It's frustrating when you're on a login page and can't remember your password, or your browser doesn't automatically fill in a saved password for you.If you think you've saved an account password somewhere on your Mac but can't remember the exact location, here are all the places to check.
1. In iCloud Keychain
iCloud Keychain is Apple's built-in password manager for iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices.If you use multiple Apple devices, your account passwords may be stored here.
When you use Safari, it will use iCloud Keychain to show you a prompt, or auto-fill saved passwords on the appropriate website.But if this option does not appear, you can manually look for these passwords.In MacOS, you can access your saved iCloud Keychain passwords in Safari or in System Preferences.
Find Saved Passwords in Safari
Follow the steps below to view all your saved passwords in Safari for Mac.
1. Open the Safari browser and press Cmd+Comma.Alternatively, from the top menu bar, you can click Safari > Preferences.
2. Click Passcode to authenticate with your Mac's passcode or Touch ID.
3. Using the search box, find the password you need by entering your website name, username or email.You can also scroll down through the list of your saved passwords to find one.
4. Once you have found the desired saved account details, move the mouse pointer over the password point to see it.From here, you can hold down the Control key to copy the password.
Find saved passwords in System Preferences
To see your saved iCloud Keychain passwords in System Preferences, open System Preferences and click Passwords.After that, use your Mac's passcode or Touch ID to authenticate.Just like Safari, use the search box or manually scroll through the list to find the desired password.And if you find the password, hover over it to see it or control-click to copy it.
2. In a third-party browser
If you don't use Safari, or you use it with other browsers, you may have some passwords saved in your third-party internet browser.Most of these apps, like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, have built-in password managers.
Find passwords in Chrome and Chromium browsers
Chrome is the most popular browser, and you probably have it as your first or second browser on your Mac.If you sign up for a service or website with Chrome, it's possible that its passwords are stored in Google Password Manager.
Here's how to access your saved passwords in the Chrome browser on Mac:
1. Open Google Chrome and press Cmd+Comma.Alternatively, click Chrome from the menu bar and select Preferences.An alternative, however, is to tap the three dots icon in the upper right and select Settings.
2. Click AutoFill.
3. Click "Password".
4. Use the search box or scroll down to see if you have your account credentials saved here.If you find the account, click the eye button and enter your Mac's password to view the password.You can also click the three-dot button and choose Copy Password.
Besides Chrome, if you use other Chromium-based browsers like Microsoft's Edge or Brave on the Mac, the steps to view your saved passwords should be the same, with some visual changes.
Find Passwords in Firefox
If you use Firefox, then make sure you check its password manager to see if you find your account details saved there.Here's how to do it.
1. Open the Firefox browser on your Mac and click the three-line icon at the top left.
2. Click "Password".
3. Now, use the search box or scroll through your saved passwords to find the one you need.From here, you can reveal the password and even copy it with a click.
3. In a password manager app
It's also possible that you didn't download a password manager app on your Mac, but you used its browser extension or used it on the web.So make sure to check the website or extension accordingly.
4. In the Notes app
Some people save their passwords in the Notes app of their choice.If you vaguely remember doing so, make sure you open the Apple Notes app, or any other note-taking app you use on your Mac, such as Simplenote, Evernote, OneNote, etc.
Go through your notes and folders and find a folder where you write down your password.
The person who keeps the password in the note may mention it briefly or indirectly so that someone who inadvertently sees the note or has access to their Mac cannot decipher the password.For example, if the password is Timothy@August2021, you might write it as MyDog@AdoptionMonthYear.
Also, make sure to check your locked notes when you're in a note-taking app.Most likely, you secured the password by adding a lock to the note.
5. In a folder on your Mac
In addition to the above places, it is also a good idea to check different folders such as Documents, Downloads and Desktop for screenshots, PDFs or TXT files that may have your password.Aside from the password, if you misplaced the backup code for two-factor authentication, you might be able to find it.
In addition to manually searching through various folders, you can also press Cmd + Space to open Spotlight.Here, use search terms like TXT, backup or password to see if you can find something relevant.
Don't forget to check your other devices
Now, you know that there are several places on your Mac to look for saved passwords.However, if you can't find the password you need on your Mac, try searching on your mobile device.It's possible that you've signed up for a service in your web browser that doesn't sync with your Mac.Therefore, passwords may be stored in the device's browser.
If all else fails, reset your password
Most likely, the password you're looking for should be somewhere on the Mac we mentioned above.However, if you still can't find it, your only option is to reset the forgotten password and set a new one.Typically, there is a prompt on the login screen that allows you to reset your password.After doing this, make sure to save it in a password manager, or write it down in a safe place to avoid similar situations in the future.
Copyright Notice:The article only represents the author's point of view, the copyright belongs to the original author, welcome to share this article, please keep the source for reprinting!