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How to find all the passwords hidden and saved on your Mac

Have you ever forgotten an old password or an outdated username? We all have. We also know having unique passwords for every online account is a pain, but it’s critical! Tap or click here to find out how cybercriminals can use reused passwords.

With so many passwords to remember, some people save them on their devices. Fortunately, there’s a way to find all the passwords your Apple computer has stored locally. 

The next time you’re in a pickle, you can use this tip to see every password saved to your Mac through Safari.

How to find all your passwords on a Mac

The process for finding passwords on your Mac is relatively simple. NOTE: You can view saved passwords in System Preferences in macOS Monterey or later.

Here’s how:

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences
  • Click Passwords.
  • Sign in with Touch ID or enter your user account password. You can also authenticate your password with your Apple Watch running watchOS 6 or later. 
  • Select a website and then click Edit.
  • Not only can you see passwords, but you can change or delete them.
  • To delete a password, click Delete Password. To update a password, change the password and then click Save.

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You don’t have to go through System Preferences to find saved passwords. You can also do it through Safari.

Finding saved passwords in Safari

You can also see your saved passwords using Safari.

Here’s how:

  • Open Safari.
  • From the Safari menu, choose Preferences, then click Passwords.
  • Sign in with Touch ID or enter your user account password. You can also authenticate your password with your Apple Watch running watchOS 6 or later. 
  • Select a website and then click Edit.
  • To delete a password, click Delete Password. To update a password, change the password and then click Save.

This is also an easy way to change your passwords regularly, which is one of our top tips for keeping your accounts safe. Of course, we find it to be indispensable when we’ve forgotten a password or username.

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