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Question: App specific password on Mac & Device

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I generated an app specific password on my Mac and then downloaded the app version for my iphone. But of course I don't know what the app specific password is because it's not saved anywhere. I did look in keychain but under 'show password' is says 'signed App Token' and then a string of characters which certainly weren't the original password. So how do I retrieve it? Or do I have to reset it again so that I can write it down and input it manually into the device app too? Clearly Apple are trying to make this as complicated as possible because it's not possible to set my own app specific password!


Thanks for any help


WG

MacBook Air, macOS High Sierra (10.13.3)

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Feb 26, 2018 4:27 AM in response to getangar In response to getangar

Hi - thanks for your quick response but this does not answer my question. I did read the article before posting. However if you go to history under app specific passwords it only gives you an option to revoke or delete them, but it doesn't show the actual password itself, simply the name you gave it. So although I know there's a password for 'App1' I still don't know what that password is because I never wrote it down, just pasted it into the desktop app. As I've no idea what it is, I can't enter it into the device app.


WG

Feb 26, 2018 4:27 AM

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Feb 26, 2018 10:02 AM in response to writergirl2 In response to writergirl2

I never wrote it down, just pasted it into the desktop app. As I've no idea what it is, I can't enter it into the device app.

Once generated, app specific passwords are not visible again.


It can be copied and pasted for multiple use. It can also be pasted in to a Note or Sticky or email for reference later.

Feb 26, 2018 10:02 AM

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Feb 26, 2018 11:26 AM in response to LACAllen In response to LACAllen

It would be helpful if Apple said that under the FAQ for those passwords. Though copying and pasting into a note or sticky is hardly very secure given the whole process of having to get 2 step authentication for it in the first place! What's annoying is that I was working on the desktop and needed to keep working so I didn't think about opening the app on a device until later. By which time it was too late and I ended up wasting time trying to figure out what the password was.

Feb 26, 2018 11:26 AM

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