How to Manage Saved Passwords Using macOS Catalina

Date: 09/19/2019       3 Minutes to Read

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In this article, you can learn how to manage saved passwords using macOS Catalina. This includes viewing, searching for, modifying, and deleting passwords stored in your iCloud Keychain.

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How to View Saved Passwords

IMPORTANT: macOS Catalina is currently still in beta. It is scheduled for release in October (2019).

It can be challenging to try to remember all your passwords. If you are logged into your macOS Catalina device using your AppleID, you can manage your iCloud Keychain saved passwords. Any device associated with your AppleID will then be able to auto-fill your passwords. This includes iOS devices as well. Your saved passwords are secured by TouchID or your user’s password, so you can rest assured that your passwords can not be accessed without your permission.

If you have previously saved passwords using Safari, then you can view them using a macOS device that is logged in using your AppleID. The steps below will show you how to view your saved password(s) using macOS Catalina.

  1. Open the Safari application.
  2. Click on Safari from the menu bar.
  3. Click on Preferences….
  4. Click on the Passwords tab.

    NOTE: You will need to authenticate using TouchID or your Mac user’s password to access this secure area.

  5. Once you authenticate, the list of saved passwords will be visible. Click on the item you would like to view.
  6. Click the Details… button.

Now you know how to view your saved passwords. If you have a lot of saved passwords, you may not see the one you are looking for right away. Continue reading through the next section to learn how you can search for saved passwords.

You can search through your passwords by website or username. When you navigate to the Passwords tab of the preferences menu in Safari, you will see a search field. If you have saved the password for your website, for example, you can begin typing your domain and options that match will be displayed. If you saved your cPanel or Account Management Panel (AMP) password, then you can begin typing your cPanel username.

Knowing how to search for a password will help you easily find a particular one when you need it.

How to Change Saved Passwords

If you have made changes to your website, AMP, or cPanel password, you will need to update the saved data to continue to use the auto-fill feature. Follow the steps below to learn how to change your saved password.

  1. Open the Safari application.
  2. Click on Safari from the menu bar.
  3. Click on Preferences….
  4. Click on the Passwords tab.

    NOTE: You will need to authenticate using TouchID or your Mac user’s password to access this secure area.

  5. Once you authenticate, the list of saved passwords will be visible. Click on the item you would like to change.
  6. Click the Details… button.
  7. Enter the new password into the password field.
  8. Click the Done button.

Congratulations, you did it! Now, when you are prompted to log into your website on your macOS device, you can autofill the username and password fields with your updated data.

How to Delete Saved Passwords

If you no longer need a particular password, you may want to delete it. Follow the steps below to remove any passwords saved in your iCloud Keychain.

  1. Open the Safari application.
  2. Click on Safari from the menu bar.
  3. Click on Preferences….
  4. Click on the Passwords tab.

    NOTE: You will need to authenticate using TouchID or your Mac user’s password to access this secure area.

  5. Once you authenticate, the list of saved passwords will be visible. Click on the item you would like to delete.
    NOTE: To remove multiple passwords at once, hold down the command key while clicking on each item you would like to delete.
  6. Click on the Remove button.
  7. Click Remove in the confirmation window.

    WARNING: Deleting a saved password will remove it permanently from iCloud Keychain on all the devices associated with your AppleID.

Hooray! Now you know how to manage saved passwords using a macOS Catalina device.

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