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What is iCloud Keychain and How To Use it

If you’re unfamiliar with iCloud Keychain, it’s a way to store all of your logins, passwords, credit card details and personal information across all of your iOS devices.

It seems like we need some kind of password or login for every website we visit. If you’re trying to stay secure you probably have loads of passwords and if you don’t have unique passwords and are using the same ones for every site you’re taking a big risk.

iCloud Keychain makes it possible to create and save all of your password and login information, as well as store credit card details and personal information, like a home address and phone number, so you can quickly add them to fill-in-forms without having to type in all the information every time.

Skip to the bottom for a video walkthrough of iCloud Keychain.

How To Enable iCloud Keychain in iOS

In order to access iCloud Keychain across all of your devices you’ll need to enable it.

1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Tap on the Apple ID banner.

3. Tap on iCloud.

iCloud Keychain

4. Scroll and tap on Keychain.

5. Toggle the iCloud Keychain switch on.

6. Enter your Apple ID password if requested.

Enable Keychain

If you have previously set up an iCloud Keychain password you’ll be prompted to enter it. Otherwise you will be asked to create one. You also have the option to verify with another device. Either way you decide to finalize you account, your iPad and iPhone will be ready to store important info more securely.

How To Create Passwords in iCloud Keychain

If you don’t know this already, you should NEVER use the same password for more than one website and trying to remember all those passwords is maddening. This means you might have dozens or in my case hundreds of passwords across off of your accounts. Creating a unique password for each site can be difficult, let iCloud Keychain create them for you.

1. Launch Safari from your iPhone or iPad.

2. Navigate to the website you want to create a Login.

3. Select the Password field of the account creation form.

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4. Tap Suggest Password lower left corner above the keyboard.

5. When the randomly suggested password appears, tap Use Suggested Password.

Random Passwords

Manually Adding Your Personal Info to iCloud Keychain

You can use iCloud Keychain to auto fill your contact information. You must create a contact card with your personal information, including address, email, and phone number.

1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Scroll and Tap Safari.

3. Tap AutoFill.

AutoFill

4. Tap My Info.

5. Select your Contact Card from the list of contacts.

Contact Card

 

The information in AutoFill will be updated every time you update your contact card.

Note: You can also manually add credit card information into iCloud Keychain. Follow the directions above, then tap on Saved Credit Cards. You’ll be prompted for your password and then you’ll be able to add your credit card information, either manually or with your iPhone or iPad camera.

How To Access Passwords in iCloud Keychain

If a website doesn’t allow you to use the handy AutoFill feature, you can still access your login information via the Setttings app.

1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Scroll and Tap Safari.

3. Tap Passwords.

Keychain Passwords

4. Use Touch ID if prompted to sign in to see your passwords.

5. Tap on the Login Details of the website you want the password for.

6. Long press on the password to call up the copy options.

7. Tap Copy to copy the password.

Copy password

 

If your list of passwords is extremely long, you can use the search bar at the top of the passwords page.

Deleting Saved Passwords from iCloud Keychain

1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Scroll and Tap Safari.

3. Tap Passwords.

Keychain Passwords

4. Use Touch ID if prompted.

5. Tap the login details for the website you want to remove the password.

6. Tap Edit in the upper right hand corner.

delete password

7. Tap the red Circle next to the website name.

8. Tap on Delete.

delete password

The password for that website will be removed from iCloud Keychain and will be unavailable on the website.

Questions?

If you have any questions about iCloud Keychain how to set it up or using it. Leave a comment below and I’ll try and help you out.

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