How to Look Up Saved Passwords on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Looking up saved passwords on your Mac can be a lifesaver when you can’t remember a password for a particular website or application. Luckily, MacOS provides a convenient way to access and manage your saved passwords. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of looking up saved passwords on your Mac.

Step 1: Accessing Keychain Access

To begin, open the “Finder” on your Mac by clicking on the icon located in the Dock. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on “Go” and then select “Utilities”. In the Utilities folder, locate and open “Keychain Access”.

Step 2: Locating Saved Passwords

Once Keychain Access is open, you will see a list of different keychains in the left sidebar. Click on “Passwords” to view all the saved passwords associated with your user account.


If you have multiple keychains or are using a different user account, make sure to select the appropriate keychain from the list.

Step 3: Viewing Password Details

In the main window of Keychain Access, you will see a list of websites and applications for which passwords are saved. To view a password’s details, double-click on its entry in the list.

  • Website/App Name: The name of the website or application for which the password is saved.
  • Account Name: Your username or email associated with that website or application.
  • Password: The saved password that you are looking for (hidden by default).


If you have multiple entries for the same website or application, Keychain Access will store them separately. Make sure to select the correct entry for the password you need.

Step 4: Revealing Password

To reveal a hidden password, check the box that says “Show password” and enter your Mac account password when prompted. The saved password will now be visible in plain text.

Step 5: Copying Password

If you need to copy the password to use it elsewhere, simply select the password text and press “Command + C” on your keyboard, or right-click and choose “Copy”.

Step 6: Closing Keychain Access

Once you have found and copied the desired password, you can close Keychain Access by clicking on “Keychain Access” in the menu bar and selecting “Quit Keychain Access”.

Congratulations! You have successfully looked up a saved password on your Mac using Keychain Access. This convenient feature can save you time and frustration when trying to access various accounts or applications.

Note: It is important to keep your Mac account password secure as it grants access not only to your saved passwords but also other sensitive information on your computer.

Remember: Always use strong, unique passwords for each website or application to ensure maximum security.

I hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through the process of looking up saved passwords on your Mac. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask!

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