Sync your iCloud passwords with Windows, and Apple’s new dedicated iCloud Passwords app will provide you with some essential new features. The apps that come with the iCloud 12.5 update for Windows allow you to retrieve and update saved passwords, add new passwords, and delete logins you no longer want.
Apple’s documentation explains how to manage iCloud passwords using the new app, but it’s relatively straightforward. You can access the app from the start menu and change the required password. These changes are synced to your Apple device.
Apple released some support for iCloud passwords in Windows earlier this year. The January update to iCloud for Windows added support for Chrome extensions that allow you to use passwords already in your iCloud Keychain and add new passwords to your Keychain in Chrome. This extension was very difficult to release, but eventually made it available to users with some working state. It’s still part of iCloud 12.5’s password management system for Windows, and the 12.5 update also supports the Edge version of the extension (in theory, Chrome extensions work with Edge, but reviews from the Chrome Web Store suggest that this is ‘for iCloud passwords).
This update makes syncing passwords using iCloud much more practical if you’re a person who moves between Windows and Mac (or someone using Windows and an iPhone). It’s more flexible than a browser extension because you can view and search a list of saved passwords, and being able to manage your passwords means you don’t have to go straight to your Apple device to change your passwords. log in. The new app isn’t quite as full-featured as a dedicated password manager (or actually Keychain access on a Mac), but it’s definitely better than the little or no management features Windows users had for their iCloud passwords before.
The 12.5 update for iCloud for Windows is available now and can be downloaded by going to the Windows Store, searching for the update. If iCloud Password Sync isn’t already set up on your Windows computer, you’ll need to enable it in iCloud Settings before using the password manager, but the process is relatively straightforward. To do this, you will need an Apple device running iOS 14/macOS 11 or later with an Apple account using two-factor authentication and you will need to obtain a security code. You’ll also need to set up Windows Hello, but you can also use a PIN, so don’t worry if your computer doesn’t have biometric authentication.