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How to Find Any Passwords on Your Mac

Apple recently made it much easier to find, change, and delete all of your saved passwords in one place. Plus, your Mac will now show you any weak or compromised passwords and urge you to change them. Here’s how to find any passwords on your Mac, whether you have upgraded to macOS Monterey or not.

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How to Find Your Passwords on a Mac (macOS Monterey)

To find your passwords on a Mac running macOS Monterey, click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen and select System Preferences. Then click Passwords and enter your Mac password. Use the search bar to find a website and click Edit to see the password for that site.

  1. Click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your Mac screen.
  2. Then select System Preferences.
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  3. Next, click Passwords.
    How to Find Your Passwords on a Mac

    Note: If you don’t see this option in the System Preferences window, skip to the next section below.

  4. Then enter your Mac password. This is the same password that you use to log in to your computer from the lock screen.
    How to Find Your Passwords on a Mac
  5. Next, use the search bar to find a password. This is the search bar in the top-left corner of the window. You can search by the website name or your username.
    How to Find Your Passwords on a Mac
  6. Then select a password and click Edit. You will only see the Edit button appear on the right when you select a website from the left sidebar.  
    How to Find Your Passwords on a Mac
  7. Finally, you will find your password and username at the top of the pop-up window.  
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From here, you can type a new password, but it will only change on your Mac and other iCloud devices. To change your actual password, you can click the Change Password on Website button. This will open your web browser to the login page for the site.

You can also click Delete Password, but it will only remove the password from your Mac and other iCloud devices.

How to Find Passwords on Your Mac (Old Way)

To find your saved passwords on a Mac, go to Applications > Utilities and open the Keychain Access app. Then

You can find your passwords and other information (like credit card numbers) stored in the Keychain Access app that comes pre-installed on all Macs. Here are the steps to retrieve your saved passwords using Keychain Access:

  1. Open your Applications folder. You can do this by opening a Finder window and selecting Applications in the left sidebar. Or you can also right-click on our desktop and press the Command + Shift + A keys on your keyboard at the same time.
  2. Then open the Utilities folder.
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  3. Next, open Keychain Access.
    How to Find Passwords on Your Mac
  4. Then click Passwords. You will either see this at the top of the window with a newer Mac. If you have an older Mac, you might see this in the left sidebar under Category.
    How to Find Passwords on Your Mac
  5. Next, use the search bar to find a password and double-click to open it.

    Note: If you want to find your WiFi password, you can search for your network name.

    How to Find Passwords on Your Mac
  6. Then click Show Password.
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  7. Next, enter your Mac password. This is the same you use when logging in to your computer.
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  8. Finally, you will find your password next to Show Password.
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If you’re tired of remembering all your passwords, check out our list of the best password managers

Updated on November 3, 2021

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