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Pro Tip: How to use iCloud Keychain as a free password manager

The iPad, iPhone, and Mac have a free password manager called iCloud Keychain. iCloud Keychain is built right into the iOS and macOS, that stores all of your sensitive logins with encryption and biometric authentication that syncs across all of your Apple devices.

How to use iCloud Keychain as a password manager through iOS

  1. Open Settings

  2. Tap Passwords

  3. Continue with your TouchID

  4. Tap different URLs or applications to view its correlating username, password, and security recommendations.

You can also change passwords under security recommendations or delete the password from your iCloud Keychain altogether. Deleting the password will not effect your data from it's original site or your account within that site.

How to use iCloud Keychain as a password manager on macOS

Unless you've already enabled keychain on macOS, this is how to initially set it up to view your passwords.

  1. Open System Preferences

  2. Click Apple ID

  3. Click iCloud

  4. Check Keychain

  5. Enter your Apple ID and password

  6. Enter a 6-digit verification code used to set up Keychain on another device

  7. Click Next

  8. Enter the security code again

  9. Enter a reliable phone number that can receive text messages. This will be used to check your identify whenever you access keychain.

  10. Click Done

Viewing your passwords on macOS

  1. Launch Safari

  2. Click Preferences under the Safari drop-down menu on the top left

  3. Click Passwords

  4. Enter your Mac password (this is not your Apple ID password)

  5. A list of accounts and URLs will be listed on the left side of the menu. You can now click any of these sources to view the account's username and password.


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