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How to set 1Password as you default AutoFill provider in iOS 12

When Apple released iOS 12 to the masses a few weeks ago, it brought about many cool new features to our iPhones and iPads. However, one of the best improvements involves password management, which we covered in-depth earlier.

But what if you prefer using 1Password (opens in new tab) as your default password manager? Or if not 1Password, something like LastPass or Dashlane? Don't worry, with iOS 12 Password Autofill, it is entirely possible to change the autofill provider to your preferred password manager of choice, as long as it supports Apple's new Password Manager API framework.

Here's how to change your default password Autofill provider:

  1. Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Go to Passwords & Accounts.
  3. Select AutoFill Passwords.

  1. From here, you can toggle AutoFill Password on or off. It may be more secure to leave it off, but it's definitely much more convenient if you keep it on.
  2. Underneath the toggle, you'll find Allow Filling From. The iCloud Keychain is checked off by default. Any other apps that you have installed that support Apple's Password Manager API will appear underneath.
  3. Find 1Password (or any third-party password manager of your choice) and tap on it to check it off to use.
  4. With 1Password, you'll be asked if you want to Auto-Copy One-Time Passwords, but keep in mind that this requires notifications to be on.

  1. Once 1Password is selected as an option to AutoFill from, just tap on Keychain to unselect it.
  2. With Keychain AutoFill off, your default password AutoFill provider just became 1Password.

What's your default password manager?

I've been a long-time user of 1Password (opens in new tab) myself, so I have years of hundreds of credentials stored in my vault. I definitely don't want to have two password managers enabled, as that could complicate things on my end. I'm glad to see Apple allowing us to change our default password manager option for AutoFill, and hopefully, it's a step forward for more customization options in the future.

Have any additional questions? Sound off in the comments below.

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Christine Chan
Senior Editor

Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.