Windows 11’s Chrome prompts users for Windows Hello activation, leading to user perplexity

The latest version of Google Chrome on Windows 11 and 10 is prompting users to enable Windows Hello for password protection. This notification, titled “Protect passwords with Windows Hello,” appears in the top right corner of the Chrome window. According to reports from Windows Latest, more users have been seeing this popup since August.

The purpose of this notification is to encourage users to integrate Windows Hello with Chrome, especially if they share their device with others. By enabling this feature, Chrome will utilize Windows Hello to verify the user’s identity when accessing saved passwords. It is worth noting that Chrome has supported Windows Hello integration since 2020.

Recently, Google introduced a new feature that utilizes the biometric capabilities of your PC to save and access passwords. As a result, Chrome is now reminding users to enable Windows Hello while using the browser. However, not all users are targeted with this reminder, as it seems to be limited to specific installations of Chrome.

A user shared their experience with Windows Latest, revealing a pattern they noticed. While browsing on Chrome, a popup promoting the use of Windows Hello suddenly appeared in the top right corner. The user was using Windows 11 as their operating system and had already used Windows Hello for other purposes, although not with Chrome. Furthermore, they were signed into Google on the Chrome browser.

Some users have unintentionally activated Windows Hello without double confirmation, encountering random appearances of the feature in the browser. Consequently, when attempting to access a saved password, a popup may appear stating, “Google Chrome is trying to fill your password,” prompting the user to enter their Windows Hello PIN.

This has led to confusion among users, such as one individual who regretted activating the password protection feature. They expressed frustration at having to enter their Windows PIN every time Chrome attempts to autofill passwords. Fortunately, there is a way to disable the “Google Chrome is trying to fill your password” Windows Security popup.

To turn off this popup, follow these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.
2. Type “chrome://settings/” or open Settings via the three dots menu in the Omnibox or address bar.
3. Look for “Autofill and Passwords” and navigate to Chrome’s Password Manager.
4. Alternatively, you can directly access the Password Manager by typing “chrome://password-manager/settings” in the address bar.
5. In the Password Manager, disable Windows Hello in Chrome by toggling off the “Use Windows Hello when filling passwords” option.
6. Relaunch the browser.

By doing this, you can prevent the “Google Chrome is trying to fill your password” popup from appearing. It’s important to note that using Windows Hello for password protection can greatly enhance Chrome’s security on Windows 11. If desired, you can follow the same process to enable Windows Hello for saved passwords and relaunch the browser when necessary.

In addition to the deeper integration of Windows Hello, Google has also introduced various new features to its desktop browser, including optional Windows 11 Mica support for Chrome’s tabs strip.

As of now, we have reached out to Google for a statement but have yet to receive a response from the company.

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