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How-to: Set up iCloud Keychain

|November 28 2013 |How-to, PC


iCloud Keychain is a new feature Apple has made available to OS X Mavericks and iOS 7.0.3 users. iCloud Keychain stores your Safari usernames, passwords, credit card information and Wi-Fi networks across all your Apple devices.

Security

Passwords and credit card information are stored only on devices that have been approved by you. So if you already have iCloud Keychain on your iPhone and set it up on another Apple device, you'll get a notification requesting approval. Only after your permission does iCloud Keychain begin storing data on the second device. All passwords stored in your keychain are protected with industry-standard encryption techniques.

Setting up your first device

On iOS 7.0.3

1. Go to Settings > iCloud > Keychain

2. Toggle the switch to turn on

3. Enter your Apple ID password

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4. You will be prompted to enter an iCloud security code, which is a 4 digit code. You can choose to enter your iPhone passcode or create a different code. For an added layer of security, you can click Advanced which will bring up an auto-generated passcode containing several characters.

iOS Keychain 2

5. Next, you will be asked to enter your phone number. Apple will use this to send you SMS messages to verify your identity when you want to approve a second device for iCloud Keychain.

iOS Keychain 3

On OS X Mavericks

1. Go to System Preferences > iCloud > Keychain

2. Click the checkmark to turn on

3. Enter your Apple ID password and follow the same steps as above.

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Setting up and approving a second device

If you want to set up iCloud Keychain on a second Apple device, follow these steps.

On iOS 7.0.3

1. Go to Settings > iCloud > Keychain

2. Toggle the switch to turn on

3. Enter your Apple ID password

4. You will be asked whether you want to request approval from another device or use your iCloud security code. You can choose either option.

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Use iCloud security code:

Enter the 4 digit iCloud security passcode you set up on your first device.

You will receive an SMS alert containing a 6-digit verification code on the phone number you approved earlier. Enter the code to complete set up.

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Approve from another device:

If you choose this option, you will receive an alert on any of your other Apple devices which have iCloud Keychain. On a Mac, you'll see a small notification on your desktop. Click View, and you'll be taken to your iCloud System Preferences. Open the Details button next to Keychain, enter your Apple ID password and click Allow.

Approve iOS keychain 2

On an iOS device, enter your Apple ID password when prompted and tap Allow.

On OS X Mavericks

1. Go to System Preferences > iCloud > Keychain

2. Click the checkmark to turn on

3. Follow the same steps as above

Approve Mac Keychain 1

 

Set up iCloud Keychain on Safari

After you've set up iCloud Keychain on your device, you can configure your settings in Safari.

On a Mac, go to Safari > Preferences > Autofill and select the options you would like saved in your keychain.

Safari keychain 1

On an iOS device, go to Settings > Safari > Passwords & Autofill and do the same.

Safari keychain 2

In both cases, you will see options to 'Always Allow' autofill – this is a setting you can use to override websites which disable autofill. In this menu, you can also view and delete saved passwords from your keychain.

Once your settings are enabled, all previously-saved passwords will be automatically stored in your keychain, and will become available across devices. If you've entered a password for the first time, Safari will ask you whether you want to save it.

If you're setting up a new account or changing a password, Safari will automatically suggest a new password. You can either use the Safari-generated password or choose your own.

Credit card information

When you enter your credit card information for the first time, Safari will ask you whether you would like to save it in iCloud Keychain. You can save multiple credit and debit cards. To prompt autofill, simply tap or click on the blank space where you need to fill out your credit card number, and Safari will bring up any saved credit cards. You can select whichever card you want to pay with. As an additional security measure, you will be prompted to enter your 3 digit CVV code, and in some cases, the expiry date.

Good luck setting up your iCloud Keychain. If you have any other questions, do write in to us and we'd be happy to help.


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