How to set up iCloud Keychain on iPhone

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It’s always been a gruesome task to remember tons of passwords every time you login to a website and to fill your account or credit card details over and over again. Apple took this up on their shoulders to let users bypass this painful experience altogether.

iOS 7.0.3 brought with it a feature named iCloud Keychain. This is a service offered by Apple which keeps your Safari website usernames and passwords, credit card information, Wi-Fi networks and account information up to date across all of your approved devices that are using iOS 7.0.3 or later. It also works for OS X Mavericks v10.9 or later.

Here’s how to set up iCloud Keychain on iPhone, prerequisite being your iPhone having iOS 7.0.3 or later!

See Also – How to Setup iCloud Photosharing on iPhone

How to set up iCloud Keychain on iPhone:

Step 1: Open Settings and go to iCloud. You must login to your iCloud account if you haven’t done it already.


Step 2: Scroll down to Keychain, tap on it, and toggle the iCloud Keychain to green color. You will be prompted to enter iCloud security code. Enter that or set one up if you don’t have one.

How to setup iCloud Keychain on iPhone

Step 3: Click on Country and change the country code to your own, type in a phone number capable of receiving messages and click ‘Next’. This is for authentication and should be a number readily available with you while setting up.


Step 4: Your iCloud keychain is now on and ready to accept storing passwords and account information.

How to use Safari on iPhone for iCloud keychain:

Step 1: Go back to settings again and open Safari.


Step 2: Go to Passwords & Autofill.


Step 3: Toggle all the switches to green (Use Contact Info, Names and Passwords and Credit Cards).


Step 4: Click on My Info and choose your default account information you want Safari to use for autofill purposes, by selecting from contacts. By default, it’s already chosen the same as your iCloud account.

Step 5: Click on saved credit cards to add in your credit card details to be used for future payments. Note that you security code (or CVV) will have to be filled manually while making a payment as Keychain doesn’t store that for you.

How to setup iCloud Keychain on iPhone

Step 6: When you fill in all the info, click ‘Done’ on top right corner.

Step 7: While using a login website for first time, Safari prompts you to store your login username and password for autofill on all your devices. Click Save Password to store it in iCloud Keychain.


Next time you open the website, Safari will automatically throw in your login details, account information and credit card details.

This service is protected by industry standard encryption techniques and is totally safe to use.

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