iOS 11 features a brand new location for all your iPhone’s and iPad’s Mail app’s email account information and all your password information. Look for the new setting in your iPhone’s Settings menu named: Accounts & Passwords. Here you access all your iCloud and other Mail accounts, like Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, and so forth.
It also sends passwords that you already saved in Safari and in iCloud Keychain directly to your apps’ keyboard to make logging in super simple.
- 1 Pre-Requisites for Saving Passwords in iOS11
- 2 Mail Accounts in iOS11: Check Your Mail Options
- 3 Saved Passwords: A New Feature in iOS11’s Accounts & Passwords
- 4 And iOS 11 Accounts & Passwords is for Apps Too
- 5 Concerned About The Security of Your Saved Passwords and IDs?
- Start Using iPhone AutoFill, How-To
- iCloud Keychain: Get Started!
- Getting the Best Out Of iOS11’s Mail App
Pre-Requisites for Saving Passwords in iOS11
- iCloud Keychain is ON
- Every user is prompted to turn on iCloud Keychain when setting up a new device
- If not, go to Settings > Apple ID Profile > iCloud > Keychain > On
- For Macs, System Preferences > iCloud > Tick box for Keychain
Mail Accounts in iOS11: Check Your Mail Options
Once you tap on a particular account, it shows the same information as the previous iOS versions, including account name, the Delete Account button, and toggles for Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Notes.
To find more detailed information about a specific account, tap on the account name (usually the email address.) You’ll see information like Name, Email, Description, Outgoing Mail Server information (available for some email accounts,) and an Advanced settings option.
Mail Accounts in iOS11: View Advanced Settings
Tapping the Advanced settings button leads to additional options like changing the location of discarded messages, updating mailbox behaviors, selecting SSL (prevents third-parties from potentially viewing your email messages,) changing server ports, IMAP Path Prefixes, and a toggle for S/MIME (a protocol for sending digitally signed and encrypted messages.)
Saved Passwords: A New Feature in iOS11’s Accounts & Passwords
Ever notice that when using Safari, after logging into a previously visited website, that your iPhone or other iDevice offers to save your password? And then the next time that you come back to that same website, Safari fills it in automatically, making logging into a site really easy.
Well, new to iOS 11 is a feature that automatically saves your app and website passwords so logging into your favorite sites or apps is easy. Using data previously collected from Safari’s Password Autofill, App & Website Passwords remembers all your passwords for you and keeps these secure by using Keychain and requiring authentication with Touch ID.
What iOS 11 does is it takes those previously stored passwords, already saved in your iCloud Keychain, and makes them available within your apps.
And if you have multiple devices, your iCloud’s Keychain syncs all of these passwords across your devices. That means all your devices that you sign in with the same Apple ID and that use iCloud Keychain automatically share that data. And that’s the magic that makes it really easy to log into sites across multiple devices, without having to save the ID and password for each device.
ID and Password Already Saved in Safari? No Problem!
So if Safari already saved your information, when you tap the sign in option your iDevice asks you if you want to use a previously saved password to use with your app. For example, I previously saved my user name and password for Amazon using Safari in iOS 10. When I now open the Amazon app, a pop-up asks me if I want to select that saved password and gives me the choice to OK that or select Not Now.
If I OK the use of the saved password, another pop-up requests that I press Touch ID (or fill in your password) to automatically fill in those details. All you need to do is press the Sign In button, that’s it!
Seeing AND Adding IDs and Passwords is Easy Too!
go to Settings > Accounts & Passwords and tap on App & Website Passwords. A pop-up asks for your Touch ID (or fill in your password), tap it and you immediately see all the stored IDs. If all you want to do is see a password, just tap it to show your user name, password, and the associated website(s)
And if Safari did not previously save your data, it’s super easy to add it. There are two ways: automatically and manually. Automatically works like it used to: open Safari and visit a website, when you enter your credentials a pop-up asks if you want to add that to your iCloud Keychain for AutoFill on all your devices. Tap Save Password and you’re done. Now that website and your credentials follow you on all your Apple ID connected devices.
To manually add credentials using App & Website Passwords, go to Settings > Accounts & Passwords and tap on App & Website Passwords. A pop-up asks for your Touch ID, tap it and you see your password manager.
Add an ID and Password Manually
- Open Accounts & Passwords
- Tap App & Website Passwords
- Touch ID to verify (or fill in your password)
- Scroll down to Add Password
- Fill in Website, User name, and Password fields
- Press Done
Don’t Worry Safari Still Auto-Fills!
And Safari still auto-fills all your passwords. Just make sure this setting is enabled by going to Settings > Safari > AutoFill > and toggle ON Names and Passwords. Viewing and editing these passwords is now handled by Accounts & Passwords so everything is in sync.
And iOS 11 Accounts & Passwords is for Apps Too
iOS11’s Password AutoFill also allows you to fill in your login credentials directly into third-party apps through your keyboard using the QuickType bar that sits just above the keyboard.
Once your app offers password autofill, the method is simple. When you see a login screen, tap the username field, and in the QuickType Bar, you’ll see any saved IDs and passwords, previously saved in Safari. Tap in the bar and it automatically fills in your username and password–all with just one tap! Then press the log in button and you’re done.
And for those concerned about privacy, Password AutoFill only put credentials in the QuickType bar when it is safe to do so. There are no guessing games–it recognizes the website affiliated with the app. And if not, it leaves the QuickType Bar blank.
If nothing shows up in the QuickType bar, press the key icon, authenticate via Touch ID (or your device password), and a list of all your saved passwords appears. Scroll through these and tap on the correct information and the work is done for you.
Log into your apps using third party services like Facebook or Google?
NO problem, it works the same way as long as your App Developer supports Safari View Controller and AutoFill.
Not Working For Your Favorite Apps?
App developers need to first implement Password AutoFill in their app in order for this to work. So some apps have this functionality while others do not. So let your favorite app developers know you want this functionality!
Concerned About The Security of Your Saved Passwords and IDs?
Well, you should be. We all should take our privacy seriously. And luckily, Apple agrees. That’s why it always requires an authentication, either with Touch ID or your passcode before anyone can view passwords and other credentials.
Apple never shares your passwords app to app or site to site. So if you enter your ID and passwords for one app (or site), iOS does not automatically fill in for another, even if those credentials are the same. And even though you can see your information by entering your passcode or Touch ID, Apple cannot see this information. Apple encrypts it all with iCloud Keychain.
So while iOS11 and iCloud Keychain make it easy to sync passwords and IDs across devices, iOS and all of Apple’s operating systems (macOS, watchOS) keep your information secure.
For more information on how Apple does this, check out their white paper on the security of iCloud Keychain.