Apple is bringing iCloud’s password manager to third-party web browsers with macOS Sonoma. So far, you could only access passwords saved in iCloud from Safari on your Mac.
This will no longer be the case once macOS Sonoma lands later this year. The move will make iCloud Keychain a more compelling alternative to popular third-party password managers.
iCloud Passwords extension now works with Chrome on Mac
Apple already has an iCloud Passwords extension for Google Chrome and Safari on Windows. Alongside the release of the first public beta of iOS 17 macOS Sonoma, the company uploaded a new version of the extension with support for Chrome on macOS 14.
‼️ macOS Sonoma brings Apple’s password manager to Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and other browsers using their extensions stores with the “iCloud Passwords” browser extension.
If you’re running the macOS Sonoma public or developer beta, you can try it right now! [1/n] pic.twitter.com/stkbQqFtfx
— Ricky Mondello (@rmondello) July 12, 2023
The same extension is also available for Microsoft Edge and other Chromium-based browsers. Once installed, you can autofill saved credentials or generate two-factor authentication codes from iCloud Keychain to log into websites on Google Chrome or Edge on your Mac. This will avoid the hassle of having to copy-paste the details from the Keychain app on your Mac.
Apple’s password manager keeps getting better
In recent years, Apple has massively improved iCloud Keychain with support. With the upcoming iOS 17 update, you can even share saved passwords with your family members using Family Passwords.
With support for macOS, the only platform Apple’s password manager is not available on is Android. And this is unlikely to change anytime soon.
The recent enhancements to Apple’s built-in password manager make it a great alternative to many paid password managers, especially if you are heavily into Apple’s ecosystem. If you are not already, you should check out our guide on how to get started with using iCloud Keychain.