How to Disable and Edit Safari’s AutoFill on macOS and iOS

Safari’s AutoFill will automatically complete information for contacts, passwords, credit cards and more. Today we’re going to discuss how to turn off or edit those AutoFill entries on macOS and iOS.

Editing or Disabling AutoFill on Safari for macOS

Whenever any form data is autofilled, Safari highlights them in yellow.

To turn off any or all AutoFill forms in Safari on macOS, first open Safari’s preferences from the Safari menu or press Command+, on your keyboard.

In Safari’s preferences, click the AutoFill tab You’ll see a list of the things Safari can autofill.

Uncheck any items you don’t want Safari autofilling, or click “Edit” next to any of the four items to change the actual data Safari has saved. This includes:

  • Using info from my contacts: When you start typing any personal information about you, or any other person in your Contacts, into a form (name, address, phone number, etc.), Safari will autofill the blanks.
  • User names and passwords: Clicking “Edit” will simply switch to the Passwords tab, which will let you amend any of your login information contained therein.
  • Credit cards: This will open a credit card dialog allowing you add or remove payment information. Double-click on an entry to update a credit card’s information including the cardholder’s name, card number, and expiration date. Before you can edit any sensitive data, you will have to enter your system password.
  • Other forms: Click the other forms “Edit” button to edit or remove any or all form data you have saved for a particular website. This is particularly useful if you frequently visit a website with forms you need to fill in time after time with the same information.

 

Editing or Disabling AutoFill on Safari for iOS

Safari on iOS can also fill in form data automatically. To access the AutoFill settings on iOS, open the Settings and tap “Safari”.

Next, scroll down to the General options and tap “AutoFill”.

In iOS, the options are slightly different than on macOS. You can still turn off your contact information, names and passwords, and credit cards, but there is no option for other forms.

The My Info option will let you choose another contact to use as your device’s main contact, or again, you can edit your own contact information so it is up to date.

You can also view, add, remove, and edit any saved credit cards.

You may have noticed, in the previous screenshot, that there isn’t any obvious way to edit saved login information. To fix any stored usernames and passwords, tap back to the Safari settings, and then tap “Passwords” right above the AutoFill settings.

Keep in mind that AutoFill will automatically populate any forms on your devices, regardless of who is using them. Thus, you should only lend your devices to people you trust, or simply turn off AutoFill if someone else is going to be using your Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

One final note: user login details and credit cards are stored in your iCloud Keychain (unless they’re not set up to sync to iCloud), so when you add, delete, or edit either of these items on any one device connected to your iCloud account, the information will be populated to your other devices.

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That’s really all there is to it. Safari’s AutoFill settings are simple enough to understand. Now, if you no longer want certain information to automatically populate forms, you can turn it off. Similarly, if the information is incorrect, you can fix it.

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.