Easy Ways to Download Passwords from iPhone to Windows or Mac
How to Download Passwords from Your iPhone
If you're like most iPhone owners, you rely on your device to store hundreds of passwords and passkeys for various websites and apps. But what happens if you need to access those passwords or passkeys from another device? Or if you're switching to a new phone? Or if you want to backup or export them for some reason?
Fortunately, downloading passwords from your iPhone is easier than you might think. In this article, we'll walk you through the steps of viewing and exporting passwords from your iPhone. We'll also answer some frequently asked questions about this topic.
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Why You Might Want to Download Passwords from Your iPhone
There are several reasons why you might want to download passwords from your iPhone. Here are some of them:
To access them from another device
If you have multiple devices, such as a laptop, a tablet, or another phone, you might want to access your passwords or passkeys from those devices as well. For example, if you forget your Facebook password on your laptop, you can easily retrieve it from your iPhone.
To switch to a new phone
If you're planning to upgrade or replace your iPhone, you might want to transfer your passwords or passkeys to your new phone. This way, you don't have to re-enter them manually or reset them.
To backup or export them
If you want to have a backup of your passwords or passkeys in case something happens to your iPhone, you might want to export them to a file or a cloud service. This way, you can restore them if needed. You might also want to export them if you want to use a different password manager or browser.
How to View Saved Passwords on Your iPhone
Before you can download passwords from your iPhone, you need to view them first. Here's how:
Open the Settings app
The first step is to open the Settings app on your iPhone. You can do this by tapping the Settings icon on your Home screen or by swiping down and tapping the Settings app in Control Center.
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Tap Passwords (or Passwords & Accounts)
Once in the Settings app, tap Passwords (iOS 14 and up) or Passwords & Accounts (iOS 13 and earlier). You may be prompted to use Face ID or Touch ID for authentication, or enter your passcode. Authenticate yourself
After tapping Passwords or Passwords & Accounts, you will see a list of websites and apps that have saved passwords or passkeys on your iPhone. To view a password or passkey, you need to authenticate yourself again. You can do this by using Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode.
Select a website or app to see its password or passkey
Once you're authenticated, you can tap on any website or app on the list to see its password or passkey. You can also copy the password or passkey by tapping and holding it, then selecting Copy. You can also edit or delete the password or passkey by tapping Edit Password (or Edit Passkey) in the top right corner.
How to Export Passwords from Your iPhone
Now that you know how to view passwords on your iPhone, you might want to export them to another device or location. There are different ways to do this, depending on what kind of passwords or passkeys you have and where you want to export them. Here are some of the most common methods:
Export iCloud Keychain data
If you use iCloud Keychain to sync your passwords and passkeys across your Apple devices, you can export them from your iPhone using the iCloud app. Here's how:
Open the iCloud app on your iPhone
The first step is to open the iCloud app on your iPhone. You can do this by tapping the iCloud icon on your Home screen or by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
Tap Passwords, then select the passwords you want to export
Once in the iCloud app, tap Passwords. You will see a list of websites and apps that have passwords or passkeys stored in iCloud Keychain. To export them, tap Select in the top right corner, then tap on the passwords or passkeys you want to export. You can also tap Select All to export all of them.
Tap Share, then choose how you want to send or save them
After selecting the passwords or passkeys you want to export, tap Share in the bottom left corner. You will see a list of options for sending or saving them, such as AirDrop, Messages, Mail, Notes, Files, etc. Choose the option that suits your needs and follow the instructions.
Export Safari passwords as a CSV file
If you use Safari as your browser on your iPhone, you can export your passwords as a CSV file that can be opened by other browsers or programs. Here's how:
Open Safari on your iPhone, then tap the Bookmarks icon
The first step is to open Safari on your iPhone, then tap the Bookmarks icon at the bottom of the screen. It looks like an open book.
Tap the Passwords tab, then enter your password when prompted
Once in the Bookmarks menu, tap the Passwords tab at the top. It looks like a key. You will be asked to enter your password for authentication. You can use Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode.
Tap the More icon, then select Export All Passwords
After entering your password, you will see a list of websites and apps that have passwords saved in Safari. To export them, tap the More icon at the bottom right corner. It looks like three dots. Then, select Export All Passwords from the menu that appears.
Save the Passwords.csv file to your desired location
You will be prompted to save the Passwords.csv file to a location of your choice. You can choose from various options such as iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. Tap Save to confirm.
Export Keychain items between computers
If you have a Mac computer and an iPhone that are both signed in with the same Apple ID and have iCloud Keychain enabled, you can export Keychain items between them using Keychain Access. This is useful if you want to transfer passwords or passkeys from one computer to another without using iCloud. Here's how:
Open Keychain Access on both computers
The first step is to open Keychain Access on both computers. You can do this by going to Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access.
Select an item or items in one computer, then go to File > Export Items
Once in Keychain Access, select an item or items that you want to export from one computer. You can do this by clicking on them while holding down the Command key. Then, go to File > Export Items from the menu bar. You will be asked to choose a file format and a destination location for the exported items. You can choose from various formats such as .keychain, .p12, .cer, etc. You can also choose to save the file on a USB drive, an external hard drive, or a cloud service.
Choose a destination location on both computers, then click Save & Close on one computer
After choosing a file format and a destination location for the exported items, click Save & Close on one computer. You will see a confirmation message that the items have been exported successfully.
Open Keychain Access on the other computer, then go to File > Import Items
Now, switch to the other computer and open Keychain Access again. Go to File > Import Items from the menu bar. You will be asked to select the file that you saved in the previous step. Navigate to the location where you saved the file and click Open.
Select the file saved in the previous step, then click Open & Close again
You will see a list of items that are be