How to generate a password with iCloud Keychain in OS X

How to generate a password with iCloud Keychain and OS X Mavericks

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 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 aren't yet to the point of wanting to purchase a full-on password manager.

How to use iCloud Keychain in OS X Safari for generating passwords

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac running OS X Mavericks or above.
  2. Navigate to the website you'd like to create a login for or change the password for.
  3. Once you're in a password field, you will see a popup from iCloud Keychain suggesting a strong password for you.
  4. Click on Use Safari suggested password.
  5. Finish filling out anything you need to and save your changes.

That's all there is to it. iCloud Keychain will now sync the new password across all your iPhones, iPod touches, iPads, and Macs that are compatible with iCloud Keychain.

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 blocking those type of features, and it doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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How to generate a password with iCloud Keychain in OS X


Are these then synced and saved under Safri's "Saved Passwords" on mobile devices? I'm really tempted to switch some of my more important accounts, e-mail etc, over to a randomly generated password but I'd need a way to see if for when I am on my Window's machine at work for example.

In my case it does not work! I've tried to us this password generation filature with Disney and when the password was generated by iCloud Keychain it was not accepted by Disney side because there are symbols like '-' and this is the problem. I did not found the way to change password format