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, Wi-Fi passwords, and social log-ins—on any device that you approve.

Get started

To use iCloud Keychain, you need iOS 7.0.3 or later on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later on your Mac. Learn about availability by country or region.

When you update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest iOS, the setup assistant asks you to set up iCloud Keychain. Instructions vary based on whether you're using two-factor authentication or another type of security, like your email, password, or security questions.

If you're using two-factor authentication

With two-factor authentication, your device is trusted when you sign in with your Apple ID, so in most cases you don't need to re-approve it. 

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud. For 10.2 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud. 
  2. Tap Keychain. 
  3. Slide to turn on iCloud Keychain.

iPhone showing iCloud Keychain turned on


On your Mac:

  1. Choose Apple () menu > System Preferences > iCloud. 
  2. Select Keychain.

Mac showing iCloud Keychain


If you're using two-step verification, or email, password, or security questions

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: 

  1. Choose Settings > [your name] > iCloud. For 10.2 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud.
  2. Tap Keychain and slide to turn it on.
  3. Enter your Apple ID, and follow the instructions.

On your Mac:

  1. Choose Apple () menu > System Preferences > iCloud. 
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password, and follow the instructions.

You can create an iCloud Security Code—six digits, complex alphanumerics, or randomly generated—to authorize additional devices and verify your identity. If you have the SMS-enabled device that you used to set up keychain, you can use that, or you can get help if you forgot your code or can't get the SMS. You can also change your trusted phone number in Settings or System Preferences.

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.

Can I view and edit my passwords stored in iCloud Keychain?

Yes. You can access your passwords to websites, Wi-Fi networks, and Internet accounts via the specific application. For example, use Safari to access and edit your Safari passwords.

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're asked to keep or delete the passwords and credit card information that you saved. If you choose to keep the information, it isn't deleted or updated when you make changes on other devices.

Can I make sure my information isn't backed up in iCloud?

Yes. When you set up iCloud Keychain, skip the step to create an iCloud Security Code. Your keychain data is then stored locally on the device, and updates across only your approved devices. If you don't create an iCloud Security Code, Apple can't help you recover your iCloud Keychain.

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.

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