How to generate a password with iCloud Keychain for iOS 7

How to generate a password with iCloud Keychain and iOS 7

iCloud Keychain is meant to be an easy way to manage passwords on your Apple devices. When password management is easier, using stronger passwords is easier. Since it can be tough to come up with strong, unique passwords, good password managers will generate them for you, and iCloud Keychain in iOS 7 is no exception. Unfortunately, the passwords generated by iCloud Keychain aren't exceptionally strong, but they are better than using the same password for every site. That makes them an okay starting point for people who want a little more security, but don't want full-fledged password manager from the App Store.

How to use iCloud Keychain on iOS 7 to automatically create and fill-in a password

  1. Launch the Safari app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Navigate to the site you'd like to create an account and generate a password for.
  3. Fill out any information that's needed and then tap on the password field where you'd create a password.
  4. Notice that above the keyboard there is now an option for Suggest Password. Tap on it. If you don't see it, that site does not yet support generating passwords with iCloud Keychain yet.
  5. iCloud Keychain will generate a password for you and sync it across your devices. Alternately, you may get the error pictured below. If that's the case, it means that site chooses to block saved passwords. You didn't do anything wrong. It just means you'll need to create your own password.

Note: Some sites block tools like iCloud Keychain. Sometimes it's for security or privacy reasons (for example, public terminals), other times they're just not compatible. If iCloud Keychain doesn't give you the option to generate a password, it's likely because the site is block those type of features.

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

Help and how to 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 generate a password with iCloud Keychain for iOS 7

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Allyson, in theory, you don't need to know the newly generated passwords that iCloud Keychain has generated for you. But what if you'd like to know them? Is there a way?

I also have this question. What if I'm on another computer without safari and I need to access my passwords. I don't think I could go to icloud.com to see it can I? This is stopping me from using this feature as of now. There are many times where I do not want to use an iOS device to access certain things on the web (primarily due to the capability of a full size computer).

First question that popped into my mind also. Seems easy enough if you only access sites from your apple devices. What about when I'm at work and have no access to my iCloud Keychain?

You can see all the generated and saved passwords in Safari settings on iOS and OSX.

Handy for people with an iPhone as you'd usually always have this on you so if you needed to use a different computer you'd have access to your passwords.

I worked as a Microsoft developer/DBA and paid my bills with it for years, but when it comes to computers for my family and I, it's all Apple. I've read iMore since it was TIPB and consider the site of reference.

After trying the keychain for few weeks I found out that there's an app that auto fill passwords much better. It's call LoginBox. It saves me time and the overhead of tapping long usernames.