How to Use iCloud Passwords Chrome Extension.
If you use Google Chrome on PC but prefer Safari on iPhone and Mac, you’re probably tired of constantly digging around and re-pasting passwords in both browsers. But it won’t be such a routine anymore.
The iCloud Passwords extension for Chrome, which Apple released with iCloud for Windows version 12, now allows you to automatically enter passwords from iCloud Keychain in Chrome on Windows.
Additionally, iCloud Passwords also lets you download and save new passwords created in Chrome directly to iCloud Keychain.
If you want to set up and use iCloud passwords, below is everything you need to know about the latest Apple iCloud extension for Chrome.
Install/Update iCloud for Windows
Before you can use the iCloud Passwords Chrome extension, you must have iCloud for Windows installed on your computer. If you already have the app installed, you need to update it.
Install iCloud for Windows
You can install iCloud for Windows as a Microsoft Store app. Or, you can set it up as a standard desktop app by downloading the installer from Apple’s website. From a usability standpoint, your best bet is to get it from the Microsoft Store.
When iCloud for Windows has finished installing, open it and sign in with your Apple ID credentials. If you have two-factor authentication set up, you must paste the code you receive on your iPhone or Mac to complete your login.
Note. Besides iCloud passwords, you can also use iCloud for Windows to sync iCloud Drive and photos from your PC and your bookmarks between Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.
Update iCloud for Windows
If you’re using the Windows version of iCloud from the Microsoft Store, your computer should automatically update the app to version 12 (a prerequisite for iCloud passwords) or later.
If you’ve turned off automatic Microsoft Store updates, select the Downloads and Updates option from the Microsoft Store menu (located in the upper right corner of your screen) and select Update next to iCloud for Windows.
For the default iCloud desktop app for Windows, open Apple Software Update from the Start menu and apply any pending iCloud for Windows updates.
Add iCloud Passwords Extension
After installing or updating iCloud for Windows on your computer, you can immediately add the iCloud Passwords extension to Chrome. Open the iCloud Windows app (via the taskbar), select the Passwords checkbox, and select Apply.
In the pop-up window, select Download to open the iCloud Passwords page in the Chrome Web Store. Then select Add to Chrome to add iCloud passwords to Chrome.
Then you have to authenticate the iCloud Passwords extension in Chrome. Select the iCloud passwords icon from the Chrome extensions menu and you’ll be prompted for a six-digit verification code.
In the meantime, you’ll see the code itself as an iCloud for Windows toast just above the taskbar area. Paste it in and you’re done.
Auto-fill Passwords With iCloud Passwords
When you come across the Chrome login form, the iCloud Passwords extension will turn blue with a key-shaped symbol inside to indicate that it has one or more site login credentials. Just select the icon and select the username and password you want to enter into it.
Advice. To make things easier, we recommend that you add the iCloud Passwords Chrome extension to your Chrome toolbar. From the Extensions menu, select Pin next to your iCloud password.
If the same icon is displayed in white, you must re-authenticate iCloud passwords before it can automatically enter the site password. Select the icon and the iCloud for Windows pop-up window displays the code you need to enter.
On the other hand, the gray icon for the iCloud Passwords extension means it does not have passwords to enter into the site.
In cases where Chrome’s built-in password manager contains a password for the login form, the browser will insert it automatically as usual. Optionally, you can choose iCloud passwords and choose a different set of user credentials – if any – from iCloud Keychain.
Save Passwords to iCloud Keychain
If you create a new password in Chrome, the iCloud Passwords Chrome extension prompts you to save it to iCloud Keychain. It should also ask you to do this when you use a password from the Chrome Password Manager. Then you can accept, reject, or postpone it next time.
However, the iCloud Passwords extension does not sync your passwords. This means you won’t find iCloud Keychain passwords in Chrome’s Password Manager, or vice versa, just by adding it to Chrome.
iCloud Passwords also restricts Chrome’s built-in password manager by preventing it from saving login credentials. This is an issue when creating new passwords in Chrome, or if you want to add passwords to Chrome as you use them from iCloud Keychain.
Using Chrome Passwords in Safari
ICloud passwords are mostly a one-way street as existing Chrome passwords are not loaded into iCloud Keychain unless you sign in with each one at least once.
On Mac, you can reduce this problem by manually importing Chrome passwords into Safari. Download Chrome on your Mac, sign in with your Google account and sign out of the browser. Then open Safari and choose File> Import From> Google Chrome. In the pop-up window, check the box next to the Passwords field and select Import.
If you are using Safari on iPhone, you can simply automatically enter passwords right from Chrome itself. Install Chrome via the App Store and sign in to it. Then go to Settings> Passwords> Autofill Passwords and allow passwords to be entered from Chrome.
iCloud Passwords: Better Than Having Nothing
The iCloud Passwords Chrome extension is imperfect. It can’t sync your passwords in Chrome and Safari, and it also doesn’t let you save anything in Chrome’s password manager. But it helps eliminate the need to manually search and enter Safari passwords in Chrome, so it’s still better than doing nothing.
How to Use iCloud Passwords Chrome Extension
How to Use iCloud Passwords Chrome Extension