If you aren’t already doing so, you should be managing your passwords from a separate application like 1Password, compared to just relying on your browser. But the problem for many is that it’s just much easier to let your browser do all the work for you, especially when options like Safari and Google Chrome will even suggest secure passwords for new accounts. These browsers even go so far as to let you know when one of your passwords have been compromised, so you can reset the password and keep your account from falling into the wrong hands.
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Nevertheless, it’s still a better solution than physically writing down all of your passwords, and even better than just using the same one across all of your accounts. Google and Apple have gone to great lengths to improve the password management possible within the browser, removing the need for many to consider using a separate service altogether. One such example of this is the ability to have your passwords automatically filled whenever you’re signing into a website you’ve been to before. This is a feature that’s available by default with iCloud Keychain, but other password managers like 1Password and LastPass also an be used in conjunction with iCloud Keychain.
AutoFill Passwords From Google Chrome on iPhone and iPad
Google has been on top of its game when it comes to the latest iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 software updates. The company was one of the first to release a series of updates for its apps, taking advantage of everything that iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 has to offer. And because October is also known as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Google is also pushing a new update to the Chrome app. With this update, you can autofill passwords from Google Chrome on iPhone and iPad, whereas the only way you could do so before was if you used Chrome as your primary browser.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Scroll down and tap Passwords.
- Enter your passcode or use Face ID, if applicable.
- Tap AutoFill Passwords at the top of the page.
- Make sure that AutoFill Passwords is toggled to the On position.
- Under Allow Filling From:, tap Chrome.
- Tap the Turn on AutoFill button.
After this feature has been enabled, whenever you need to sign into an account from another app or in Safari, you can opt to auto-fill passwords from Chrome or iCloud Keychain. It’s important to note that if you are already using another password manager, such as 1Password, for autofilling, then that option is replaced by Chrome. Apple only allows two apps or services to be used at the same time for autofilling passwords, with one of them automatically being iCloud Keychain.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.