Set up iCloud Keychain

With iCloud Keychain, you can keep your passwords and other secure information updated across your devices.

iCloud Keychain remembers things, so that you don't have to. It auto-fills your information—like your Safari usernames and passwords, credit cards, and Wi-Fi passwords on any device that you approve. Have more questions about iCloud Keychain?

How to turn on iCloud Keychain

When you update your device to the latest iOS or iPadOS, the setup assistant asks you to set up iCloud Keychain. Learn about availability by country or region.

Turn on iCloud Keychain on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap Settings, tap [your name], then choose iCloud.
  2. Tap Keychain.*
  3. Turn on iCloud Keychain. You might be asked for your passcode or Apple ID password. 

Turn on iCloud Keychain on your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences. 
  2. Click Apple ID, then click iCloud in the sidebar.
  3. Select Keychain.*
  4. If you choose to "Approve Later" when signing in to your Apple ID, you need to approve with an old passcode or from another device when prompted. If you're unable to approve, reset your end-to-end encrypted data when prompted.

*On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 13 or later, or on your Mac with macOS Catalina or later, two-factor authentication is required to turn on iCloud Keychain. If you haven't set it up yet, you're prompted to update to two-factor authentication.

If you can't turn on iCloud Keychain

If you can't turn on iCloud Keychain after following these steps, make sure you meet the minimum system requirements for iCloud Keychain and that you're using two-factor authentication

If you're not using two-factor authentication, you might be prompted to create an iCloud Security Code—six digits, complex alphanumerics, or randomly generated—to authorize additional devices and verify your identity. If you forgot your code, you might be able to reset it.

Frequently asked questions

Get answers to some of the most common questions about iCloud Keychain.

What information does iCloud Keychain store?

iCloud Keychain stores credit card numbers and expiration dates—without storing or autofilling the security code—and passwords and usernames, Wi-Fi passwords, Internet accounts, and more. Developers can also update their apps to use keychain, if the app is on a device that uses iOS 7.0.3 or later, or OS X Mavericks 10.9 and later. If you don't see items stored in iCloud Keychain, learn what to do

How does iCloud Keychain protect my information?

iCloud protects your information with end-to-end encryption, which provides the highest level of data security. Your data is protected with a key that's made from information unique to your device, and combined with your device passcode, which only you know. No one else can access or read this data, either in transit or storage. Learn more.

What happens when I turn off iCloud Keychain on a device?

When you turn off iCloud Keychain, the password and credit card information is stored locally on the device. If you sign out of iCloud on that device while Keychain is turned on, you're asked to keep or delete that information. If you choose to keep the information, it isn't deleted or updated when you make changes on other devices. If you don't choose to keep the information on at least one device, your Keychain data will be deleted from your device and the iCloud servers. 

Can Apple recover my iCloud Security Code?

No. If you enter your iCloud Security Code incorrectly too many times, you can't use that iCloud Keychain. You can contact Apple Support to verify your identity and try again. After several incorrect attempts, your keychain is removed from Apple's servers, and you need to set it up again.

How do I find my saved passwords?

iCloud Keychain stores your saved passwords so that you can view or change them at any time. Learn how to find your saved passwords on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can also find your saved passwords on your Mac

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