How to install and setup iCloud Keychain on iOS and OS X Mavericks [Guide]

icloudkeychainiCloud Keychain is a new feature which was introduced in the recent iOS 7.0.3 update released by Apple . iCloud Keychain stores your usernames and passwords so that they are automatically filled in forms when you want to enter them . It manages and synchronizes your information’s across your Apple devices running iOS 7.0.3 or OS X Mavericks. This article is a complete guide to setting up iCloud Keychain both on your iOS device and OS X Mavericks .


Requirements : 

  • Device running iOS 7.0.3
  • Mac running OS X Mavericks
  • 5 minutes of your time

Setting Up iCloud Keychain on iOS device

Step 1 : Settings -> iCloud -> Keychain -> Switch On


Step 2 : You will be asked to enter a new passcode or use your Phone passcode . I recommend you create a new passcode as it’s much more secure . Depending on your choice , select an option .

Step 2

Step 3 : Enter a new 4-digit security code for iCloud Keychain. Once done , you will be required to enter your mobile number to receive the verification code by Apple

Step 3

Step 4 : Enter the 6  d igit verification code sent to you via SMS in order to verify and activate iCloud Keychain

Step 4

Now that your done , follow the steps below to setup iCloud Keychain on your Mac Device

Setting Up iCloud Keychain on OS X Mavericks

Step 1 : Go to system preference -> iCloud -> Tick ‘Keychain’ to turn it on

Step 1 - Mac

Step 2 : A screen pops up asking if you want to enter a passcode after sleep mode or screen saver . You can create a new password or skip this step

Step 2 - Mac

Step 3 : Enter your Apple ID and password

mac step 3

Step 4 : Enter the 4-digit iCloud Keychain passcode you create earlier on iOS device

Step 5 : Enter the 6-digit verification code sent to you via SMS

Synchronizing iCloud Keychain with Safari

When you visit a new website , you’ll first be asked if you want to save the password in iCloud Keychain .This login information will be saved across your devices using iCloud Keychain so when you visit the website next time , it will be automatically filled .

On iOS

Step 1 : Settings -> Safari – > Passwords & Autofill

Step 2 : Tick the informations you want Safari to save

On OS X Mavericks

Step 1 : Go to Safari -> open Safari Menu -> Preference -> Autofill


Step 2 :  Tick the informations you want Safari to save


Your iCloud Keychain is setup and ready to synchronize the passwords across your devices . Your personal informations (usernames,passwords) are stored only on the devices that you approve . Note: iCloud Keychain  stores credit card numbers and expiration dates only and not the security codes.

If you face any problem activating iCloud Keychain, leave a comment below.

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