How to access and view your iCloud Keychain passwords with iOS 7

How to access and view your iCloud Keychain passwords with iOS 7

iCloud Keychain will generate and store all your iOS 7 Safari-based passwords and autofill them for you where and as needed. However, there may be times when a website doesn't allow autofill (for example, at public terminal), or you want to use a password outside Safari (for example, in another app), and then you'll need to find it, copy it, and paste it in manually. Luckily, you can do just that via the Settings apps. Here's how!

How to manually find, view, and use your iCloud Keychain passwords on iOS 7

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Now scroll down and tap on Safari.
  3. In the first section labeled General, tap on Passwords & AutoFill.
  4. On the next menu, tap on Saved Passwords.
  5. Enter your 4-digit passcode if you are prompted to do so.
  6. In this list, find the login you'd like to view the password for and tap on it.
  7. Here you can see the login credentials for that specific account.

That's all there is to it. Note that the list in Saved Passwords can become quite long if you save a lot of passwords. Hopefully Apple will add a search feature in a future version of iOS.

How to get more help with iCloud Keychain

If you have specific questions about iOS 7 or OS X Mavericks in general, check out our iOS 7 help and discussion forum or OS X Mavericks help and discussion forum. For more on Safari in specific, check out our ultimate guide:

Allyson Kazmucha

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Interesting ... I wasn't aware that having the four digit PIN would allow someone to see ALL of my passwords. I remember setting up the PIN, but I thought that it was only for pairing with my Keychain which also requires authentication on one of my devices.

Is there any way to change the iCloud Keychain password to be something more complex?

Took the words out of my mouth: 4-digit password is the only buffer between your important passwords and a thief. One reason I never-never-never allow Keychain to store and save my really-really important passwords (credit cards, bank account, etc.).

Yes, this does not feel ready for primetime. I understand the convince aspect and that it might get those that currently don't use strong passwords to do so, but then the point of failure seems to be quite obvious. How long before the press reports stolen iPhones lead thieves to bank accounts through easy, 4 digit password. Perhaps this is a tighter fit with 5s and finger prints, but with all other iDevices it seems fraught with danger.

Solution: Don't use a simple password. A stronger text/symbol/number passcode can be used if you're concerned about security. Use a complex password in addition to Touch ID for quick access, and the average user should be fine.

Unless I am missing something, you can use a complex pass code on your phone that is longer than four digits correct? So if you do that, there are more than four numbers guarding the important and sensitive passwords.

True. In a nutshell, you need a very strong password memorized to get into all other passwords... There's always ONE password Keychain should never-ever be allowed to store and save, and that's the one.

I don't trust have my passwords anywhere online. It just makes it easier for the NSA to get. I keep my passwords in a text document on an encrypted thumb drive.

Ummm, just pointing out the obvious... If the NSA can hack into a database and get your passwords, then they can certainly just hack into which ever website that you don't want them to have access to. Either way, they're getting in.
In short, they don't need your passwords to get into a website. They just bypass it.

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Thank you!

How do I manually add user names and passwords for specific websites? I want to go ahead and do this ahead of time rather than waiting until I go to each site. I don't seem to get asked to save my user name and password for every website.