Find and manage your passwords on Mac and iPhone
iCloud Keychain is an Apple first-party password manager used on Mac and iOS devices such as the iPhone. This tool stores login information for websites and applications so users can access this service faster in the future without having to re-enter account information manually each time.
Is iCloud Keychain Safe?
All user information is stored on the device and on the iCloud server via end-to-end encryption, which protects it and prevents even Apple technicians from accessing it while it is being uploaded or stored in their data centers. This additional security is possible because of the unique private key associated with the device hardware and passcode.
Although your account username and password are generally considered secure in the iCloud Keychain, and this service can speed up your access to websites and applications, it is important to remember that, with this service enabled, most websites will automatically log you in.
This can be good for you and your productivity, but it also means that other people who use your device with the same account will be given access to the same sites and applications as well. Because of this, you might want to limit iCloud to some services and log in manually the old-fashioned way.
What is the iCloud Keychain, Apple Keychain, and iOS Keychain?
The official name used for the Apple password manager is iCloud Keychain, although some people and online resources casually refer to it as the Apple Keychain, iOS Keychain, or even just the Keychain. Some settings on iOS and macOS also call iCloud Keychain as a Keychain.
There is no Keychain application because this service is part of Apple’s modern operating system on Mac computers and on corporate smart devices such as the iPhone and iPad. If you use the Keychain application, the service might be different.
How to Activate the iCloud Keychain
iCloud Keychain might already be activated on your Apple device, but if it has been turned off, you can use these steps to turn it back on. Conversely, you can also use these instructions to turn off the iCloud Keychain.
The steps to activate the iCloud Keychain are almost identical for Mac and iPhone users.
- On iPhone, open Settings. On a Mac, click the Apple logo> System Preferences.
- Tap your Apple ID or name. (If your Mac is running Mojave or earlier, you can skip to the next step.)
- Tap iCloud> Keychain.
- Tap the switch or box next to iCloud Keychain to activate the password manager.
How to Find Passwords Saved on Mac and iPhone
The method for viewing passwords on Mac and iPhone is very similar.
Find Passwords Saved on Mac
To find the Password on a Mac, open Safari, click Preferences> Password, then choose the website where you need the password.
Find Passwords Saved on the iPhone
To find the website password on the iPhone, tap Settings> Password & Account> Website & Application Password, then tap the name of the website.
From this screen, you can tap Edit or the name of the website to reset the password or delete it entirely.
If you don’t see the website you want in this list, it is possible that you chose manually not to save the login info when you first visited the site. You may also have used another password manager application or another web browser that can store data in its own settings.
Forgotten your password and username for the keychain? This information can also be useful if you need to enter account login information on devices that do not support iCloud Keychain because you can see your username and password individually by tapping each website name from the list.
What is the Keychain Password?
If your iPhone or Mac ever asked for your Keychain password, it looks like they require you to re-enter your Apple ID. Your Apple ID is the same account that was used to buy applications from the App Store and media on iTunes.
If this doesn’t work on a Mac, you might need to re-enter the password that you created for the computer itself. This can be different from your Apple ID and is used to prevent others from entering when you turn on your Mac.