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Apple Updates iCloud for Windows With Password Manager

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Highlights:

  • iCloud for Windows 12.5 finally adds a password manager.
  • You can also add new passwords or delete existing login information directly from the new app.
  • To install iCloud for Windows, users need Windows 10 version 18362.145 or higher.

Apple has also brought an iCloud Passwords app for managing credentials. With iCloud for Windows version 12 or later, you can use iCloud Passwords to access your passwords in Google Chrome using a browser extension. In version 12.5 or later, you can also access your passwords in Microsoft Edge using a browser extension and manage your passwords in the iCloud Passwords app. With the new password management option, those who are running Windows can access their ‌iCloud‌ Keychain passwords and can add, edit, copy and paste, delete, and lookup usernames or passwords.

The new iCloud password extensions for Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome work alongside the new password manager, letting iCloud passwords be auto-filled on a Windows machine, similar to how it works on Safari. Usernames and passwords created by users are automatically added to the Passwords app. The Apple iCloud keychain passwords on Windows are secured in an encrypted database, the company said. The passwords are transferred to the browser extension using an encrypted channel, with passwords not stored in cleartext.

Apple officials said:

“The new iCloud for Windows app introduces a new iCloud Drive experience for Windows 10 users powered by the same Windows technology that also powers OneDrive’s Files On-Demand feature, enabling users to be more productive offline on mobile devices and quickly share files on iOS”.

To use iCloud Passwords on your Windows computer, you need to sign in to the iCloud for Windows app using an account with two-factor authentication turned on, and have iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur 11 or later installed on the device receiving the security code.

On your Windows computer, open the iCloud for Windows app, select Passwords, then click Apply. You can manage your passwords in the iCloud Passwords app. If you want to use the iCloud Passwords extension in a web browser, click Install Extension next to the browser’s name, then follow the onscreen instructions. When you enable the iCloud Passwords browser extension, the browser’s built-in password-saving feature is turned off.

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