Although I have always appreciated the improved security offered by iCloud Keychain, its restriction to play within the Apple ecosystem has never failed to disappoint me. This is changing now as Apple has just released an extension for Google Chrome that allows users to use iCloud Keychain passwords even in Windows 10 machines. If you use Windows with your iPhone and Mac, here’s how to enable and use iCloud Keychain passwords on Google Chrome on Windows.
Enable and Use iCloud Passwords in Google Chrome on Windows
So, what is the requirement to enable iCloud Passwords extension in Google Chrome? Well, make sure you have iCloud for Windows version 12 or later. Also, keep in mind that the iCloud Passwords extension only works in Chrome on computers that have iCloud for Windows installed. Also note that this does not work in Chrome on macOS. That said, let’s see how to set up and use iCloud passwords in Chrome on Windows.
Access a saved password in Google Chrome
If you have a saved password for a website, you can access it easily using the iCloud Passwords Chrome extension on Windows. To get started, head over to Chrome Web Store and add iCloud passwords to the Chrome browser.
- In Google Chrome on a Windows computer, go to a website where you saved a password. Then click on the iCloud Passwords button in your browser.
- If requested, enter a six-digit verification code in the pop-up window. After that, click on the account you want to use. Then your username and password will be auto-filled on the website.
Check if you have a saved password
Apple has made it fairly easy to determine if you have a saved password for a website. So if you ever seem to be a bit confused, look no further than the Chrome extension icon.
- If the iCloud Passwords icon is blue, this means that you have a saved password for the website which you can access by clicking the button.
- If iCloud passwords are grey, that means you have a saved password for the website, which you can access by turning on iCloud Passwords. Simply click the button and then follow the on-screen instructions to access the saved password.
- If the icon is displayed just a gray cloud, it means that you don’t have a saved password for the website.
- If the icon is grayed out and has a cross, make sure you sign in to the iCloud app for Windows and also enable iCloud passwords.
Add New Password to iCloud Passwords Chrome Extension on Windows
If you create a new account or enter a username and password not saved in iCloud, the iCloud Passwords Chrome extension will save the credentials. After that, you can access saved username and password on your iDevices with Keychain enabled.
- Launch Google Chrome on a Windows computer. Next, create or enter a new account on a website. After that, you will be asked to enter a six-digit verification code in the pop-up window.
- Then you need to click on Save password in the notification to add the account to iCloud. Just in case you don’t want to add the account to iCloud, choose Not now or never for this website.
Update an existing password using the iCloud Passwords Chrome extension on Windows
It’s quite simple to update an existing password using the iCloud Password Chrome extension. With Seamless Sync, your new password will sync with all iDevices including iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
- Open Google Chrome on a Windows computer, then go to the website and sign in with the updated username and password.
- If prompted, enter a six-digit verification code in the pop-up window. After that, click on Update Password in the notification.
Set up and use the iCloud Passwords Google Chrome extension on Windows
That’s all we can say about it! Better late than never. As someone who often has to juggle between macOS and Windows, I find the introduction of iCloud passwords to be great news. And I’m sure it could be like music to many ears. What do you have to say about this extension? Would you like to try it on your device? Be sure to share your thoughts with me.