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This wikiHow teaches you how to use Apple's strong encryption feature to share passwords and payment information across iCloud-enabled devices with your Apple ID.

Method 1
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On an iOS Device
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  1. 1
    Open Settings. It's a gray app that contains gears (⚙️) and is typically located on your home screen.
  2. 2
    Tap your Apple ID. It's the section at the top of the screen that contains your name and image if you've added one.
    • If you are not signed in, tap Sign in to (your device), enter your Apple ID and password, then tap Sign In.
    • If you are running an older version of iOS, you may not need to do this step.
  3. 3
    Tap on iCloud. It's in the second section of the menu.
  4. 4
    Tap Keychain. It's near the bottom of the "APPS USING ICLOUD" section.
  5. 5
    Slide iCloud Keychain to the "On" position. It will turn green.
    • If prompted, enter your Apple ID and password.
  6. 6
    Choose your passcode settings. You can choose to use your device passcode as your iCloud Security code by tapping Use Passcode, or create a new code by tapping Create Different Code.
  7. 7
    Enter your security code.
    • If you created a new code, enter it in again to confirm.
  8. 8
    Enter a phone number that can receive SMS messages. This is for security verification purposes.
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    Tap Next. It's in the top-right corner.
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    Enter your Apple ID password.
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    Tap OK. iCloud Keychain is now enabled. Your passwords and payment information will be encrypted and available on all iCloud-enabled devices that you've signed into with your Apple ID.
    • Any previously saved usernames and passwords, wireless network information, and internet accounts are automatically updated in iCloud Keychain when you enable it.[1]
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    Return to the Settings menu. Do so by tapping iCloud in the upper-left corner, then Apple ID and Settings in the same location.
  13. 13
    Scroll down and tap Safari. It's near the middle of the menu, next to a blue compass icon.
  14. 14
    Tap AutoFill. It's in the "GENERAL" section.
  15. 15
    Slide "Names and Passwords" to the "On" position. Doing so enables iCloud Keychain to automatically fill in your username and password when using Safari.
  16. 16
    Slide "Credit Cards" to the "On" position. Doing so enables iCloud Keychain to automatically fill in credit card information when using Safari.
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    Tap Saved Credit Cards. It's at the bottom of the menu.
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    Enter your passcode or touch your finger to the Home button, if Touch ID is enabled. Your list of saved credit cards will appear on the screen.
    • Tap Add Credit Card and enter your card information if you'd like to add a new card; tap Done when finished.
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Method 2
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On a Mac
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  1. 1
    Click the Apple menu. It's the Apple logo in the top left corner of the menu bar.
  2. 2
    Click System Preferences.
  3. 3
    Click the "iCloud" icon. It's a white icon with a blue cloud.
    • If you can't see the main menu, click the Show All button (earlier versions of Mac OS X) or the three rows of dots (later versions of Mac OS X).
  4. 4
    Click on the checkbox next to "Keychain."
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    Type in your Apple ID and password.
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    Click OK. A popup window will appear asking to request approval.
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    Click Use Code to use your iCloud Security Code.
    • Click Request Approval to send an approval request to another device via SMS Message.
    • Access another linked device like your iPhone or iPad.
    • Type in your Apple ID password
    • Tap Allow.
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    Click Next. A verification code will be sent to your phone number.
  9. 9
    Type in the verification code.
  10. 10
    Click OK. iCloud Keychain will be enabled on your Mac.
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Community Q&A

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  • Question
    How do you use a Keychain in a Windows 10?
    Community Answer
    iCloud Keychain is only compatible with iOS and Mac devices.
  • Question
    What do I do if I have no icon for keychain on my Mac screen?
    Community Answer
    iCloud Keychain is only available on your Mac on OS X Mavericks 10.9 and later. If you don't see the Keychain icon, first check that you are running on a compatible version.
  • Question
    How can I receive a verification code to set up KEYCHAIN on IPad 2 without a cell or smart phone?
    Community Answer
    You will need to contact Apple Support to verify your identity, if you do not have a device capable of receiving SMS.
  • Question
    Who has access to my keychain?
    Community Answer
    Only devices signed in to your secure iCloud account. Apple cannot read any information stored in iCloud keychain.
  • Question
    What if I don't want the key chain to store personal information?
    Community Answer
    Then you don't have to store it into your keychain. If it asks you to store your personal information, click 'never.'
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