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How To Share Passwords With Others in macOS Sonoma Using iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain is built-in to all Apple devices, allowing you to keep your passwords and other secure information updated and accessible across all of your devices. And in macOS Sonoma, Apple has adds the ability to share passwords via iCloud Keychain with other users.

According to Apple, iCloud Keychain remembers things so that you don’t have to. It autofills your information—like your Safari and app usernames and passwords, passkeys, credit card information and security codes, and Wi-Fi passwords on any device that you approve.

How to turn on iCloud Keychain on a Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Settings (or System Preferences). 
  2. Click your name, then click iCloud. In earlier versions of macOS, click Apple ID, then click iCloud in the sidebar.
System Settings > Name > iCloud
System Settings > Name > iCloud
  1. Turn on Password & Keychain. (With macOS Catalina or later, two-factor authentication is required to turn on iCloud Keychain. If you haven’t set it up yet, you’re prompted to update to two-factor authentication.)
Password & Keychain
Password & Keychain
  1. If you choose to “Approve Later” when signing in to your Apple ID, you need to approve with an old passcode or from another device when prompted. If you’re unable to approve, reset your end-to-end encrypted data when prompted.

Shared Passwords to iCloud

The additions to Apple’s built-in password manager and its integration with iCloud Keychain allow macOS 14 Sonoma users to share passwords with groups of people. That is if those folks are also running macOS 14 Sonoma, iOS 17 or iPadOS 17.

Here’s how to create a shared password group: 

Open Settings > Passwords, then click Get Started in the “Share Passwords with Family” option.

Share Passwords with Family
Share Passwords with Family

After reading the introduction to the feature, click Continue.


Next, give your shared group a name and click Add People.

Add People
Add People

Type or click the person or people you want to add, then click Add.

Choose which passwords to share, and click Move.

Choose passwords
Choose passwords

That’s it. However, you can create multiple shared password groups, as well as add or remove passwords, and add or remove people.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
Contributing Author
Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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