iOS 12 is now rolling out to users worldwide, bringing a ton of new and improved features, stability improvements, and more to greatly improve the software experience of its mobile devices. If you’ve already gone through our list of the best new iOS 12 features, then you’d know that Apple announced the release of a new API that would allow third-party password managers to get access to the Password Autofill feature back at WWDC earlier this year. Now, with the release of iOS 12, the third-party password manager support is live.
According to a recent report from The Verge, iOS 12’s Password Autofill feature will let users import data from third-party password managers so that users don’t have to solely rely on the iCloud Keychain feature. As part of the update, popular services like 1Password, Dashlane and LastPass will now support the autofill feature by authenticating the user’s identity using Face ID, Touch ID or a pin code.
In order to make use of third-party password managers, all you need to do is head over to Settings, select Passwords & Accounts, and tap on AutoFill Passwords. From there you can select the third-party password manager of your choice. Once enabled, you’ll see a new ‘Password’ option next to a black key icon when you tap on the credentials field of any app which doesn’t keep you logged in. Tapping on the ‘Password’ option will autofill the necessary password from your password vault.
While password autofill isn’t all that useful for social media apps that keep you logged in at all times, it can really come in handy when you need to log in to banking or payments apps that log users out after every use. So, what do you think about the new third-party password manager support for password autofill? Do you think more people will use it if they’re not tethered to iCloud Keychain? Let us know in the comments below.