Te best password manager for iPhones and iPads doesn't come from Apple – in our view, the best choice you can make is 1Password, closely followed by the likes of Dashlane and LastPass.
Yes, Apple's own iCloud Keychain is a great tool for remembering passwords on your iPhone. But, this is optimized for Apple-only devices. If you need something to log you in securely, whether you're doing so via your iPhone, a work PC running Windows or (whisper it) a future Android device you may one day want to move to, then a third-party password manager so much more flexible.
In this article, we list the top options and explain what makes each one a contender for the best password manager for iOS and MacOS.
If you want to see the best (and worst) password managers, side-by-side, take a look at our handy comparison table.
- 1Password— comfortably the best password manager we've tested, with a stunning iOS app
- Dashlane — fast, secure, and feature-rich, this manager has just one hitch: the price tag
- LastPass — a more stripped-down service for purists who want a secure, inexpensive option
- NordPass — a good value new player in the market from VPN security specialists
- Sticky Password — offers strong, flexible core functionality and a password strength checker
Tech.co took the time to test the leading brands, and we found that 1Password is the best overall, closely followed by Dashlane. If you're re-evaluating your iPhone security measures, our comparison table below ranks the competition, breaking out the most important features to consider.
All the options listed are worth taking your time to consider, and any single one of them is certainly better than going without a password manager at all. 1Password and Dashlane squeezed out the popular LastPass by a narrow margin, but, depending on your needs, Sticky Password may be right for you as well.
Our scoring is based on independent tests and assessments of features, ease of use and value.
Local Storage Option
Password Generator Function
A password manager can create secure, complex passwords for you. You won't need to remember them yourself.
Live Chat Support
Cost per year
Overall cost per year for a single user.
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BEST ON TEST
- 30 day Free Trial
- Even better than LastPass in our tests
- Local storage makes saving changed passwords more reliable
- Large number of secure note templates for storing sensitive information
- Very well-designed app
- No automated password changing feature
- Desktop app seems superfluous
- No camera integration on mobile
- Dashlane can automatically change multiple passwords at once
- Easy-to-understand security assessment of your password quality
- Auto-saves online receipts
- Virtual Private Network (VPN) included
- The free tier doesn’t backup your database to the cloud
- Very expensive compared to competitors such as 1Password and LastPass
- Free tier available
- Makes it super easy to securely log into your accounts from a web browser
- Detects when you’re using the same password on multiple sites.
- Available on all major browsers, iOS and Android
- Connection issues, though rare, can make password changes maddening.
- Password changing feature is very manual the first time round.
NordPass is one of the most affordable password managers on the market costing $2.49 per month or $29.88 per year.
It's not the most advanced password manager on the market as it lacks some features but, it's simple to use and works on MacOS devices, as well.
The iOS app is straightforward and will let you easily log into different accounts on your device. However, you aren't able to change the passwords for your accounts from within the NordPass app. Instead, you'll need to generate a password in the NordPass app and then paste the new password into the app.
It's not the best password manager on the market but it's certainly a good option.
Check out our full NordPass review for more
- Offers a completely free version
- Easy to understand UI
- Neat extra features such as a data breach scanner
- Slick setup
- Can't change passwords for accounts in the NordPass app
- Lacks some features such as a failsafe switch
- Very well priced
- The automatic login features are fantastic
- Wide browser support
- Illogical saved bookmarks feature
- Desktop app design is outdated and can be sluggish
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