Bitwarden rarely suggests saving a new login. Why?

I’m a new user and there is much I like about BitWarden, but I am finding that when I fill out a new login and password on a website, it does not provide me with an opportunity to save that login, so when I login, it’s gone and not saved. BitWarden support says that some website are built in a way that BitWarden does not recognize the input, but at the same time, I still have 1Password running and Keychain on the Mac and both of these pop up to ask me to save the login. So why do these work and not BitWarden? Even on BitWarden’s own website the login does not initiate a request to save from BitWarden. This seems to me to be a rather important feature of any password manager, so it mostly not working concerns me. Anyone else have this issue?

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Handling website credential saving is different for many websites, but we are always looking to improve it.

If you’re having issues with particular sites, you can report them on this GitHub issue (there is a link to report the specific site on this issue as well)

To avoid this kind of issue at all start doing this process the other way round: Do not first enter or change the password and then have it (hopefully) added to Bitwarden. You can easily avoid any problem by 1st adding or changing the password within Bitwarden and then using that information to fill in the data on the registration- or change password-page. This will even work in case that the computer crashes, restarts or switches off, that the network fails or the webserver fails while trying to update their database, etc… It takes some time to get used to it but this definitely helps a lot.

I’m finding that most sites do not work with BitWarden, including BitWarden.com. I get that the workaround is to fill out any new logins in BitWarden and then apply it, but it is a little counterintuitive and odd to me that the other apps have no issue with doing this. What is BitWarden missing?

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Ironically this happens on the Bitwarden community signup page as well. :joy:

I submitted it via the github post above but I agree. Lastpass was pretty good at this but I haven’t seen BW pick one up yet.

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Interesting. I find that most sites I interact with DO work with Bitwarden. Just curious, what OS and browser do you use? On Windows 10 and Firefox, the only issue I have is with login popup windows; otherwise, BW recognizes pretty much every site I have to log in to.

I jumped on BitWarden with high hopes about it being my new password manager, and I really appreciate all the work put into it and of course the price is great at $0, but for me, there are too many problematic issues, so I have to go back to 1Password. I will keep my eye on it and see what it’s like in a year.

I dig. I’m coming from LastPass and have found Bitwarden to be better for me. I guess my needs just luckily jive with the features and functionality of BW. Still, I’ve heard nothing but good things about 1Password. Whatever does the job!

Sorry to chime in late on this thread, but in case others encounter the same problem in the future and are reading this, I wanted to add something important.

If you are using the Bitwarden browser extension and you want it to automatically add new logins/passwords, you must make sure that you are logged in on the extension and your vault is unlocked before you begin. It is very easy to overlook this and may explain many of the instances where BW is not prompting to add new logins.

I could swear there was a microformat for login and reset forms Microformats - HTML: HyperText Markup Language | MDN :confused: or some other kind of largely unused standard.

Found this though, if only more people did their research

https://hiddedevries.nl/en/blog/2018-01-13-making-password-managers-play-ball-with-your-login-form