How To Import Your Passwords Into iCloud Keychain

How To Import Your Passwords Into iCloud Keychain

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Importing your passwords into iCloud Keychain is very convenient, to use them on macOS, iOS or even Windows. Here’s how to do it.

Did you know that Apple has its own password manager that you can use on macOS, Windows or mobile?

This one is called iCloud Keychain, it saves all your authentication information if you choose to use it so that the next time you need to authenticate, it remembers it for you.

The feature was originally an iOS and macOS exclusive, but for some time now Apple has made it available on Windows. You can use it via an extension for web browsers like Google Chrome.

But how do you do that if you already use a password manager? If so, and you want to try out Apple’s iCloud Keychain, you’ll find that importing passwords isn’t very difficult, but you do need a Mac.

The process is a bit convoluted in that you first have to import the passwords into a browser like Chrome or Firefox and then import them into Safari. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Exporting Passwords

If you store your passwords in Chrome or Firefox, you can skip to step 3. If you use a password manager, start with this first step, depending on the software you use.

Dashlane

  • Launch the Dashlane web application and go to My Account and then Export Data.
  • Click Export to CSV, which will make you download a CSV file to your computer.

LastPass

  • Click on the LastPass browser extension and go to Account Options > Advanced > Export.
  • Select LastPass CSV File.

1Password

  • Launch the 1Password application on your computer and go to File > Export > All.
  • Enter your master password, choose the file name, path and make sure the format is CSV.
  • Finally, click Save.

Step 2: Importing Password To Chrome or Firefox

Now that the passwords have been exported from your password manager, the next step is to import them into Chrome or Firefox.

Chrome

  • Open Chrome and type chrome://flags in the address bar and press Enter.
  • Search for “password import” and click on the drop-down menu, select “Enabled” then restart Chrome.
  • Then click on the icon with the three small dots in the vertical and select Settings.
  • Under Auto Complete, click on Passwords. Under the Saved Passwords section, click the icon with the three little dots and select Import.
  • Choose the CSV file you created earlier.

Firefox

  • Launch Firefox and click on the menu button. Click on Passwords to open the Firefox Lockwise page.
  • There, click on the icon with the three little dots and select Import from File.
  • Select the CSV file you created earlier.

If you can’t find the option to Import from File, it may be because the feature is disabled. To re-enable it:

  • Open Firefox, type about:config in the address bar and press Enter.
  • Search for “signon.management.page.fileImport.enabled” and change the value to “true”.
  • Repeat the above steps.

Step 3: Importing Password To Safari

Now that you have your passwords in your browser, you need to import them into Safari, which is done very easily.

  • Launch Safari on your Mac, then File > Import from
  • Choose Chrome or Firefox depending on the browser you used, then select Passwords and click Import.
  • Once imported, the passwords are now synced with iCloud Keychain.

You can check if the passwords were imported correctly by pressing Cmd + Space and typing “keychain”. Under “Keychains” at the top left, select iCloud and you should be able to see all the passwords and logins you just imported.

As long as these items are now synced with iCloud, you should also be able to use iCloud Keychain on your iPhone or iPad to authenticate to sites and apps. If you have a Windows computer, you can use the Chrome extension to access it.

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