3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 11, 2014 1:20 AM by snozdop
vazalea Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



I've already set up my iCloud keychain so that my passwords can be stored on Apple's server. Now, let's say that I'm away from my computer or, knock on wood this doesn't happen, my computer is lost, how would I get access to all my passwords and such on other computers?

It's hard to believe that this topic is not covered in the FAQ considering the whole point of storing your passwords on the cloud is so you can access it without your own computer.


Thanks and best regards,


MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mavericks (10.9.2)
  • snozdop Level 5 Level 5 (5,800 points)

    iCloud Keychain is currently designed for syncing certain passwords between your own Macs and iOS devices.


    There is currently no way to access your keychain on a device you don't own.


    You may want to look at a more fully featured password manager such as 1Password.

  • vazalea Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your response, snozdop, and your suggestion for 1Password.

    If that's not available, I'm racking my brain as to why on earth I want Apple to store my keychain access then.  Is it so that I can set up iCloud on a different Mac and able to recover those keychain passwords? That's the only reason I can think of. If that's not the case either then I am going to delete my keychain from Apple server for added security reasons.


    Thanks again.


  • snozdop Level 5 Level 5 (5,800 points)

    The purpose of iCloud Keychain is to keep "your Safari website usernames and passwords, credit card information, and Wi-Fi network information up to date across all of your approved devices that are using iOS 7.0.3 or later or OS X Mavericks v10.9 or later."


    If you regularly log in to a website on one device, the password will be available to you on all your other devices. If you don't have multiple Macs or any iOS devices, then the benefits are somewhat limited. But it could still be useful when re-installing the OS as your passwords are stored off-site and wouldn't need setting up again.