How to save and store passwords on multiple devices with a password manager

How to save and store passwords on multiple devices with a password manager

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For many people, trying to remember all their passwords is a lost cause.

But clicking “forgot password” to do yet another password reset and coming up with yet another permutation of your pet’s name is a colossal waste of time – not to mention a poor approach to protecting your most important information.

Password managers offer an escape from sticky notes and password spreadsheets by giving you an easy way to create, store, and use secure passwords wherever you need them.

The risks of not storing your passwords securely

You’ve likely heard about the importance of good password management – using strong passwords that you keep safe – many times over the years. While the obvious risk of improperly storing passwords means that someone other than you can get your password and into your account, the inconvenience, and more importantly, the dangers, can be more far-reaching than you’d think. Here are just a few examples:

  • When you use the same, easy-to-remember password everywhere, a hacker only needs to successfully crack it once to gain access to all your important data.
  • It’s hard to manage passwords stored in a notebook or on sticky notes, and more importantly, passwords stored this way are often reused, vulnerable to hacking, and vulnerable to social engineering.

The benefits of password management

When it comes to the best option for password management, the simple answer is: use a password manager!

Not only can you store all of your saved passwords in one secure location, a great password manager will also offer plenty of other benefits that will actually add convenience to your digital life, rather than slowing it down.

1Password makes it a breeze to create and store passwords for all of your online accounts with just a few clicks. But you can do a lot more than just store passwords:

Saving and storing passwords for iPhone, iPad, and Mac with 1Password

iPhone and iPad

Set up Password Autofill on an iOS device

Before you can use 1Password to save your logins and sign in on your iOS devices, you’ll need to set up 1Password on your device. Then follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Passwords, then tap Password Options.
  3. Turn on AutoFill Passwords and Passkeys.
  4. Select 1Password.

From now on, you’ll be able to save passwords or passkeys and sign in on your iPhone or iPad, without ever opening the 1Password app.

Save, create, and autofill passwords on an iOS device

To save, create, or fill a password, open an app or visit a website you want to sign in to on your iPhone or iPad, then follow these steps.


To create a new login or store passwords on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Open the 1Password app.
  2. Click + New Item.
  3. Click Password from the menu.
  4. In the New Item window pop-up, name the item you are creating.
  5. Click the username field and type in your username.
  6. Click the password field and select Create a New Password.
  7. Click save.

Universal Autofill on Mac

With 1Password and Universal Autofill, you can fill your usernames and passwords everywhere you need to sign in on your Mac, like all your apps and websites, anywhere you’re asked to log in as an administrator on your Mac, and when you run sudo commands in your terminal app.

Plus, not only will you be able to use 1Password for Mac to fill your usernames and passwords without opening the 1Password app, you can also take advantage of keyboard shortcuts. Use the Command-Backslash keyboard shortcut to fill in an app or browser, and use 1Password’s Quick Access (Shift-Command-Space) to find and fill your logins.

Saving and storing passwords for Android with 1Password

Set up Autofill on an Android device

Before you can use 1Password to fill and save your passwords on an Android phone or device, you’ll need to set up 1Password on your device. Then follow these steps:

  1. Open and unlock 1Password.
  2. Tap the picture of your account or collection at the top right and choose Settings > Autofill. If you’re using a tablet, tap your account or collection at the top of the sidebar.
  3. Tap Autofill to turn it on.
  4. In the list of Autofill services, tap 1Password, then tap OK.

To turn on filling suggestions above the keyboard or in a dropdown, tap “Show filling suggestions”.

Autofill, save, and create passwords on an Android device

To fill, save, or create a password, open an app or visit a website you want to sign in to on an Android device, then follow these steps.

Saving and storing passwords in Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge with 1Password

Open your preferred web browser and navigate to the website you want to save or create a login for. Then, follow these steps:

Save an existing login

  1. To save a login, enter your username and password. Then choose Save in 1Password.
  2. You can edit the name of the login and the vault where you want to save it. Then click Save.
  3. 1Password will save your username and password, along with the information entered in other fields.

Sign up for a new account on a website

1Password will create a strong password for you whenever you sign up for an account on a website.

  1. Enter your account details on the sign-up page. 1Password may suggest usernames and email addresses from your Identity items.
  2. Click the 1Password icon in the password field and choose Use Suggested Password.
  3. 1Password will ask you to save your new login. Click Save.

Hassle-free security

Deciding to use a password manager is a great first step toward keeping yourself safe online. That said, all the security you can get doesn’t make a difference if a password manager doesn’t actually make your life easier. 1Password does.

  • Works on all of your devices. Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, and Linux.
  • Works in all your browsers. Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Brave.
  • Saves you time. 1Password autofills passwords, addresses, credit cards, and more so you never have to type them out again.
  • Alerts you to security issues. Find out about security issues so you can take action immediately.
  • Stores more than just passwords. Login credentials, passcodes, documents, secure notes, software licenses, medical records, passport info, and much more can be kept safe in 1Password.
  • Helps you share securely. Securely share individual items stored in 1Password, like the Wi-Fi password or alarm code, with anyone – even if they don’t use 1Password.

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