Google Chrome usually allows you to save your credit or debit card details when you add a form online. However, these little prompts are pretty easy to overlook. Also, Chrome may not always let you decide whether to save your information online or offline. So waiting for the browser to prompt you to save your card details won’t cut it.
But don’t worry – you can always add your credit card information directly yourself. That way, you have full control over what gets synced across your devices and what stays locally. Additionally, you can edit or remove old payment methods quite easily. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at how you can do all this in more detail.
Add Credit Cards to Chrome
Chrome offers two ways to save credit card information. You can add your card details to Google Pay; this will make them available in Chrome on all your devices as long as you are signed in to the browser with a Google Account. Or you can choose to save your credit cards locally, which means you can only access them from the device you added them on in the first place.
Save Credit Cards to Google Pay and Sync with Chrome
Adding your credit card information to Google Pay is incredibly useful if you want your cards to sync across devices. Start by going to the Google Payments Center web portal using Chrome on your desktop, Android or iOS device.
Once in the Google Payment Center, switch to the Payment Methods tab and then click or tap on Add Payment Method. You can then enter your credit or debit card information. After that, click or tap on Save.
Saved payment methods appear in Chrome when you encounter a form that requires you to fill out credit card details. However, in order for your credit card details to be available on all your devices, you must have the ‘Payment methods and addresses using Google Pay’ sync option enabled in Chrome.
If you disabled it, go to Chrome Settings > Sync & Google Services > Manage Sync to turn it back on.
Save Credit Cards Locally in Chrome
If you don’t use Chrome on multiple devices or are uncomfortable with storing your cards online in Google Pay, saving and keeping them on one device will do the trick.
Click or tap Payment Methods in Chrome Settings on your desktop or Android device to add and save your credit or debit card details locally.
Click Add or Add Card, add your payment details, and then click or tap Save. Then Chrome suggests your credit cards when you come across a payment form online. If you also have card information saved in Google Pay, you’ll see all recommendations in the same list.
Chrome on iOS doesn’t have a direct option that lets you save credit card details locally. As a workaround, you can turn off Chrome Sync (Chrome Settings > Sync and Google Services > Sync Your Chrome Data), fill in the details online in a real form and then save the details when prompted. This should force the browser to store the information on the device itself.
Editing or Deleting Credit Cards in Chrome
Old credit card information, redundant information, and duplicate entries give you ample reason to edit or delete saved credit card information. The operation will depend on where the card details are stored – offline in Google Pay or Chrome itself.
Edit/Delete Credit Cards in Google Pay
To edit or delete credit card information stored in Google Pay, you must go to the Google Payment Center. Once there, simply tap Edit or Remove to edit or delete your credit or debit cards.
Edit/Delete Locally Stored Credit Cards
To edit or delete locally stored card details, go to the Payment Methods panel in Chrome Settings. Locally stored payment information has no ‘Google Pay’ label, making them easy to identify.
On desktops, click on the three dots icon listed next to the details and then click Edit or Remove as desired. On Android, simply tap the entry; then you can edit or remove the information. On iOS, tap an entry to edit it or swipe left if you want to delete it.
Time to Go Shopping
Chrome’s ability to autofill credit and debit cards is incredibly useful and a huge time saver if you regularly shop online. That’s why keeping your payment details up to date while removing outdated information is vital to a smooth experience. Weigh the pros and cons of keeping your cards online or offline and you should be fine.
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