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How to use Touch ID to autofill passwords in Safari on Mac

AutoFill feature on Safari saves you time by streamlining your input in various fields. So, you don’t need to manually input your passwords each time you check in to your favorite websites. Interesting, right? In this guide, I’ll show you how to use Touch ID to autofill passwords in Safari on Mac.

How to save or remove username and password in Safari on Mac

  1. Open Safari → Click Safari on the menu bar → Select Settings.
    Select Preferences if you’re running macOS Monterey or earlier.

    Click Safari in menu bar and choose Settings
  2. Select Passwords → Use your Touch ID or enter your Mac’s password.

    Click Passwords and enter your Mac's password
  3. Click the plus (+) icon.

    Click the plus icon
  4. Fill in the following details: Title, Website, Username, and Password.
    You can also add Notes if you want.
  5. Click Add Password.

    Fill in the details and click add password

To remove the username and password in Safari on Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Head to the Passwords tab → Enter Mac’s password.

    Click Passwords and enter your Mac's password
  2. Click the info icon beside the password.

    Click the i icon next to the password
  3. Select Delete Password.

    Select Delete Password
  4. Confirm by clicking Delete Password.

    Confirm by clicking Delete Password

How to use Touch ID to AutoFill passwords in Safari

  1. Open Safari → Go to the Sign in section of a website.
    I’m using Facebook for illustrations.
  2. Click the username box → Select the AutoFill box.

    Click the Username section and select the AutoFill box
  3. Scan your finger with the Touch ID button.

    Use Touch ID or enter Password

Voila! You’ve successfully avoided the hassle of typing your username and password.

How to change AutoFill settings in Safari on Mac

You can autofill various information depending on the form you are filling. If you don’t want to save your private information or want to remove any saved details, you can change your Mac’s AutoFill settings.

  1. Go to Safari Settings.
  2. Head to AutoFill.
  3. Here, you will find the below-mentioned options:
    • Using information from my contacts: Enabling lets you fill in the basic information on any website using your Contact card. To update your information on the contact card, click the Edit button.
    • Usernames and passwords: You may save your usernames and passwords on websites to access them later quickly. Saved passwords will be pre-filled in subsequent fields.
    • Credit Cards: You can AutoFill your Credit Card details while purchasing on Safari. Furthermore, manage your saved credit cards by clicking the Edit button beside it.
    • Other forms: This feature saves the data you enter in online forms and reuse it to fill out the same form fields quickly. To know websites that have saved AutoFill information, click the Edit button. From there, you can view or delete the saved information.

What to do if AutoFill is not showing the saved password on Mac?

Several things can prevent AutoFill from filling in a saved password on a website. Follow the instructions below to ensure your saved passwords are correctly auto-filled.

  1. Select AutoFill passwords: The first step is to verify that your browser’s AutoFill passwords feature is enabled.
    • Open Safari Settings.
    • Select AutoFill → Ensure the User names and passwords box is checked.

      Select AutoFill and check User name and passwords
  2. Re-add never saved passwords: Your AutoFill may be unable to fill in a remembered password if it was never saved.
    • Go to Safari Settings→ Select Passwords → Enter your Mac’s password.
    • Locate the website’s password labeled never saved → Click the info icon.
    • Select Delete Password → Confirm by selecting Delete Password.
    • Afterward, click the Add button to save the website, username, and password.
  3. Enable Touch ID for passwords: You must enable Touch ID to automatically fill in usernames and passwords on your Mac.
    • Go to the Apple logo () → Select System Settings.
    • Choose Touch ID & Password → Toggle on Use Touch ID for autofilling passwords.

      Choose Touch ID & Password and toggle on Use Touch ID for autofilling passwords

Is AutoFill different from iCloud Keychain?

AutoFill is a handy feature that quickly fills in your saved usernames and passwords for websites and apps in Safari. It eliminates the need for manually entering login credentials every time.

However, Keychain is a password management tool that is a safe repository for all your login and other private information such as credit card details, Wi-Fi network passwords, etc. It uses robust encryption algorithms and a master password to encrypt sensitive data.


Can I disable Touch ID to AutoFill passwords in Safari on Mac?

You can disable Touch ID for your Mac’s Safari AutoFill feature. To do so, go to Safari Settings AutoFill → uncheck Usernames and passwords.

Can I use AutoFill passwords on websites outside the Safari browser?

Unfortunately, you cannot use the AutoFill feature outside the Safari browser on your Mac. However, Chrome offers its own password manager. Besides, you may use password manager apps that support Touch ID to AutoFill passwords across different apps and websites.

Wrapping up…

Using Touch ID on a Mac to automatically fill in passwords in Safari saves you time and increases your online security. So why not give it a shot and see how convenient it is for you. Do you use any third-party password manager on your Mac? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Bhaskar

    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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