Google Chrome Asks Password to Unlock Login Keyring

For Ubuntu users who get problem that Google chrome asks for password to unlock the login keyring on every startup, as the picture shown below, a workaround is to set the default password store from gnome (or kwallet) keyring to chrome’s built-in.

unlock keyring

To do so, open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T for by searching for ‘terminal’ from application launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop

Input your password when it prompts and hit enter. Ubuntu 17.10 wayland need to run xhost si:localuser:root command first.


The command opens the launcher file for Google Chrome. All you need is to find out the line starts with Exec and add parameter to the value:


Save the file and done!

In addition, if you have any other Chrome app installed, their ‘.desktop’ files should also be in ‘~/.local/share/applications’ (press Ctrl+H in file browser to view hidden folders), edit them accordingly.

About ml

ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.


  1. Legit!
    16.04 LTS

  2. yep, thanks!!

  3. I have Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 64bit and your solution didn’t work for me, I still get prompted to enter the keyring password.
    Thanks anyways.

  4. This looks great and hopefully it works when I next log in. lol
    I have another issue which you may be able to help with if you are monitoring responses here.
    I noticed you have Japanese characters there in the chrome code. Does that mean you have Japanese keyboard installed and working on your ubuntu? I have it too but it just doesn’t work, in spite of following other how-to guides on the internet. At first there was an error with the language pack install but that fixed itself after a while, so everything seems set up properly but nothing happens when I switch to the Japanese keyboard, it just keeps typing in English.

  5. Nope, it’s **STILL** looking for the password. That Gnome utility has been a NUISANCE ever since it was first implemented. It NEVER works right, and the Gnome folks are too arrogant to admit it’s a failure.