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 – such as your Safari user names and passwords, credit card details and Wi-Fi passwords on any device that you approve. Have any 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 will ask you to set up iCloud Keychain. Find out about availability by country or region.

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

  1. Tap Settings, tap [your name] and then choose iCloud.
  2. Tap Keychain.*
  3. Slide to turn on iCloud Keychain. You may 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. In macOS Mojave or earlier, click iCloud.
  3. Select Keychain.*
  4. If you choose to "Approve Later" when you sign in to your Apple ID, you will need to provide approval 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'll be 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 may be prompted to create an iCloud Security Code – which can be six digits, complex alphanumerics or randomly generated – to authorise additional devices and verify your identity. If you have forgotten your code, you may be able to reset it.

Frequently asked questions

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

What information does iCloud Keychain store?

iCloud Keychain stores credit card numbers and expiry dates (without storing or auto-filling the security code), usernames and passwords, Wi-Fi passwords, internet accounts and more. Developers can also update their apps to use Keychain if the app is on a device that is using iOS 7.0.3 or later, or OS X Mavericks 10.9 and later. If you can't see items stored in iCloud Keychain, find out 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 for a device, you will be asked to keep or delete the passwords and credit card information that you saved. If you choose to keep the information, it won't be deleted or updated when you make changes on other devices. If you choose not 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 have entered your iCloud Security Code incorrectly too many times, you won't be able to use that iCloud Keychain. You can contact Apple Support to verify your identity and try again. If you have made several incorrect attempts, your Keychain will be removed from Apple's servers and you will 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. Find out 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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