5 best password managers for Android
In today's world of insecurity, we need to do everything possible to keep our accounts secure. For the end user, that security begins and ends with the password (with a little 2FA caught in the middle). Without a strong password, it's not a matter of if, but when, your account will be hacked. To put hacking off as long as possible, very strong passwords are encouraged.
But how do you remember such long and complicated passwords? You don't. You entrust those random strings of characters to a password manager. For the Android platform, there are plenty of tools that serve this purpose. I've cobbled together my list of the five best in this category to share with you. Each was tested on Android Pie or Android Q, but are available for most recent releases of Android.
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Enpass is my password manager of choice? Why? Because it does a great job of syncing between all of my devices (it's available for Android as well as Linux, iOS, macOS, Windows, and web) and offers all the features I need to keep my strong passwords safe.
Enpass can create new login entries, has one of the best random password generators on the market (Figure A), includes password audit tools, can be unlocked via fingerprint, allows you to tag entries as favorites, includes a tagging system and categories, and much more. The import/export feature allows you to easily integrate Enpass with Dropbox and other cloud services, so you always have a backup of your data file (that also is encrypted). Enpass can be used for free, but the free version is limited to the number of entries. For unlimited access, Enpass is $11.99 USD (one-time fee).
The LastPass password manager is another fine tool for the job. Although LastPass doesn't include a user-friendly import/export tool (as does Enpass), if you're looking for your first-ever password manager (one that you'll use to start creating new logins), this might be the tool for you. One of the many reasons LastPass finds its way onto this list is because it also includes outstanding browser plugins, that make tasks like autofill and quick login entries a no-brainer. LastPass also includes a Form Fill profile tool (Figure B), which allows you to save information (name, address, language, title, username, etc) for when a website works with autofill. You can create multiple autofill profiles, so you can pick and choose which one to use at any given time.
1Password is another paid password manager on Android, which earns its fee. You pay either $3.99 monthly or $35.99 annually to enjoy this user-friendly, well-designed tool. You can also kick the tires with a 30-day free trial. Once you create your account, you will be given what 1Password calls an Emergency Kit. This is a long string of characters used to sign in from new devices. Without this "kit" you cannot sign into your account from any device, other than your mobile. Make sure to copy and save that string and keep it in a safe place. 1Password includes a fairly standard feature set: Fingerprint unlock, autofill, accessibility, categories, tags, favorites, security audit tools (called Watchtower - Figure C), multiple account support, and much more. Although the interface is very well designed, it does take a quick minute to get the lay of the land. New login entries are created from within the Categories tab, so make sure to familiarize yourself with the user interface, before diving into creating entries.
Keeper Password Manager
Keeper Password Manager includes a feature that many consumers will appreciate, called BreachWatch, which monitors for stolen usernames and passwords. With a quick tap of the BreachWatch button (Figure D), Keeper compares your stored logins with known databases of stolen passwords and usernames. Keeper also allows you to add attachments to entries (such as photos, videos, or other files). You can also add custom fields to entries (which are already fairly inclusive). In addition, Keeper includes a very solid password generator, which allows you to adjust the number of letters, numbers, and special characters, to create as strong a password as needed. Like the above entries in this list, Keeper isn't free. To make use of this password manager, you'll be paying $29.99 per year.
It's time we included a free entry. Dashlane might not have all the features found on the paid apps, but it does have enough to satisfy most users. With Dashlane you can store passwords, IDs, and payment information. Although the app is free, you do still have to create an account (also free).
Dashlane does include a unique feature (that I'm not sure I'd recommend) that stores your most-used password. To those who rely on very strong security, this could be considered a weakness, and should probably be avoided. Dashlane makes it incredibly easy to add password entries for popular sites (Figure E). One other caveat is that you must manually set up a PIN code or Fingerprint access to secure the app. Out of the box, you are not prompted for either of these (upon the first run), so make certain you set this feature up (otherwise anyone who has access to your phone will have access to your login information).
Make your choice
And there you have it, my entries for best Android password manager on the market. Any of these options will do a fine job of helping you create and protect strong passwords for your login accounts. It's time you made the choice to be better protected.