How to Reveal Passwords in Apple Keychain

As an IT professional with over 10 years of experience, I often get asked how to view and manage passwords stored in Apple’s Keychain. The Keychain is Apple’s built-in password manager that securely stores website logins, Wi-Fi passwords, credit card information, and other sensitive data.

While the Keychain keeps your passwords private and synced across Apple devices, you may need to access your saved passwords occasionally. Here is a detailed guide on revealing Keychain passwords on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

What is the Keychain?

The Keychain is Apple’s password management system integrated into iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. It provides a secure encrypted store for saving credentials like:

  • Website and app login details
  • Wi-Fi network passwords
  • Credit card information
  • Secure notes
  • Encryption keys

The Keychain syncs passwords across all your approved Apple devices so you can auto-fill login credentials in Safari and apps.

Keychain Security

Apple uses 256-bit AES encryption to secure Keychain data during transmission and storage. Not even Apple can access your Keychain passwords.

Additionally, Keychain items are encrypted with separate cryptographic keys for metadata and password data. This provides an extra layer of security.

View Passwords in Keychain on iPhone and iPad

You can view saved Keychain passwords directly on your iPhone and iPad in a few ways:

Use Siri

The easiest way is to ask Siri to show your passwords. Just say “Hey Siri, show me my passwords” and authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode when prompted.

Open Settings

  1. Launch Settings > Passwords
  2. Enter your passcode or authenticate with Touch ID/Face ID
  3. Tap a website or app to view the username and password
  4. Tap Show Password to reveal the password
  5. Tap Copy Password to copy it

Use Shortcuts App

You can also create a shortcut to show Keychain passwords:

  1. Open the Shortcuts app
  2. Add the “Get Passwords” action
  3. Run the shortcut whenever you need to access passwords
  4. Authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or Passcode

Access Keychain Passwords on Mac

There are a few ways to view stored passwords in the Keychain on your Mac:

Use Keychain Access App

The Keychain Access app lets you manage all keychain items.

  1. Open Keychain Access in Applications > Utilities
  2. Right-click the login keychain and select Unlock
  3. Enter your user account password
  4. Double click a password entry to view details
  5. Click Show password to reveal it

View in Safari

  1. Open Safari > Preferences > Passwords
  2. Click Show passwords and enter your user password
  3. Right-click a password and select Show password

View in System Preferences

  1. Go to System Preferences > Passwords
  2. Sign in with your account password
  3. Select a website and click Show to view the password

Share Keychain Passwords

You can securely share saved Keychain passwords with other Apple users via AirDrop:

  1. Go to Settings > Passwords on your iPhone/iPad
  2. Tap the Share Password button below a login
  3. Select AirDrop to share with a nearby Apple device

The user needs to authenticate on their device to view the shared password.

Reset Keychain Password

If you forgot your Keychain password, you can reset it:

  1. Open Keychain Access and select Keychain Access > Reset My Default Keychain
  2. Enter your admin username and password
  3. Log out and log back in again

This will reset your login keychain password to match your user account password.


The Keychain offers a secure and convenient way to manage passwords across Apple devices. While your Keychain data remains private, you can access saved passwords whenever needed.

I recommend using strong random passwords and enabling two-factor authentication for better security. Additionally, make sure Keychain syncing is enabled in your iCloud settings.

Let me know if you have any other questions! I’m always happy to help explain Apple services and security best practices.