How to create a Bitwarden Vault entry that can be used for AutoComplete

Jack Wallen shows you how to make a Bitwarden vault entry autocomplete via the web browser extension to simplify your workflow.

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Bitwarden is one of the most powerful, flexible and easy to use password managers on the market. This version of the tool includes more features than you might use, but those features do not make Bitwarden challenging for any user of any skill level.

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One feature I use regularly with Bitwarden is AutoComplete. What this does is make it so that you can go to a site that requires username and password login credentials, click on the Bitwarden web browser extension icon, enter your master password, and then click on the Revealed input for Bitwarden to autofill both username and password.

By doing this, you don’t have to worry about typing your username or password. Of course, it’s more than easing the burden of physically straining your fingers. By not typing your password, you add another layer of security to your logins. That is win-win.

What you’ll need to create an AutoComplete vault entry

The only things you will need for this to work is a valid Bitwarden account, the web browser extension, and the credentials to be added for the new vault entry.

That is all. Let’s get to work.

How to create an autocomplete entry

The big confusion for AutoComplete entries comes through the mobile app. If you use Bitwarden on both mobile and desktop, you’ll find a bit of information that messes up the job: the Uniform Resource Identifier, which is an address used similarly to a URL.

For example, if you save an entry to your Bitwarden vault from the Android app, you’ll find the URL looks like this:

androidapp://com.bank.ecommerce.mobile

Guess what? That URI is for an Android app and not a website. That’s where the confusion occurs and why a post created from a mobile device won’t work as AutoFill in the web browser extension.

The reason for this is that the browser extension will look for a standard URL for a site. So if you go to example.com in your web browser, but the entry in Bitwarden is for androidapp://com.example.mobilethe browser extension will not see a matching entry with autocomplete.

You might think that editing the URI is the way to go. However, if you do, your mobile app won’t recognize the input.

Confused? Let me unravel this.

When using Bitwarden on mobile and desktop clients, the secret is to create a login for both the mobile app and the website. For the mobile app, your best bet is to let Bitwarden create the entry for you; otherwise you’ll have to figure out what the URI should be.

For the desktop entry, create the entry in Bitwarden, making sure to add the site’s URL as the URI. So, according to our example, we use https://example.com as the URI and make sure to add both the username and password to the input. Save that entry.

How to use the AutoComplete web browser extension

To use the AutoFill feature, point your browser at the site you want to log in to, and then click the Bitwarden extension icon on the browser’s toolbar. After successfully entering your master password, you should see the login popup for the site (Figure A).

Figure A

Our AutoComplete input is ready to use.

The reason the autocomplete input is available is that the URI in the input matches the URL of the site. If you click that entry in the Bitwarden extension popup, Bitwarden will automatically fill in both the username and password for you.

And that, my security-conscious friends, is all there is to it to make use of the very useful AutoComplete feature in Bitwarden. Once you’ve successfully integrated this into your daily routine, you’ll begin to understand one of the many reasons why password managers have become a necessity in this modern age.

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