Password iCloud Extension for Chrome: How to Use

If you use Google Chrome on your PC but love Safari on your iPhone and Mac, you’re probably fed up with constantly searching and re-inserting passwords in both browsers. But that won’t be a chore anymore.

The iCloud Passwords for Chrome extension — which Apple released with iCloud for Windows version 12 — now makes it possible to autofill passwords from iCloud Keychain into Chrome on Windows.

Besides, iCloud Passwords also allows you to upload and save new passwords that you create in Chrome directly to iCloud Keychain.

If you want to set up and use iCloud Passwords, you’ll find everything you need to know about Apple’s latest iCloud Chrome extension below.

Install/Update iCloud for Windows

Before you can use the iCloud Password extension for Chrome, you must have iCloud for Windows installed on your PC. If you already have the app installed, you must update it.

iCloud Settings for Windows

You can install iCloud for Windows as a Microsoft Store app. Or, you can set it up as a standard desktop app by grabbing the installer from Apple’s website. From a convenience perspective, it’s best to get it from the Microsoft Store.

Once you’ve finished setting up iCloud for Windows, open it and sign in with your Apple ID credentials. If you’ve set up two-factor authentication, you must insert the code received on your iPhone or Mac to complete signing in to it.

Note: iCloud passwords aside, you can also use iCloud for Windows to sync iCloud Drive and Photos with your PC and bookmarks between Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.

Update iCloud for Windows

If you use the Microsoft Store version of iCloud for Windows, your PC must automatically update the app to version 12 — a prerequisite for iCloud Passwords — or later.

In case you have turned off automatic Microsoft Store updates, select Download and update via the Microsoft Store menu (located at the top right of the screen) and select Update next iCloud for Windows.

For the standard iCloud for Windows desktop app, open Update Apple software through the Begin instead and apply any pending iCloud for Windows updates.

Add iCloud Password Extension

After you install or update iCloud for Windows on your computer, you can immediately add the iCloud Password extension to Chrome. Open the iCloud for Windows app (via the system tray), check the box next to Passwordand choose Application.

On the pop-up box that appears, select Download to launch the iCloud Passwords page on the Chrome Web Store. Next, choose Add to Chrome to add iCloud Passwords to Chrome.

Then you have to authenticate the iCloud Password extension in Chrome. Select the iCloud Password icon via the Chrome Extensions menu and it will prompt you for a six-digit verification code.

Also, you’ll see the code in the form of an iCloud for Windows toast message just above the system tray area. Insert it and you are ready to go.

Password AutoFill with iCloud Password

When you come across the login form in Chrome, the iCloud Passwords extension turns blue — with a key icon inside — to indicate that it has one or more logins for the site . Just select the icon and select the username and password you want to fill in.

Tip: To make things easier, you should add the iCloud Passwords Chrome extension to the Chrome toolbar. On the Extensions menu, select Pin next iCloud Password.

If the same icon shows up in white, you must re-authenticate iCloud Password before it can autofill the site’s password. Select the icon and an iCloud for Windows pop-up will show the code that you need to enter.

On the other hand, the gray iCloud Password widget icon indicates it doesn’t have any passwords that you can fill out on the website.

In case Chrome’s built-in password manager contains a password for the login form, the browser will automatically insert that password as usual. If you want, you can select iCloud Passwords and choose a different set of user credentials — if available — from iCloud Keychain.

Save passwords to iCloud Keychain

If you create a new password in Chrome, the iCloud Passwords Chrome extension will prompt you to save it in iCloud Keychain. It will also ask you to do that when you use a password from the Chrome password manager. You can then choose to accept, decline, or pause that for the next time.

However, the iCloud Password extension does not sync your passwords. That means you won’t find your iCloud Keychain password in the Chrome password manager or vice versa, just by adding it to Chrome.

iCloud Passwords also limits how Chrome’s built-in password manager works by preventing it from saving login information. That’s a problem when creating new passwords in Chrome, or if you want to add passwords to Chrome when using them from iCloud Keychain.

Use Chrome Passwords in Safari

iCloud Passwords is mostly a one-way street because it doesn’t upload existing Chrome passwords to iCloud Keychain unless you sign in with each of them at least once.

On Mac, you can alleviate that problem by manually entering your Chrome password into Safari. Download Chrome to your Mac, sign in with your Google Account, and exit the browser. Then open Safari and go to File > Enter the word > Google Chrome. On the pop-up that appears, check the box next to Password and choose Import.

If you use Safari on your iPhone, you can simply autofill passwords directly from Chrome itself. Install Chrome via the App Store and sign in there. Then go to Setting > Password > Password autofill and allow password from Chrome browser.

iCloud Password: Better than Nothing

The iCloud Password extension for Chrome isn’t perfect. It cannot sync your passwords across Chrome and Safari, nor does it allow you to save anything to the Chrome password manager. But it saves you from having to manually look up and enter your Safari password into Chrome, so it’s still better than nothing.

If using iCloud Passwords sounds complicated (and in many ways it does), you may want to invest in a dedicated cross-platform password manager like 1Password, LastPass, or Dashlane.

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