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How to Export iCloud Keychain Passwords

The iPhone password manager allows you to store your login credentials securely. Unfortunately this solution only works in the Apple ecosystem. For people who want to use a password manager accessible from any platform (Windows, Android, macOS, Linux, iOS), here’s how to export all the passwords from your iCloud Keychain.

Recover login credentials from Phone, iPad or Mac

the iCloud Keychain enjoys a very strong capital sympathy with Apple users. Moreover, most iPhone owners have become accustomed to entrusting him with their most important passwords and identifiers.

But this secure space does more than just store your sensitive data. He can also automatically fill in form fields login (name and password) of websites directly from Safari. And I can tell you that once you’ve tasted it, it’s hard to live without it. Indeed, entering your login credentials on an iOS terminal each time you want to access a site can quickly become a chore.

However, we can cast a shadow on this almost too idyllic picture. As long as you stay in the Apple ecosystem, namely Safari for iPhone, Mac or iPad, everything is fine. However, do not plan to use your iCloud passwords on other platforms (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Windows etc.). It is practically impossible even if Apple has made a slight departure from the very strict rules of its ecosystem by unveiling an iCloud application for PC.

In short, you will understand. If you want to access your passwords regardless of the platform used, you will have no choice but to go through a dedicated password manager.

To avoid having to re-enter all your Passwords in Chrome, Prodigemobile offers you a method to export the login credentials saved in your iCloud keychain. The recovered data can then be imported into one of the many password managers such as Dashlane, Bitwarden, LastPass, NordPass Where 1Password

Sync iOS Keychain with your Mac

You don’t need to rush to your iPhone, however. The function for exporting passwords set up by the American giant is currently only accessible from a Mac (macOS). This means that you will first need to repatriate all your identifiers to your computer.

  • Open your iPhone settings
  • Click on your username at the top of the window
  • You may be asked to identify yourself using your Apple ID password.
  • Then tap on the iCloud icon
  • Click on the Keychain section
  • Then check that the Keychain option is already activated (green switch)
  • If necessary, press the corresponding buttonEnable iCloud Keychain feature on your phone

Passwords will automatically sync across your Apple devices. Please note that your Mac must be connected to the same iCloud account as your iPhone. If you are using a friend’s computer, you will need to log in again using your Apple ID. Once the export is complete, don’t forget to disconnect your user account, otherwise your friends will be able to access personal data (photos, mail, bookmarks in Safari etc.).

Export Keychain Login Credentials

Want to switch from iCloud Keychain to a cross-platform password manager? You will see that the procedure is relatively simple. We will now export your secure data to a text file. Here are the steps to follow to perform this operation on macOS.

  • Start your Mac
  • Make sure you’re signed in to your iCloud account
  • Select the Apple menu
  • Open System Preferences
  • Click Apple ID
  • Enter your Apple ID (email address) and password
  • Go back to the Apple ID page
  • Check that the Keychain option is checked
  • If not, enable the feature and wait a few minutes for your passwords to sync to the Mac
  • Go back to the System Preferences homepage
  • Open the Passwords page
  • You will be asked to identify yourself using your Mac session password
  • Click on the Menu button (3 dots) placed at the bottom left of the screen
  • Select the Export passwords option
  • A warning message will explain that your login credentials will be saved in a file without encryption and can therefore be seen by people with access to your computer.
  • Click the Export Passwords button
  • Then choose in the tree structure of your hard disk the directory in which you wish to place the export file
  • Once the backup folder is selected, click on the Save button
  • A new security window will ask you to confirm your choice by typing your password or using Touch ID

All your passwords will be exported to the directory of your choice in CSV format (text format containing comma separated data). This very popular format is used for ad hoc data exchange. It has the advantage of being compatible with most password managers.

You will then just have to import it into the safe of the software you have chosen. You will thus find all the passwords saved in the iCloud keychain on the browser of your choice (Chrome or Firefox for example). Note that the procedure varies depending on the service used.

As explained above, the CSV file contains all the identifiers of the Safari browser. The information is therefore displayed in plain text without any protection (encryption key). If a thief or a malicious person were to seize your computer, he could immediately access all your passwords. Don’t forget to delete the CSV file after importing it into your new password manager.

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