How to Access Icloud Keychain Passwords on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Do you find it hard to remember all your passwords? With the iCloud Keychain feature on Mac, you can securely store and access your passwords across all your Apple devices. In this article, we will guide you through the process of accessing iCloud Keychain passwords on your Mac.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To access your iCloud Keychain passwords, start by opening System Preferences on your Mac. You can do this by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Click on “Apple ID”

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Apple ID” option. It should be represented by an icon with your Apple ID and a blue background.

Step 3: Select “iCloud”

Within the Apple ID section, you will see multiple tabs such as “Summary,” “Password & Security,” and “iCloud.” Click on the “iCloud” tab to proceed.

Step 4: Enable iCloud Keychain

In the iCloud tab, scroll down until you find the “Keychain” option. Make sure that the checkbox next to it is checked. If it’s not already enabled, click on the checkbox to enable iCloud Keychain.

Step 5: Authenticate with Your Apple ID

Once you enable iCloud Keychain, you may be prompted to authenticate with your Apple ID password. Enter your password in the provided field and click on “OK” or press Enter to continue.

Step 6: Accessing Your Passwords

To access your stored passwords, open Safari (or any other app that supports autofill with iCloud Keychain passwords) and navigate to a website that requires login credentials.

Option 1: Autofill Passwords

If you have enabled autofill in Safari, you will see a password suggestion appear in the login field. Click on it, and Safari will automatically fill in the correct username and password for you.

Option 2: Manually Access Passwords

If autofill is not available or if you want to manually access your passwords, follow these steps:

  1. In Safari, click on “Safari” in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select “Preferences.”
  3. In the Preferences window, navigate to the “Passwords” tab.
  4. You may be prompted to authenticate with your Mac’s password or Touch ID.
  5. Once authenticated, you will see a list of saved usernames and websites.
  6. Select a website from the list to view and copy its associated username and password.

Note: If you want to view an individual password, you may need to authenticate with your Mac’s password or Touch ID again.


iCloud Keychain makes it easy to access and manage your passwords across all your Apple devices. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can enable iCloud Keychain on your Mac and easily access your stored passwords whenever needed. Whether you choose to use autofill or manually access your passwords through Safari’s Preferences, iCloud Keychain provides a convenient way to keep all your login credentials securely stored in one place.

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