How to set up and use iCloud Keychain on iPhone, iPad and Mac

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The new iOS 7.0.3 for iPhone, iPad and OS X Mavericks for Mac now come with a new feature termed as iCloud Keychain. It will allow the users to create and experience the ultimate cloud storage. Released at WWDC 2013, it helps the users to store all the personal information including safari website passwords, credit card, debit card information and Wi-Fi networks information synced across all the apple devices.

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However, the process to set up the iCloud Keychain is a bit tedious. Apple has not provided any separate settings option for iCloud Keychain for some reasons. Instead, it comes half-nested into the present iCloud and safari settings. But don`t you worry, we will thoroughly guide you to the process and all the features of iCloud Keychain.

Set up process for your first device

The set up process for your first device ( Mac or iOS device) is slightly different from the process to set up subsequent devices, because you need to allow, either by using security code or by using your Apple ID password on another device that has already been set up for iCloud Keychain, every subsequent device to use iCloud Keychain feature. The step by step process to set up the iCloud Keychain on an iPhone or iPad for the first time is mentioned below.

  • Go to the settings options and tap on iCloud.
  • Scroll down and tap on keychain under iCloud.
  • Tap the switch on to enable the iCloud Keychain.
  • Enter a four digit pass code which you can easily remember.
  • When asked, enter your phone number on which you can receive verification SMS for activating new devices.

 

Adding another apple device to synchronize with iCloud Keychain

To add your iOS supported devices like iPhone, iPad or on Mac and all your account information to the iCloud Keychain, you need to follow the below mentioned process.

On iOS:

  • Go to the settings option and tap on iCloud.
  • Scroll down and tap on keychain under iCloud.
  • Tap on “Approve with Security Code” option and type in the four digit pass code which you created during the set up of iCloud Keychain.
  • You need to enter this six digit verification code, which you will receive through SMS on the phone number which you entered during the set up process of iCloud Keychain on your first device.

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On OS X (for Mac):

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  • Go to the Apple Menu and click on the System Preference option.
  • Click on iCloud and select Keychain.
  • Either create a password for unlocking the screen after sleep or skip this particular step.
  • Type in your provided Apple ID and its password.
  • Type in the four digit pass code that you created during the set up of iCloud Keychain.
  • You need to enter this six digit verification code, which you will receive through SMS on the phone number which you entered during the set up process of iCloud Keychain on your first device.

Abhilash Thakur is the founder of iDeviceDog.com who has a keen eye on news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad. Google

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