Information about iCloud Keychain Password Importation and Exportation

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Photo: Girts Ragelis (Shutterstock) – Getting your passwords in and out of iCloud Keychain has never been easier. When it comes to iCloud Keychain, it’s always been like being on an island. As long as you kept within Apple’s controlled environment, you might find this secret, safe haven. Passwords could only be accessed and added via Safari, and exporting them was impossible. However, iCloud Passwords (formerly known as iCloud Keychain) is increasingly eroding its status as a closed system.

Use your iCloud credentials on Windows now too, including third-party browsers. Other password managers like as Bitwarden, LastPass, and 1Password are all able to import and export CSV files, thanks to the addition of a simple, universal capability in macOS Monterey. As a result of this update, iCloud Keychain may now be accessed more easily based on your requirements. What follows is an explanation of how it all works.

How to import iCloud Keychain passwords

Create a CSV file of your current user database so that you may import it. When you export your passwords from web browsers (like Chrome) or password managers, you’ll get them in this format, which is a plain-text, unencrypted database (like LastPass).

Enter your username and password in the appropriate fields and click Login to view a list of all of your accounts and their associated passwords in System Preferences > Passwords. Choose “Import Passwords” from the drop-down menu that appears after clicking the three-dotted Menu button in the bottom toolbar.

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Click “Import” to add the CSV file.

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You’ll be prompted to enter your password or Touch ID to verify your identity. By doing so, the passwords will be saved to your iCloud Keychain. Once the procedure is complete, Apple will ask if you want to remove the original CSV file from your computer.

Selecting “Delete” will erase the file from your system’s local storage as well as the Trash, therefore we recommend doing so. Nobody will be able to access your accounts unless you remove the file from your computer (you should also use two-factor authentication for all your important accounts). This file can’t be recovered in any way.

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How to extract iCloud Keychain passwords

Looking for a more specialized password manager than iCloud Keychain? It’s finally a piece of cake now. Authenticate with your administrator password or Touch ID under System Preferences > Passwords. Then select “Export Passwords” from the drop-down menu that appears when you click the three-dot Menu button in the bottom toolbar.

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“Export Passwords” will appear as a pop-up menu.

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Click “Save” once you’ve selected a location to store the file.

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Touch ID or your admin password will do the trick for logging in. The site where you saved your passwords will now be the new home for all of your exported passwords. Delete the CSV file once you’ve imported the data into your password manager, as previously indicated (see above).

Now that you’ve changed your passwords, where should you go with them?

You’re free to travel wherever you want with the CSV file containing all of your usernames and passwords. With all your personal data, you may test any password manager or web browser.

However, consumers have a plethora of options. Is 1Password worth the money? Is LastPass still a good value for your money? Because their free subscription is more than enough for most customers, Bitwarden is the only real alternative to iCloud Passwords that we’ve tested. Since the software is open source, anyone can check out its security mechanisms and see if they are up to date. The app and browser extensions are also incredibly solid, and it’s available almost everywhere. If Bitwarden sounds like it would be a good fit for you, you may import that CSV file with a single click.