Apple’s iCloud Keychain receives a significant upgrade in iOS 17 with the introduction of the Family Passwords feature, allowing seamless sharing of credentials among trusted contacts. With this new capability, Apple continues to expand the Family Sharing experience, enhancing convenience and security for users.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to share passwords on your iPhone running iOS 17.

iOS 17: How to Share Passwords on iPhone with Family Passwords

Setting Up Family Passwords on iOS 17

Please note that iOS 17 is currently in beta. You can learn more about installing the beta software on your device to access the new features.

  1. On your iPhone running iOS 17, open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Passwords.”
  3. In the “Family Passwords” section at the top, select “Get Started.” If you don’t see this option, ensure Family Sharing is set up. Go to Settings > Your Name > Family Sharing to set it up.
  4. Add people to your shared password group. Remember, you can only choose from people saved in your contacts. Note that their iPhones must also be running iOS 17.
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iOS 17: How to Share Passwords on iPhone with Family Passwords
  1. Select the passwords or passkeys you want to share.
  2. Tap “Move” in the upper right corner.
  3. Now, you can notify the individuals you’re sharing passwords with to notify them.
  4. You’re all set! Other members can join and share passwords as needed.
iOS 17: How to Share Passwords on iPhone with Family Passwords

Managing Shared Passwords in iOS 17

Here’s a closer look at password sharing on iPhone in iOS 17:

  1. By selecting from your contacts, you can add people to your Family Passwords group.
  2. Decide whether you want to send a message to inform them about password-sharing access.
  3. You can now edit, add, and delete shared passwords and manage the group.
  4. When deleting shared credentials, they are moved to the “Recently Deleted” folder. Remember that they will be removed from your passwords and the general list. If you want to remove the shared password but keep it in your passwords, go to the “Recently Deleted” section, tap the password, and select “Recover My Passwords.
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iOS 17: How to Share Passwords on iPhone with Family Passwords

Enjoy the Convenience of Shared Passwords

The introduction of shared passwords on Apple devices through iCloud Keychain enhances the convenience and competitiveness of the feature when compared to paid password managers. If you’re excited about this new opportunity, please share your thoughts in the comments section.

We hope this guide on how to share passwords on iPhone in iOS 17 has been helpful. Stay tuned for more updates on iOS 17 and other Apple software releases.


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