How to recover Recently Deleted passwords on Mac

Recover Recently Deleted passwords on Mac

Things to know before recovering passwords on Mac:

  • Your device must be running macOS Sonoma or later.
  • Only passwords saved in Safari can be recovered.
  • You can only recover passwords that were deleted in the last 30 days.

If you’re like me and habitually forget passwords, you can use Safari’s Save Passwords feature to keep them safe on your Mac. But what happens if you accidentally delete those passwords? Don’t worry. In this article, I’ll walk you through the easy steps to recover your deleted passwords on your Mac.

How to recover recently deleted passwords in macOS Sonoma

  1. Navigate to the Apple logo () → Launch System Settings.
  2. Locate and select Passwords → Enter your Mac password or use Touch ID.

    Locate and select Passwords and enter your Mac password or use Touch ID
  3. Here, you’ll see a list of all the saved passwords from Safari.
  4. Choose Recently Deleted.
    You won’t see this option if you have not deleted any passwords in the last 30 days.

    Choose Recently Deleted
  5. Click (i) info button next to the password you want to recover.

    Click (i) info button
  6. Select Recover.
    Alternatively, you can also hover over the dots next to Password to view the password. You can also click the same to copy it.

    Select Recover

How to recover several Deleted Passwords at once on Mac

  1. Open System Settings.
  2. Click on Passwords Enter your Mac password.

    Locate and select Passwords and enter your Mac password or use Touch ID
  3. Select the Recently Deleted.

    Select the Recently Deleted
  4. Check the boxes next to the passwords you want to recover.
  5. Click Recover at the bottom right corner of the screen.

    Check the boxes next to the passwords you want to recover and click Recover


What if I need to recover a deleted password older than 30 days?

You will need to use a third-party password recovery tool to recover a Safari or Mac password older than 30 days.

What if I still can’t recover my passwords?

You need to reset your passwords or contact the website or app you use for help if you have tried the above method and still cannot recover your passwords.

Wrapping up…

Recovering deleted passwords in macOS Sonoma is an easy task but has limitations. Passwords are only saved in the Recently Deleted folder for 30 days, after which they are permanently deleted. What do you think of this macOS Sonoma feature overall? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Bhaskar is a tech guru who turned wordsmith. Hiding his B.Tech degree in a closet, he ditched the corporate path to simplify tech for everyone. For the past 5 years, he's been dishing out how-tos, reviews, and sharp insights. But there's more! He's a witty interview champ and has been sharing his wisdom for 3 years. Furthermore, he has honed his editing skills for 1.5 years and is now delving into marketing to assist newcomers. When not jamming his fingers on those mechanical keyboards, you may find him on strings or engaging in sports. And by evening, his quotes will be appearing on your Instagram feeds.

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