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What is Apple Keychain? How to view Wifi passwords, websites, … with Keychain


Apple Keychain (Key Chain) also known as iCloud Keychain password management service for Apple devices provided by Apple itself. You can use it to store and retrieve website usernames and passwords, app logins, and even credit card details on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices.

By using iCloud Keychain, you No need to remember any of your login information because Keychain will automatically fill in the login information for you. Additionally, it synchronizes your saved information across all of its devices via iCloud. In this way, passwords saved on iPhone can be used on Mac and vice versa.

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What data does iCloud Keychain store?

iCloud Keychain stores the following personal and confidential information securely:

  • Username, password for your website and apps.
  • Your credit card details but no security code.
  • Passwords of all WiFi networks you have ever connected.
  • Electronic Signature.

iCloud Keychain asks for your consent while storing certain types of passwords in its database.

Use Keychain to review the connected Wifi passwords

I have been using the Mac for a very long time, over 4 years and many times I have had to ask the help of Keychain to review the WiFi password connected on macOS as well as on iOS from my iPhone. Since both of these devices use them with one iCloud account, all data stored in one device will also be synced to another device, very convenient.

Leave Apple’s iCloud Keychain to see your saved WiFi password by opening the Keychain from Spotlight search. Then enter Wifi name that you want to check password.

wifi password

Open the Wifi name you need to see >> Click the box Show Password.

wifi password

Enter the Mac account name including USER and Password in use.

wifi password

Immediately, you will see the Wifi password information entered earlier.

How to use Apple iCloud Keychain on iPhone / iPad

To use iCloud Keychain on iOS devices, you first need to enable the feature, then you can save and access its content.

Turn on iCloud Keychain on iPhone / iPad

You must be signed in to the same Apple account on the iPhone that you use on other devices to sync your Keychain content.

Step 1. Launch the application Setting on iPhone, then tap on your name in the next screen.

Launch the Settings app on iPhone

Step 2. Click the option icloud to manage your iCloud account settings.

manage iCloud account settings

Step 3. Scroll down and tap on options Keychain.

Click on the Keychain option

Step 4. Turn on options iCloud Keychain.

Turn on the iCloud Keychain option

See passwords stored in your Keychain on your iPhone / iPad

If you have your login details saved in your iCloud Keychain, you can access this information right from your iOS device like an iPhone or iPad.

Step 1. Open the application Setting on your iPhone, then scroll down and tap Passwords & Accounts (Password & Account).

Password & Account on iphone

Step 2. Click on the option Website & App Passwords (Website & App Passwords) at the top of your screen.

Site & App Password

Step 3. Verify your identity using Touch ID or Face ID.

Verify your identity using Touch ID or Face ID

Step 4. You will see all the login information you ever saved in your Keychain. Click on a website in the list to view its login information.

You will see both the username and password for that site on the next screen.

Add personal info & credit card details to Keychain

iCloud Keychain allows you to manually add information to your Keychain. In this way, you can store both your personal information as well as your credit card details in this service. You can then access this data on any of your devices with iCloud.

Step 1. You open the application Setting on iPhone then tap on option Safari under.

Click on the Safari option

Step 2. Click AutoFill (Auto-fill) in section General (General).

Click AutoFill.

Step 3. Next, click on the option My Info (My Info) to add your personal information.

Add your personal info on iphone

Step 4. Select your contact card to add your personal information to Keychain. Then click Saved Credit Card (Credit card saved).

Select your contact card to add your personal information to Keychain

Step 5. Confirm your identity using Touch ID or Face ID.

Confirm your identity

Step 6. Continue to click Add Credit Card (Add credit card).

Add a credit card on the iphone

Step 7. Enter your credit card details and your card will be added to Keychain.

Enter your credit card details

How to use iCloud Keychain on a Mac

On a Mac, you can use iCloud Keychain to store, retrieve, and even generate passwords for your online accounts. There is an option to manually add data to your keychain.

1. Activate iCloud Keychain on the Mac

You don’t need any apps or anything similar to activate iCloud Keychain on your Mac.

Step 1. Click the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen and select System Preferences (Optional system).

select System Preferences.

Step 2. Click icloud on the next screen.

Click iCloud on the next screen

Step 3. In the right-hand pane, you will see the services used with your iCloud account. Check the box Keychain and Keychain will be activated on your Mac.

services to be used with the iCloud account

2. Access iCloud Keychain password on Mac

There are 2 ways that you can access your Keychain content on a Mac computer. You can use a web browser or a built-in application to view your saved username and passwords.

Use Keychain access

Step 1. Click Launchpad in the Dock, search Keychain Access and open it.

Use Keychain access

Step 2. You will see all the content saved in your keychain.

Use Safari

Step 1. Launch Safari on your Mac.

Use Safari

Step 2. Click the menu Safari at the top and select Preferences (Option).

Safari menu at the top and select Preferences

Step 3. Click the tab Passwords (Password).

the Passwords tab.

Step 4. Enter your Mac password and click Enter.

Enter your Mac password

Step 5. You will have access to your saved Keychain password.

access to the Keychain password

3. Use iCloud Keychain Data in Safari on Mac

Before Safari can autofill fields on different websites from your Keychain data, you need to enable the keychain option in this browser on your Mac.

Step 1. Open the browser Safari on your Mac, then tap on options Safari at the top and select Preferences.

Open the Safari browser on your Mac

Step 2. Select the tab AutoFill (Auto-fill) on the next screen.

Step 3. You will see several checkboxes on your screen. Check the information you want Safari to autofill for you from iCloud Keychain.

choose the information you want Safari to autofill

Automatically generate passwords using Keychain in Safari

One lesser known feature of iCloud Keychain is that it allows you to automatically generate strong passwords for your online accounts. This way, you do not need to create the password manually.

The password that this feature generates will be automatically saved in iCloud Keychain.

Step 1. Open the browser Safari on your Mac.

Open the Safari browser on your Mac

Step 2. Open the website where you want to create a new account. This can be any website of your choice.

Step 3. When you’re on the website, click in the password field and Safari will automatically suggest it. Click this password to add it to the password field.

click the password field and Safari will automatically suggest it

Step 4. If Safari doesn’t provide a password, click the key icon in the password field and select Suggest New Password (Suggest a new password).

Click the key icon in the password field and select Suggest New Password

Manually add credit card to Keychain

Like the iPhone, you can manually add a credit card to iCloud Keychain from your Mac.

Step 1. Open Safari on your Mac. Then choose Safari => Preferences the top of the screen.

Step 2. Select the tab AutoFill on the next screen. Continue to click Edit next Credit cards.

Manually add credit card to Keychain

Step 3. Click the button Add at the bottom to add a new credit card to iCloud Keychain.

Add a new credit card to iCloud Keychain

Step 4. Enter your credit card details and click Done at the bottom. Your card details will be saved in your keychain.

Your credit card details and click Done

Step 5. To remove a tag, select the tag and click Remove.

Conclusion

What password manager do you use for your Apple devices? Is it iCloud Keychain or a third-party tool? Please state your opinion and opinion on this matter in the comments below.

I wish you all success!

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