9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 20, 2014 1:08 PM by karenza t.
Paul Verity Level 1 (15 points)

I've tried setting up iCloud Keychain in OS X Mavericks but have failed.


From the iCloud System Prefs I activated Keychain. It asked me for my iCloud password, then for my Keychain password, then to enter an activation code sent to my phone. I waited, and waited and waited. Nothing came through. So I tried deselecting Keychain and allowing it to delete all passwords. I took at look at the new Keychain settings in iOS 7.0.3 under iCloud -> Keychain, and iCloud -> Account -> Advanced -> Keychain. Each time it asked me to use a different device to authorise it. I didn't get anywhere with this.


I finally got a bunch of verification codes sent to my phone, but now I can't enter them. The dialog that was requesting this code was dismissed and I can't get it back. I can't switch off Keychain in iCloud System Prefs, as it gets automatically re-enabled and the "Waiting for approval from other device" message is permanently displayed. Logging out and back in again had no effect.


Anyone else had any luck?

iMac, OS X Mavericks (10.9)
  • Paul Verity Level 1 (15 points)

    Seems to be fixed now. A few more random attempts on my Mac to disable and re-enable it brought the verification dialog back up to enter the verification code. Not entirely sure what the problem was or how I fixed it!

  • Jeff Friedman Level 3 (520 points)

    I tried it too and on my iPad and iPhone as well where it says PENDING (authorization). I finally decided to not use it and turned if off on Mavericks but I CANNOT turn it off in iOS 7 now.. I slide the switch and it just returns to ON and says pending. What can I do?

  • mattfromtempe Level 1 (5 points)

    I had a similar problem that I solved by invoking the forgot code flow when prompted for my iCloud keychain security code.  This will cause you to delete your existing iCloud keychain data and set a new pin.  Once that is done you should be setup properly and you can disable, if desired.

  • Paul Verity Level 1 (15 points)

    Yeah, I tried that several times as I just wasn't getting a code sent to me. About 10mins later I got about 6 codes all at once! Guess there was a bit of a backlog. But then it just stopped prompting me to enter a verification code altogether as far as I remember. So tried to turn off Keychain and back on again, but every time I switched it off it'd re activate itself after a few seconds.


    Anyway, now that it's working, does anyone know how to reveal the password that Keychain generates for a website? This is useful when I need to access a site when not using an Apple device. You can do it through Keychain Access on OSX, but can't find a way to do it from iOS. And it's much more likely I'd have my phone with me than my iMac - find it a bit bulky to put in my pocket! :o)

  • mattfromtempe Level 1 (5 points)

    On iOS i figured out how to locate the password then copy using by long touching the field.  Try going into Settings - Safarai - Passwords & AutoFill - Saved Passwords - Select the site and enter your iCloud passcode.

  • Paul Verity Level 1 (15 points)

    Excellent! Just what I was after - didn't think to look under Safari prefs. Thanks!!!

  • grop Level 1 (0 points)

    MattFromTempe sollution:

        had a similar problem that I solved by invoking the forgot code flow when prompted for my iCloud keychain security code.

    Solved the problem for me.


  • MightyMagpie Level 1 (0 points)

    I've had a pleasant...not... afternoon trying to synch iPhone , iPad and iMac to access the iCloud keychain.

    The final stumbling block was activating the iCloud Keychain access on the iMac which seemed to take a long time. Patience finally won out and the " Waiting for approval from other device" notice finally worked.

    I now can see all my passwords across all three devices. I guess  it just worked.

    I didn't have to turn off iCloud at any stage although was sorely tempted.

    I came to this point after reading about DashLane and LastPass as Password Managers combined with a little Heartbleed scare.

    I'm sure these two items are excellent products but I'll plug along with KC access for the time being.

  • karenza t. Level 1 (0 points)

    i have enabled keychain on iCloud on my mac, but cannot do this on my iPad. 

    have tried dis enabling and then re enabling keychain, but this didn't solve the problem.

    on ipad i just cannot move the little button in the iCloud keychain window.  it is frozen and i cannot access

    internet even though other applications are working.

    please help, i am not an expert but just a general user.

    thank you