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What is iCloud Keychain and How to Use It on Your iPhone and iPad?

How to Use iCloud Keychain on Your iOS Device?

If you are a regular online shopper, it's not very convenient having to enter your credit card information every time you buy something. Having that information auto-filled will make checkout much faster. The same goes for filling in the shipping information or entering your password when logging in somewhere.

What is iCloud Keychain and How to Use It on Your iPhone and iPad?

iCloud Keychain that's integrated into your iOS device allows you to do that safely. Instead of saving personal information on the website or an app, you can save your passwords, shipping, and other information to iCloud Keychain.

In this article, you'll find out the basics of iCloud Keychain and how to add credit card information, contact information, generate a secure password, and more.

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Enable iCloud Keychain on Your iPhone and iPad

Turning on iCloud Keychain allows you to use your saved data like passwords and other personal information across approved devices. That means you'll be able to access stored data on iCloud Keychain from other devices.

To turn on iCloud Keychain on an iOS device, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the "Settings" app.
2. Tap on your Apple ID.
3. Then, tap on "iCloud".

Go to iCloud

4. Scroll down to the middle and go to "Keychain".

Go to Keychain

5. Enable iCloud Keychain by tapping on the slider.

Enable iCloud Keychain

6. If asked, enter your Apple ID password.

iCloud Keychain is now turned on and ready to be used.

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Generate a Random Password Using iCloud Keychain on Your iPhone and iPad

If you have difficulty coming up with secure passwords, you can use the password auto generator from iCloud Keychain.

To generate a password with iCloud Keychain, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Safari browser.

Open the Safari browser

2. Go to the website you want to create the password and tap on the password creation field.
3. When the keyboard appears, tap on "Suggest Password" at the top of the keyboard.
4. When the suggested password appears, tap on "Use Strong Password".

Use Strong Password

5. The generated password will appear in the password field. Now you can proceed with the sign-up process.

If you don't see the Suggest Password option, the website is probably blocking the iCloud Keychain due to privacy reasons.

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Manually Add Personal Information to iCloud Keychain on Your iPhone and iPad

iCloud Keychain offers you the option to autofill your personal data, like contact, credit card information. But first, you need to add that information.

To add personal information to iCloud Keychain, follow the steps below:

1. Open the "Settings" app.
2. Go to "Safari" settings.

Tap on Safari

3. Then, tap on "AutoFill".

Tap on Autofill

4. Enable "Use Contact Info" and select "My Info".

Tap on My Info

5. From the contacts list, select yourself. Next to your contact card, you'll see "me" written.

Add your contact info

The information on your contact card will be auto-filled when needed.

To add credit card information to iCloud Keychain, follow the steps below:

1. Open the "Settings" app.
2. Go to "Safari" settings.

Tap on Safari

3. Then, tap on "AutoFill".

Tap on AutoFill

4. Tap on the slider next to "Credit Cards" to enable credit card autofill.

Enable Credit Cards autofill

5. You'll either be asked to enter your device passcode or create one. If no passcode is set, create one for security purposes.
6. Next, tap on "Saved Credit Cards" and enter the passcode.

Tap on Saved Credit Cards

7. Tap on "Add Credit Card" and enter all needed information.

Tap on Add Credit Card

8. Tap on "Done".

Now you won't need to type out your credit card information every time you want to buy something.

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View Saved Passwords on iCloud Keychain on Your iPhone and iPad

If autofill is not working, you can see all of your saved passwords in settings.

To view all passwords, follow the steps below:

1. Go to device settings.
2. Scroll down and tap on "Passwords".

Go to Passwords

3. Then, enter your device passcode.
4. A list of all saved passwords will appear. Tap on the site name you want to see the password.
5. Tap on the password. A menu will appear. Tap on "Copy" to copy the password.

View password

If you have a long list of saved passwords, you can use the search bar to find the one you're looking for quickly.

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Remove Saved Passwords and Personal Information in iCloud Keychain on Your iPhone and iPad

If your passwords or other data has changed, you can delete the old information in settings.

To delete outdated passwords, follow the steps below:

1. Open the "Settings" app.
2. Go to "Passwords" settings.

Go to Passwords

3. Then, if asked, enter the device passcode.
4. Select the login details you want to remove, and at the bottom, tap on "Delete Password".

Tap on Delete Password

To delete outdated credit card information, follow the steps below:

1. Open the "Settings" app.
2. Go to "Safari" settings.

Tap on Safari

3. Then, tap on "AutoFill".

Tap on Autofill

4. Next, tap on "Saved Credit Cards". If asked, enter the passcode.

Tap on Saved Credit Cards

5. Tap on "Edit", located in the top right corner.

Tap on Edit

6. Select the added credit card you want to delete.
7. Then, tap on "Delete" and confirm the action.

Delete the credit card

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Disable Password Auto Filling in Safari on Your iPhone and iPad

If you don't want to have autofill turned on all the time, you can disable it when needed.

To turn off information autofill, follow the steps below:

1. Open the "Settings" app.
2. Scroll down and tap on "Safari".

Tap on Safari

3. Select "AutoFill".

Tap on AutoFill

4. Turn off "Use Contact Info" to disable personal information autofill.

Disable Contact Info autofill

5. Then, turn off "Credit Cards" to disable credit card information autofill.

Disable Credit Cards autofill

Now, the autofill feature will be turned on. When you want to use it again, follow the same steps.

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Disable iCloud Keychain on Your iPhone and iPad

If, for some reason, you don't want to use iCloud Keychain anymore, you can turn it off in device settings.

To disable iCloud Keychain, follow the steps below:

1. Open the "Settings" app.
2. Tap on the Apple ID.
3. Then, go to "iCloud" settings.

Go to iCloud

4. Scroll down and select "Keychain".

Go to Keychain

5. Turn off "iCloud Keychain".
6. If asked, enter the passcode.

When you decide to use the Keychain again, follow the same steps.

Now you know the basics of iCloud Keychain.

You can also check out the video above for a step-by-step tutorial of each method.

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