Apple Password Manager Now Available in Third-Party Browsers

Apple's password manager breaks free of Safari, and comes to Chrome, Edge, and other browsers.

Apple has just released a new update to macOS Sonoma that brings its Password Manager to Chrome, Microsoft Edge and other browsers.

This update means that Mac users who prefer to use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or another browser can now take advantage of Apple‘s powerful password manager.

We explain how to install the MacOS Sonoma Beta, and how to use Apple’s password manager from any browser.

What Does the Apple Password Manager do?

On July 12, tech giant Apple announced the first public beta of macOS Sonoma — the next major update for macOS that will be available to everyone this fall. The macOS Sonoma update comprises various new features, including the Apple Password Manager development.

In addition to the Chrome extension, Apple has also released an iCloud Passwords extension for Microsoft Edge. This extension is available from the Microsoft Edge Add-ons store.

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The extension will automatically autofill passwords and one-time codes, and it will also generate strong passwords for new websites.

In addition to the convenience factor, Apple Password Manager also offers a number of security benefits. Apple’s password manager uses end-to-end encryption to protect your passwords, and it also includes features like two-factor authentication and password auditing. This makes it a very secure way to store your passwords.

The Apple Password Manager becoming available on third-party browsers makes it possible for Mac users to use Apple’s password manager no matter which browser they prefer. Plus, it makes it easier for users to switch browsers without having to worry about losing their passwords.

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How to install the MacOS Sonoma Beta

If you are interested in using Apple Password Manager in public Beta, here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Go to Apple’s beta software portal.
  2. If you haven’t installed a public beta before, sign up with your Apple ID.
  3. Click macOS.
  4. Download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility.
  5. Run the .PKG file to sign up for beta updates.
  6. Open Software Update and install the beta.

How to Use Apple Password Manager on Any Browser

  1. Make sure that you are running macOS Sonoma or later.
  2. Install the iCloud Passwords Chrome extension or the iCloud Passwords Microsoft Edge extension.
  3. Sign in to your iCloud account in the extension.
  4. Start using your Apple passwords in Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

Other New Features from the macOS Sonoma Update

The Apple Password Manager update was not the only new feature for Mac users to look forward to this fall: 

  • This update includes interactive widgets for the desktop, making widgets more useful and more prominent. You can even use your iPhone widgets on your Mac’s desktop through a new Continuity feature.
  • There is also a new game mode designed to limit distractions while playing games.
  • Apple is also getting more serious about teleconferencing, with a new overlay feature that cuts out the speaker, playing them in front of a dynamic background. There are also new effects like fireworks.
  • The new desktop browser is also getting improved wallpapers, including a shot of Sonoma. Safari’s getting a bunch of new features, including locking for private browsing and web apps that can be added to the system’s dock.
  • There will be new functionality to keep your work and personal browsing profiles separate, along with increasing privacy safeguards
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