How to generate a password with iCloud Keychain on iPhone and iPad

How to generate a password with iCloud Keychain on iPhone and iPad

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 quite ready for a full-fledged password manager from the App Store.

How to use iCloud Keychain to generate passwords

  1. Launch the Safari app on 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 normally enter a password.
  4. A popup should appear. Tap on Suggest Password.
  5. A popup menu will now appear, tap on Use Suggested Password.

How to generate a password with iCloud Keychain on iPhone and iPad

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 the functionality, not that you are doing something wrong.

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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 generate a password with iCloud Keychain on iPhone and iPad


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 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.

I don't put all my passeggs in one basket. I use keychain, but also 1Password and I have all the important passwords tucked away in a fireproof file cabinet written on real paper. Remember real paper and real files. ☮