While the “Face ID with a Mask” feature has got the most attention in iOS 15.4, the ability to add notes to iCloud Keychain entries on iPhone and iPad is no less user-friendly. It’s a pretty neat way to remind yourself of something important related to specific credentials. For instance, if you have an Amazon coupon, you can add a note about to the Keychain entry so that you won’t forget to cash in on the opportunity to grab exclusive deals on Amazon. Well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Let me show you how to add notes to iCloud Keychain entries and how it all works.
How to Add Notes to iCloud Keychain Entries on iPhone and iPad
What is iCloud Keychain and How Does it Work
If you are new to the Apple ecosystem, you might not be aware of iCloud Keychain and how it works. iCloud Keychain is Apple’s password manager that is built right into iOS/iPadOS and macOS. It supports iOS 7, iPadOS 13, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, or later.
The built-in password manager is designed to keep your information like Safari usernames, and passwords, Wi-Fi passwords, and credit cards updated on any device you approve. Hence, you can securely log in to websites, input Wi-Fi passwords with ease, and also autofill credit card information faster.
What about security? To ensure your information remains safeguarded against hacking, it offers end-to-end encryption. That means no one (not even Apple) can see what you have stored in Keychain. For additional protection, Apple uses 256-bit AES encryption during both storage and transmission.
Along with the built-in password authenticator, the option to add notes to login credentials is a major addition to iCloud Keychain in iOS 15. It can come in handy in several situations. Though Keychain is still nowhere near as feature-rich as the best third-party password managers like 1Password and LastPass, it seems to have covered all the bases to let you manage passwords on your iDevice with the desired convenience.
Add Notes to iCloud Keychain in iOS 15.4/iPadOS 15.4 or Later
First and foremost, make sure your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 15.4/iPadOS 15.4 or later.
1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. After that, scroll down and choose Passwords.
2. Now, authenticate with Touch ID/ Face ID or passcode.
3. Next, you should see a long list of iCloud Keychain entries. Choose an existing account entry from the alphabetical list. You can also use the search bar to quickly find a specific entry.
- Alternately, you can create a new Keychain entry and add a note to it. To do so, tap on the “+” button at the top right corner of the screen. Then, enter the website name, username, and password.
4. Under the Account Options section, tap “Add Notes”.
5. Next up, type in your notes in the input field that shows up below the Notes section.
6. In the end, make sure to tap on Done at the top right to confirm.
Since there is no restriction, you can repeat these same steps to add notes to more entries.
Easy Ways to Add Notes to Keychain Entries on iOS and iPadOS
That’s all there is about adding short notes to iCloud Keychain. Now that you know how this all-new iOS feature works, make the most of it to never forget any essential thing related to Keychain entries. The latest iteration of iOS has come up with several neat add-ons such as Smart Folder, App Privacy Report, Smart Automation, and Notification Summary. By the way, let us know your thoughts about these features and whether or not iCloud Keychain can now live up to your expectation as a native password manager.