How to Use the Password Manager in Safari on iPhone or iPad

If you use Safari on your iPad or iPhone, you can store website passwords and then manage them using the Passwords settings. The passwords manager on iOS is easy to use, and one of the best we’ve found on mobile devices.

We know that having and using a passwords manager is all but a necessity on any computer or mobile device. For one, if you’re even moderately security conscious, you are probably using strong passwords. Unfortunately, typing strong passwords on a mobile device (assuming a password with upper and lower-case letter, numbers, and symbols) is kind of a pain.

You might also change things up from website to website. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t use the same password twice (easier said than done), so you need to exercise your memory in order to have a unique password for every single website.

To that end, if you use an iPhone or iPad, then Safari already includes an excellent, robust passwords manager, which we’ll show and explain to you today.

Using the Passwords Manager on Safari for iOS

Access the passwords manager by first opening the “Settings” on your iOS device. Scroll to and tap open “Safari” in the left column, then tap open the “Passwords” category.

Before you can access your passwords, you will need to verify your identity using Touch ID. On older devices that don’t have Touch ID, you will need to enter your passcode.

Every account on your device will be shown. Your passwords won’t appear, instead you will only see the user ID associated with each account. Notice that there’s an arrow on the right edge of each account row.

Tap open any account and you will now see your user name, password, and the associated website.

Tap the “Edit” button in the upper-right corner and you can edit everything or delete the account from your device.

Note also, if you want to copy a field, the copy button will appear in the lower-left corner. When you’re finished editing a user account, tap the “Done” button.

Back on the main passwords screen, tap the “Edit” button in the upper-right corner and notice that a selection circle appears to the left of each account row.

With the edit option enabled, you can select multiple accounts at once. The advantage to this is that you can go through all of your accounts and select the ones you no longer have or want stored, then simply tap the “Delete” button in the upper-left corner.

You don’t have to actually access each account to copy your user name and password to the clipboard. From the passwords screen, you can long-press and the option for both will appear on a context menu.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that you can tap open the “Search” field.

When you do this, the keyboard will appear and you can then tap a few characters to find the account or user name you’re seeking.

Searching from the passwords field will allow you to quickly sort through all your accounts, which can quickly accumulate and become unwieldy.

Finally, we need to point out that your passwords are saved to iCloud so they’re available on all your iOS devices. If you simply want to prevent Safari information from being synced to iCloud, then tap off the button next to it in the iCloud settings.

If you want to turn off iCloud Keychain syncing, then your Safari information such as bookmarks and history will still be synced but passwords will not.

The passwords manager for Safari on iOS is clearly one of the easiest to use and you can quickly transfer information from it to other browser logins.

While we can’t recommend copying sensitive information like this as plain text to your device’s clipboard, it can make things substantially easier. Just be advised that doing so is a security risk.

We hope you found this article helpful and you now feel comfortable managing website user accounts and passwords on your iPhone or iPad. If you have any questions or comments, we invite you to leave your feedback in our discussion forum.


Matt Klein is an aspiring Florida beach bum, displaced honorary Texan, and dyed-in-wool Ohio State Buckeye, who fancies himself a nerd-of-all-trades. His favorite topics might include operating systems, BBQ, roller skating, and trying to figure out how to explain quantum computers.