreciate the info. This works great… Thanks

  108. Thank you, this works wonderfully and saves us a lot of where-did-i-leave-that-email-with-the-password !

  109. HA! I have Firefox Mozilla and when I click ‘save on your web site… it doesn’t save the web site: it saves YOUR web site, so it doesn’t even work on Firefox.

  110. Hi!
    This tool not work at [asugf.mos.ru]

  111. Worked great for me on the site or two I needed it to work on. Thank you.

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