How to transfer your passwords to iCloud Keychain using Safari

In the modern world, any of us has so many passwords that it is not possible to remember all of them. As a result, “password managers” have become popular, offering to store all authorization data in one archive and access them using only one master password.

However, not every service can be trusted with its confidential information. For example, recent research into how LastPass works may have prompted some users of the app to look for a more reliable alternative. For owners of Apple devices, the answer lies on the surface – this is “iCloud Keychain”. Using the instructions below, you can transfer your passwords from any third-party manager to the Apple storage using Safari on your Mac.

Activating iCloud Keychain
How to make sure it’s on:

  • On a Mac: Go to System Preferences → Apple ID → iCloud → and check the box next to Keychain Access.
  • On iOS / iPadOS: go to “Settings” → click on your name → iCloud → “Keychain” → Turn on.
Important: the system will offer to enable two-factor authentication if it is not already in use, as this is a mandatory security requirement for iCloud Keychain to work. Follow the prompts from the system.


Import passwords from a CSV file
This assumes that you have already exported your passwords to a CSV file from a third-party manager and are now ready to add them to Keychain Access. The tricky part is that Safari doesn’t allow you to import passwords from a CSV file by default. However, you can transfer passwords from Chrome by first importing them there. For this:

  • Go to the “Settings” of the Chrome browser, select “Autocomplete” → “Passwords”;
  • In the line “Saved passwords” click the three vertical dots and select “Import”;
  • A Finder window will open, in which you need to point your browser to a CSV file with passwords.
Wait for all your passwords to appear in the Chrome list.

Importing Chrome passwords

If you do not see the “Import” button, you need to enable it in the “Experimental functions”:

  • Enter chrome: // flags / # PasswordImport in the address bar;
  • The required parameter will be highlighted in yellow; set the Enable value in the drop-down menu opposite it;
  • Click the Relaunch button at the bottom of the screen, or simply restart Chrome.
After the reboot, the Import button should appear.

Transfer passwords from Chrome to Safari
If Chrome is running in the background, close it with the keyboard shortcut cmd Q;
Now open Safari and select:

  • “File” → “Import from …” → Google Chrome.
  • In the window that opens, you need to leave only one “Passwords” checkbox;
  • Click Import.
Safari passwords

Safari passwords
Wait for passwords to transfer to Safari. At the same time, your data will appear in the “iCloud Keychain”. The process can take 2-10 minutes. To check your passwords on iOS / iPadOS, go to “Settings” → “Passwords”

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