How to Find Saved Passwords on Your Mac

Juggling multiple passwords can be a struggle. Thankfully, your Mac stores your login credentials for websites and apps, making life easier and more secure. But when you need to revisit a forgotten password, knowing how to find it becomes crucial. Here’s a guide to help you unearth your saved passwords on your Mac:

Using System Preferences (macOS Monterey and Later):

If you’re running macOS Monterey (version 12) or later, Apple has introduced a dedicated “Passwords” section within System Preferences. Here’s how to access it:

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen.
  2. Select System Settings from the dropdown menu.
  3. Look for the Passwords icon (it resembles a key) and click on it.
  4. You’ll likely be prompted to enter your Mac user password or use Touch ID to verify your identity.

Once authenticated, you’ll see a list of all your saved website and app login credentials. You can search for a specific website or app using the search bar in the top right corner.

Finding Passwords in Safari Preferences (For All macOS Versions):

This method works for all macOS versions, including those before Monterey.

  1. Open the Safari web browser.
  2. Click on Safari in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Select Preferences from the dropdown menu.
  4. Click on the Passwords tab.
  5. You’ll again be prompted to enter your Mac user password or use Touch ID to unlock your saved passwords.

Similar to System Preferences, you’ll see a list of your saved credentials. Here too, you can use the search bar to find a specific website or app.

Viewing Password Details:

Once you’ve located the website or app you need, you can view its saved password. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the website/app entry in the list.

  2. A pop-up window will appear displaying the username and password fields. Note: The password field will be hidden by dots for security reasons.

  3. To reveal the password, click on the checkbox labeled “Show Password.” You’ll be prompted to re-enter your Mac user password or use Touch ID for verification.

Additional Tips:

  • Remember, it’s always recommended to use strong and unique passwords for different websites and apps.
  • Consider using a password manager for more robust password management and added security.
  • Avoid using the “Show Password” feature in public places or when others might be able to see your screen.

By following these steps, you’ll be able to easily find your saved passwords on your Mac and securely access your online accounts.