How to Manage Passwords With Safari

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Whether you're using Apple's Mac OS X or iOS, Safari makes it easy to manage your usernames and passwords. With Safari's built-in password manager, you can save, delete, and even reference your username and password combinations for the websites you log into. For added convenience, Safari's AutoFill feature can use your saved website logins to automatically fill in username and password fields for you.


Skill Level: Novice
Difficulty: Easy

Saving Passwords with Safari on Mac OS X

  • Before Safari can remember your usernames and passwords, enable Safari's AutoFill feature. To enable AutoFill, open the "Safari" menu and click "Preferences..." and select "AutoFill." Tick the box beside "User names and passwords."

    Now, whenever Safari detects your website login activity, you are asked if you'd like Safari to remember your password. To begin saving your usernames and passwords, navigate and log in to a website as you normally would. When asked if Safari should save your password, click "Yes." Simply repeat this process for each website for which you'd like Safari to remember your login information. The next time you visit one of the saved websites, the username and password fields are automatically populated with your login information.

Managing Passwords with Safari on Mac OS X

  • You can remove your saved passwords any time with Safari's password manager. To remove a saved password, open the "Safari" menu and click "Preferences..." and then "Passwords." Find and select the website login information that you want to remove. Confirmation is not required to remove a saved password, so double check your selection before you proceed. Click the "Remove" button or press your keyboard's "Delete" key.

    You may also want to view a saved password in plain text -- maybe you forgot your username and password, or maybe Safari saved the wrong login information. Viewing your saved passwords is easy: again, open the "Safari" menu, then "Preferences..." and then "Passwords." Tick the box beside "Show passwords." If prompted, enter your administrator password.

    Also, you may receive one or more additional prompts asking you to give Safari access to your keychain -- simply click "Allow" for each prompt. The keychain is Mac OS X's primary password management system, and is responsible for keeping your passwords and personal information safe.

Saving Passwords with Safari on iOS

  • Just as with the desktop version, enable Safari's AutoFill feature to save passwords: Open the "Settings" app on your iPhone or iPad, tap the "Safari" settings menu, and then the "Passwords & Autofill" menu. Turn on "Names and Passwords" by swiping your finger across the button switch. A prompt displays to then turn on Passcode Lock. Make your selection by tapping one of the options. If you tap "Turn On Passcode Lock," you are prompted to create a pass code.

    Warning! If you choose to continue without Passcode, your saved passwords will be visible to anyone with access to your iPhone or iPad.

    Now, whenever you log in to a website in Safari -- unless you have already saved login info for this site -- Safari queries whether to remember your password: tap "Save Password." The next time you visit one of the saved websites, the username and password fields automatically populate with your login information.

Managing Passwords with Safari on iOS

  • You can remove your saved passwords from your iPhone or iPad's Safari settings. To remove a saved password, open the "Settings" app, tap the "Safari" settings menu and then the "Passwords & AutoFill" menu. Tap the "Saved Passwords" menu. Tap "Edit," find the website login information that you want to remove and tap it. Once you've made your selection, tap "Delete " and then "Delete" again. If you have Passcode enabled, enter your pass code when prompted.

    If you have forgotten a username or password, you can view your saved passwords in your iPhone or iPad's Safari settings. To view a password, navigate back to the "Passwords & AutoFill" menu and tap "Saved Passwords." Find the website login information that you want to view and tap it. If you have Passcode enabled, enter your pass code when prompted.

Security Warnings

  • Safari Security Warnings:

    • Without an administrator password on your computer or Passcode Lock enabled on your iOS device, your saved passwords are visible to anyone who has access to your computer or device.

    • Even with an admin password on your computer and Passcode Lock enabled on your device, your usernames are visible to anyone with access to your computer or device.

    • Any saved username or password information means that anyone with access to your computer or device can automatically log in to that website and view your personal information.

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