How to Set Up Autofill in Google Chrome

By James T. Cains

Ever get tired of typing in your contact information over and over again? Wouldn’t it be great someone, somewhere, figured out how to automatically fill in that data for you? Hey, wait! Someone already did!

Autofill has been a part of the browser experience for a long time; yet, somehow, it remains one of those features that you just don’t think about that often and may never think to use, unless someone points it out to you. Autofill enables you to store certain data — such as your name, address, telephone number, and so on — in your browser, which you can then use to automatically fill in forms you come across online.

This handy feature doesn’t come without its risks, though. With Google Chrome, you can store not only your contact information — and the contact info of others — but you can also store credit card numbers, including the card’s expiration date and CVV code. Although Google does everything it can to protect that information, you still may want to think twice about storing your information, the information of others, and your credit card information on your computer — especially on a work computer, which your IT department has unlimited access to.

To set up Autofill to automatically populate your information in online forms, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Chrome button in the upper-right corner of the browser.

  2. Choose Settings. The Settings page appears.

  3. Scroll all the way down and click Show Advanced Settings.

  4. Scroll further until you see Passwords and Forms.

  5. Click the Manage Autofill Settings link.

  6. To input your contact information, click the Add New Street Address button. The dialogue box in Figure 1 displays.

  7. Fill in the information you want to store. All of it is optional, so it’s up to you how much information you want available for Autofill.

  8. Click OK.

    Figure 1: Storing your contact information for Autofill in Google Chrome.

    Figure 1: Storing your contact information for Autofill in Google Chrome.

Source: Google

You can store any number of different addresses. For example, if you purchase items for work and have them delivered to your office, then you can store that particular information. If you occasionally use your work computer to purchase personal items and have them shipped to your home, you can store that secondary address as well.