Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
June 10, 2022
12 minutes to read

Everyone can forget important passwords. Luckily, your Mac saves passwords and provides ways to quickly find them.

This article explains how to view saved passwords on your Mac.

Contents

  1. How to sync saved passwords with iCloud
  2. How to view saved passwords on a Mac with System Preferences
  3. How to find passwords on Mac with the Keychain
  4. How to see Safari passwords
  5. Where to find autofill saved passwords in Chrome
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How to sync saved passwords with iCloud

If you have several Apple devices, and you want to sync your passwords between them, you can use iCloud synchronization. For example, the saved passwords in Safari on your iPhone will be autofilled in your browser on your Mac.

To sync saved passwords with iCloud, follow these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences on your Mac.
  2. Click Apple ID and go to the iCloud section.
  3. Check the checkbox for Keychain in the list of Apple apps.

Now all your passwords will be synchronized. If you change or remove a password on any of your devices, the changes will automatically be applied to the other devices. iCloud settings with the Keychain app highlighted


How to view saved passwords on a Mac with System Preferences

In old macOS versions, you could view saved passwords only via Safari password manager. Now, there’s an easier way: you can open the list of saved passwords via System Preferences.

How to find stored passwords on Mac using System Preferences:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click Passwords.
  3. Type your admin password and press Enter to unlock Mac passwords.
  4. In the list of accounts, select any to see its password. Hover over the password line with your mouse pointer to see the saved password.
System Preferences showing passwords on Mac

Here you can also manage your passwords.

  1. Click the Edit button.
  2. Type a new password.
  3. Add notes if you wish.
  4. Click Save.
Update account password and information

To change the passwords right on your account page, click Change Password on Website. It will open the relevant website, where you will need to find account settings and change your password there.

Read also:9 Password Security Tips

How to find passwords on Mac with the Keychain

Apple claims that iCloud Keychain is a perfect way for storing your passwords so that you don’t need any additional third-party applications, like 1Password or LastPass. And we agree; Keychain Access is a great Apple password manager.

Here’s how to use the Keychain password finder:

  1. Open the Keychain Access app on your Mac. You can launch it from the Launchpad, from the Applications folder, or using Spotlight search.
  2. Switch to the Passwords tab. Keychain access window
  3. Use the search field to find an account for which you want to see the password.
  4. Double-click an account from the list. You will see a popup window with attributes for this account.
  5. Click Show Password.
  6. Type the password you use to log in to your computer and press Enter. account attributes window showing a password

How to see Safari passwords

If you suddenly forgot the authorization data from any service, but it was saved in Safari on your Mac, iPhone or iPad, you can view your passwords in the following way:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. In the menu bar, click Safari and select Preferences.
  3. Switch to the Password tab.
  4. Provide your Mac user password and press Enter (Return).
  5. You will see the Safari password manager window.
  6. Here you can browse, see and change stored passwords on your Mac. To see the passwords, select an account from the list and hover your mouse pointer over the hidden password.
Safari Preferences window showing the Passwords tab

Where to find autofill saved passwords in Chrome

In case you prefer Google Chrome instead of Safari, here is how to find passwords for Chrome on your Mac.

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. In the menu bar, click Chrome and select Preferences.
  3. It will open a new tab in your browser with Chrome settings. In the sidebar, click Autofill.
  4. Click Passwords.
  5. You will see the list of all accounts with the passwords, which are hidden.
  6. Click the eye icon next to the account and provide your Mac user account to unhide the password.
Chrome preferences showing passwords

Here you can edit, copy or remove saved passwords. For this, click the three dots icon next to the password line and choose the required option.

Also note that at the top of this page, you can find the search field to quickly find the password for the account you need.

Chrome passwords window showing how to find and edit passwords

Conclusion

We hope this guide helped you find your passwords. If you still have questions, feel free to ask in the discussion section below.

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