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    How to remove saved passwords from iPhone

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    During an online-only WWDC event, Apple released the next generation of iOS: iOS 14. When the company summed up the features of iOS 14 on a final slide, a change caught everyone's attention. Users can finally change the default browser and mail app on the iPhone. I have been looking forward to this feature for years as it allows me to use the Chrome browser as the default on the iPhone. If you are in the same boat as me, you should export and remove old data like Safari history, bookmarks and passwords saved on the iPhone.




    It is also a recommended routine to remove irrelevant saved passwords from iPhone. iPhone, by default, uses iCloud Keychain to store any login information you add from Safari browser or apps on iPhone and Mac. Let's say you're opting for another browser like Chrome or Firefox on iPhone. If so, you should use their native password management solutions like Chrome Password Manager and Firefox Lockwise for a smoother autofill experience on all connected devices.

    You should also delete saved passwords from iPhone if you are planning to switch from iCloud Keychain to an advanced third-party password manager such as 1Password, Enpass, or SafeInCloud. In this post we will talk about how to remove saved passwords from iPhone. You can also do the trick using the MacBook. Let's begin.

    Remove saved passwords from iPhone

    As mentioned above, all saved login information is saved in iCloud Keychain for a seamless autofill experience across all Apple devices. Follow the steps below to remove saved passwords from iPhone.


    Step 1: open the Settings app on the iPhone.



    Step 2: scroll down to the Password menu.

    Step 3: authenticate using your password or Face ID.


    Step 4: use the search bar to find the item you are looking for at the top.

    Step 5: tap the website name and select Delete password from the following menu.

    You can also long-press on the website name and the pop-up menu will open to offer the delete option.


    The process can be tiring at times, especially if you've saved hundreds of passwords on your iPhone. You can tap the Edit button in the top right corner and select multiple login entries to delete and tap the Delete button above.

    Delete saved passwords from Safari browser on Mac

    Apple syncs all data from iPhone to Mac using the iCloud platform. You can view, manage and delete saved passwords from the Mac as well. I prefer this trick as it allows me to remove all passwords with one click. Follow the steps to remove saved passwords using Safari on Mac.

    Step 1: open the Safari browser on Mac.

    Step 2: tap the Safari title in the menu and go to Preferences. Alternatively, you can use Command +, keyboard shortcut.

    Step 3: go to the Password menu. Apple will ask you to authenticate. Use Touch ID or your Mac password to authenticate yourself and access the menu.


    Step 4: here you will see the list of saved login information for various websites. Select the website you no longer use or need.

    Step 5: select the Remove button and confirm your decision.


    If you want to remove all saved passwords, use the keyboard shortcut Command + A to select all entries and tap Remove at the bottom.

    Remember passwords saved elsewhere

    Before deleting saved passwords from iPhone, you need to move your login information elsewhere. The App Store is filled with third-party password managers with a long list of cross-platform features and availability. Some of the popular names include Dashlane, 1Password, LastPass, Enpass, and SafeInCloud, for links see above.

    Coming to my personal preferences, I recently switched from iCloud Keychain to 1Password. Although manually configuring on 1Password was not without its problems, this allowed me to access, change and add passwords from all platforms such as iOS, Windows and Mac. I can also use my favorite web browser with a 1Password extension to fill in confidential information automatically.


    Third party password manager apps offer additional features such as multiple vaults, vault sharing, password check, custom password generator, Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP), easy access via native apps, wearable support, theme options and more.

    Set a third party manager as default on iPhone

    Starting with the iOS 12 update, Apple has opened the doors to third-party password managers on the iPhone. Users can select their preferred password manager app as the default method to auto-fill login information on websites and apps. Follow the steps below to change the default password manager on iPhone.

    Step 1: open the Settings app on the iPhone.

    Step 2: go to the Password menu> Password autofill.

    Step 3: Make sure the Password Autofill menu is enabled and select your preferred password manager from the menu below.


    From now on, whenever you try to log in to any app or website, iOS will ask to automatically fill in the login information from the selected password manager.

    Conclusion

    When I switched from Mac to Windows, I found iCloud Keychain to be restrictive in many ways. I switched to 1Password and cleared passwords from iPhone. Why do you want to delete saved passwords on iPhone? Are you switching to a different platform or are you switching to another password manager on iPhone? Share your reasons in the comments section below.

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