How to enable (or disable) iCloud Keychain on iPhone and iPad

How to enable (or disable) iCloud Keychain on iOS 7

iCloud Keychain is part of iCloud an allows you to save passwords, credit card numbers, and forms for easier autofill later. It can even help you generate new passwords for new logins when you need help creating a stronger password. However, before iCloud Keychain can save your personal info, you'll need to enable it. And while it may not be the perfect password manager just yet, it is far, far better than nothing at all.

How to turn on (or turn off) iCloud Keychain on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Launch Settings from the Home screen
  2. Tap on iCloud.
  3. Tap on Keychain.
  4. Toggle iCloud Keychain to On.
  5. You will be asked to either set up an iCloud Keychain password or enter the existing one. You can also choose to verify with another device if you choose.

How to enable (or disable) iCloud Keychain on iPhone and iPad

To disable iCloud Keychain, repeat the steps above but toggle iCloud Keychain to OFF instead.

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to enable (or disable) iCloud Keychain on iPhone and iPad


This is a really cool "how-to". I know a few people who will love to know this. Thank you Ally.

... Interestingly enough, the green button space on my iPhone 4S doesn't have that little vertical dash that is just before the button in your pictures. Does iOS 7 display differently on different devices (as maybe a way to distinguish hardware versions, maybe)?

Oh. Not to try and sound like a big bag-o-dumb, but what purpose would something like that serve?

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I see that it's labeled "On/Off" but is it for color blind individuals?

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Page 135 of Apple's iPhone User Guide:
"On/Off Switch Labels
To make it easier to see whether a setting is on or off, you can have iPhone show an additional label on on / off switches."

It's obviously intended to assist visually impaired iOS users. It is different & for the sake of feeling like I have more control over the GUI in iOS, I'm gonna leave it on for a bit.


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Thanks for posting this. I'm new to iOS7, only had my iphone for 10 days. I didn't know I could even sync passwords across devices lol!

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The headline is a little misleading, it really should say "How to stop iCloud Keychain from saving your passwords". After all, you're not just stopping safari from asking you to save them, it's stopping it from saving them altogether.

Well, yeah that was it. Not much else to expand on in the article. It's factually correct and kind of basic as far as settings go. The title is misleading. You're actually shutting off saving the passwords, a useful feature, to stop an annoying permission request. But the headline makes it sound like the intention was to just remove the annoyance of safari asking our permission. That's why I read the article, and quite honestly I felt like it wasted some of my time as I had already understood that shutting it off altogether would stop that behavior. That's why I commented about the headline.

Thanks for this tip. It is so much to learn with iOS 7. I'm really enjoying the changes and updates.

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Update: If you forget or click on I forgot my password. a pop up window appears, giving you an option to use a suggested password.
I personally like iCloud Keychain, it is simple and convenient. It does still have room for improvement, but I am sure that will come with time.

Every time I cut on my phone, it prompts me to put in my code or do with another devise...why do I have to toggle it off every time? Why does it keep switching to on & prompting me?????