Security experts are always reminding you that your accounts should always have a strong password. The only problem with that is that remembering strong passwords for various accounts can be almost impossible. The question you may ask yourself is where you can keep your passwords.
The answer to that question is debatable, but if you decide to keep your passwords in your Safari browser, the following guide will show you how to do that so that the next time you need to sign into your accounts, you won’t have to depend on a third-party app.
How to Allow Safari to Save Your Passwords
The easiest method you can try to have Safari save your passwords is to just allow iOS to take care of it naturally. Go to the site whose credentials you want Safari to save. Sign in to the site like you normally would, and before you tap on the sign-in button on the site, your keyboard will show the Passwords option.
If you have never signed in to that particular website before, there is nothing to do. Just add your username and password as you normally would. After you sign in, a dialog box will be displayed asking if you want to save the login information in iCloud Keychain for next time.
If you click “Save Password,” it will be saved, and the next time you visit the site, you just need to click on the “Passwords” option. It will automatically fill in the information for you to sign in with. If you have multiple logins for that same website, you will see two of the options below. Click the one you want to use. If there’s a third, fourth, etc., that isn’t shown, click the “Passwords” link to find the correct one in your list of saved logins.
If you ever change your password on the site, you will be asked if you want to update your password.
If you want to get a head start and save the passwords for the sites you frequently visit, you’ll need to dig into your device’s Settings. On the left pane (once you’re in Settings) swipe down until you see the “Passwords and Accounts” option.
Tap on this option, followed by “Website and App Passwords.” You should see a plus sign at the top. Tap on it and fill in the information of the site you want to save. Double-check for any mistakes and tap Done.
The passwords are used and saved not only in Safari, but in other browsers and other apps as well, meaning data is saved for both web apps and apps, such as Dropbox. If you sign into the Dropbox web app and save your login information in Safari or another browser, and open the Dropbox app another time, it can use that same login information that is stored.
How to Stop Safari from Filling in Your Passwords
Let’s say that you want to keep your passwords, sign-in Emails, and usernames on Safari (Safari saves all three), but you don’t want the browser to fill them in automatically. To disable the autofill feature, go to Settings, followed by “Passwords and Accounts.”
Below the Website and App, Passwords option is the option to toggle off the Aufill for passwords. As long as it’s off, you can keep your passwords there, but Safari won’t autofill them.
If you ever do want to erase any passwords, tap on the Website and App Passwords option, and select the Edit option at the top right.
All your passwords will have a circle to the left of them. Select the passwords you want to erase and tap on the Delete option at the top left. You can also delete a particular password by tapping on it, and when you tap on the edit option, a red circle will appear. Tap on this red circle to delete your sign-in info for this site.