Top 3 Password Managers for Android [+Alternatives]

Martin Gschwentner

Whether you're a full-fledged netizen or just an occasional Internet user, the amount of accounts and passwords you have is probably growing. Like most, you're likely losing oversight of these, and, for no fault of your own, have started using the same combinations of username and password for each service that you register with. Unfortunately, few things could help data thieves and hackers more.

For smartphones in particular, where tapping out an entire username and password is frustrating and time-consuming, it's important to be able to reliably and quickly input login credentials. Saving passwords automatically in your browser helps, but doesn't do your security any favors. Enter password managers: What works so well on desktops and laptops, has also become available for mobile devices, and you won't need to sacrifice any of your digital protection to use them.

Managing Passwords on the Go: Different Approaches

Practically every password manager has responded to the demand for mobile security, offering smartphone apps in addition to their desktop clients. As the dominant mobile OS, Android is usually the most taken care of, however, a number of developers clearly cater to iOS. With that said, most apps provide nearly identical functionality and user experience to either, with the end goal being a satisfied and loyal customer base irrespective of the OS they use.

However, the approaches taken by developers when designing functional mobile versions of their desktop apps do differ. Sometimes, the mobile app is simply a copy of the desktop client, lacking only a few options or buttons here and there. For other developers, the Android app provides a completely different user experience, prioritizing mobile usability over brand uniformity.

During our evaluations, we encountered both approaches. Keep reading to find out which three mobile password managers we think are the best for Android users!

Top 3 Password Managers for Android Devices

When assessing the desktop clients of the password managers from our sample, we paid close attention to how many features each came with. For mobile apps, on the other hand, ease of use and the autofill's reliability are of greater importance.

On a desktop or laptop, poor autofill functionality isn't the end of the world, since you can just copy and paste login data with a mouse and/or keyboard. On an Android device, however, autofill is the name of the game, and its absence, or subpar performance, almost completely defeats the purpose of having a mobile password manager in the first place.

With that, we believe that the following three apps excelled at mastering the challenges we placed before them on an Android device.

1.

Dashlane

Best Overall 2021
Dashlane Password Manager Test
Dashlane Password Manager
(219,588)
high customer satisfaction
user friendly and intuitive
zero-knowledge encryption
automatic password changer
premium: built-in VPN
Dashlane is the all-rounder among the password managers, which makes the administration of your logins with many features, high security and an uncomplicated handling a minor matter.
Passwords
50 - ∞
Devices
1 - ∞
Users
1 - ∞
Dashlane Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Try for free
Best Overall
4.6 / 5
excellent

With a cumulative score of "Very Good", Dashlane was not only the top-performing password manager from our sample, it offered one of the best smartphone apps as well.

All important features from the desktop and web clients found their way over to the Android version. For instance, Password Health lets you keep tabs on the strength of all of your passwords, and, as its name implies, Password Changer lets you effortlessly and automatically alter passwords for specific online accounts, without having to log in yourself. Even the VPN, one of Dashlane's unique extras, has been integrated into the mobile app.

Dashlane's Android app offers as much functionality as its desktop and web clients do.

The app's autofill is also highly intuitive: Whenever you tap on a form field, the username and password you've saved for that particular site will automatically appear above your virtual keyboard. Should you have multiple accounts for the same website or service, you can toggle between these by tapping on the Dashlane icon. During our evaluation, autofill didn't trip up a single time in Chrome (Dashlane's mobile app does not come with an integrated browser of its own).

You also won't have to constantly enter your master password to access your vault, and can configure access to instead be granted via fingerprint scan, facial recognition, or a four-number PIN.

As such, it's plain to see why Dashlane was our favorite smartphone app for Android devices.

Review Score
4.6 / 5
07/2021
excellent
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Mobile Usage
4.7 / 5
Support
4.7 / 5
Features
4.7 / 5
Security
4.7 / 5
Installation & Usage
4.0 / 5
2.

Keeper

Keeper Password Manager Test
Keeper Password Manager
(255,374)
High customer satisfaction
Zero-Knowledge Encryption
Good business rates
14 days trial version
no free version
Keeper is one of the best password managers on the market thanks to its many features, high reliability and extensive configuration options.
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 - ∞
Keeper Security Personal
$2.92
monthly price
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Download Keeper
Review Score
4.3 / 5
good

Even though Keeper had to share second place in our evaluation with 1Password and NordPass, we found its mobile app to be slightly better than those of the other two services.

With it, you won't need to worry about losing any important features known from the desktop client. Security Check, through which you can monitor the strength of your passwords, and BreachWatch, which informs you about compromised passwords, are both offered in the Android app.

Keeper's Android app offers its users access to the same functionality they're familiar with from the desktop client.

Thanks to the integrated browser, you can easily visit websites and automatically log in using the data you've saved in your vault. Autofill also worked flawlessly when using Chrome on our devices.

As such, Keeper's Android is definitely, well, a keeper!

Review Score
4.3 / 5
07/2021
good
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Mobile Usage
4.7 / 5
Features
4.7 / 5
Security
4.3 / 5
Installation & Usage
4.0 / 5
Support
4.0 / 5
3.

LastPass

LastPass Password Manager Test
LastPass Password Manager
(257,842)
simple and intuitive interface
zero-knowledge encryption
excellent autofill performance
convenient security test
no desktop app
Without reinventing the wheel, LastPass does almost everything you'd want a password manager to do, and comes with a free version that has almost no limitations.
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
1 - ∞
Users
1 - ∞
LastPass Free
$0.00
monthly price
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30 days free trial
Review Score
4.1 / 5
good

LastPass's mobile app is intuitive and easy to use largely because the app's menu is, more or less, identical to that of the desktop version's browser extension. Most of all though, we liked that LastPass's Android app simply works, doing precisely what it's supposed to.

The service's autofill was reliable whenever a web form appeared, however, to make this a certainty, we recommend using the app's integrated browser, rather than Chrome. Even with Chrome, we only had to occasionally tap again on the login form for the LastPass icon to appear.

LastPass's Android app is a useful companion when on the go.

LastPass's Android app also comes with plenty of nifty features, such as its convenient password generator, Emergency Access, and a security dashboard, the last of which keeps you up to date as to the safety of your online accounts.

Overall, we were definitely impressed with LastPass's Android app.

Review Score
4.1 / 5
07/2021
good
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Mobile Usage
4.7 / 5
Features
4.3 / 5
Installation & Usage
4.0 / 5
Security
4.0 / 5
Support
3.7 / 5

Alternatives

Some of the mobile apps we assessed performed very well as password managers. Since we focused on how intuitive and easy to use each Android app was, this list of our top three definitely reflects some subjective preferences. A number of other password manager apps exist for Android capable of providing equally good mobile experiences. Two honorable mentions that just barely missed our top 3 are 1Password and NordPass.

Below, you can find a list of all password managers from our sample that offer Android apps:

1Password Password Manager Test
1Password Password Manager
(66,365)
zero-knowledge encryption
reliable autofill function
handy travel mode
14 days free trial
no free version
1Password's password vault is filled to the brim with features and scores with extra functionality like the travel mode, but also with excellent security and solid usability.
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 - ∞
1Password Standard
$2.99
monthly price
Visit Website »
Free 30 days trial
Review Score
4.3 / 5
good
NordPass Password Manager Test
NordPass Password Manager
(4,413)
very easy to use
flawless user interface
reliable Autofill
free version without limits
few extra features
NordPass stands out with its beautiful design and ease of use, and also scores points with a fully-fledged free version that allows you to create and synchronize an unlimited number of passwords.
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
1 - ∞
Users
1 - 5
NordPass Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
30-day money-back guarantee
Review Score
4.3 / 5
good
Bitwarden Password Manager Test
Bitwarden Password Manager
(34,792)
user-friendly applications
good security, externally tested
Self-Hosting possible
low price
unreliable AutoFill performance
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 - ∞
Bitwarden Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Review Score
4.2 / 5
good
Enpass Password Manager Test
Enpass Password Manager
(16,800)
intuitive desktop app
one-off price instead of subscription
optional cloud connection
solid features
missing 2FA
Passwords
25 - ∞
Devices
1 - ∞
Users
1 - 6
60%
Discount
Code:
EN498-31UQR
Enpass Free
$0.00
monthly price
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Review Score
4.1 / 5
good
RoboForm Password Manager Test
RoboForm Password Manager
(56,507)
zero-knowledge encryption
reliable autofill function
powerful mobile app
offline access to stored data
No 2FA in Free-Plan
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
1 - ∞
Users
1 - ∞
RoboForm Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Use for free
Review Score
4.1 / 5
good
Sticky Password Test
Sticky Password
(8,187)
Offline Sync possible
Fingerprint Scan
Easy setup
Good feature set
interface looks outdated
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
1 - ∞
Users
1 - ∞
80%
Anniversary Offer
Sticky Password Free
$0.00
monthly price
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Get 80% discount
Review Score
3.9 / 5
good
Avira Password Manager Test
Avira Password Manager
(642,166)
good free version without limits
simple and intuitive applications
excellent security
comparably few features
no password sharing
The Avira Password Manager convinces with intuitive handling, high security standards and a reliable autofill function, even if a few popular features are missing.
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 user
Avira Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Review Score
3.8 / 5
good
McAfee True Key Test
McAfee True Key
(928,569)
user-friendly dashboard
reliable autofill & saving
free version & low price
no real browser extension
no security dashboard
Passwords
15 - ∞
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 user
McAfee Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Review Score
3.7 / 5
good
Kaspersky Password Manager Test
Kaspersky Password Manager
(3,691,373)
low annual price
with Face ID and Touch ID
very intuitive and user friendly
not in all browsers
no Two-Factor-Auth
Passwords
15 - ∞
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 user
Kaspersky Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Try for free
Review Score
3.4 / 5
satisfactory

For a closer look at all password managers we evaluated, check out our comprehensive review and comparison.

Author (German Version): Martin Gschwentner
Martin Gschwentner majored in American Studies and Media Studies in Germany, the USA and France and works as a freelance editor in Paris. He is a doctoral student at the Institute for English and American Studies at the University of Paris Diderot, where he is researching the influence of money on US politics. On EXPERTE.com he writes about IT security, data protection and software for the self-employed and small businesses.
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