How to Keep Your iCloud Data Safe Using iCloud Keychain

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Myra updated on Dec 11, 2020 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

Actually, iCloud Keychain has already been announced with iOS 7 at the year of 2013. But, this function is not as well-known as iTunes, iCould drive or other functions. Although it's not that popular, it is a great function for keeping your iCloud data safe.

What is iCloud Keychain?

iCloud Keychain is a part of iCloud, it could keep all your Apple devices updating to the latest information of Safari account and password, credit card information, Wi-Fi information, e-mail, contacts, messages and etc. As long as you have backed up to iCloud, it will have a response. These devices including anything runs on the system of iOS 7.0.3, OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later.

Why could iCloud Keychain keep iCloud data safe?

You can try to backup your iPhone to a computer and delete iCloud backup once a while. But that will waste your time.

With the control of iCloud Keychain, you devices will not sync to iCloud latest information without your permission. And, even if someone knows your iCloud Keychain security code, once he enters the code, there will be a notification on your other devices asking for approval. 

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In other words, there will be multiple security confirmations to keep your iCloud date safe before syncing.

How to set up an iCloud Keychain?

It is easy to set up an iCloud Keychain to your Apple account to keep iCloud data safe.

On iPhone:

Step 1. Go to Settings>[your name]>iCloud, if the iPhone runs on 10.3 or later. Go to Setting>iCloud, if the iPhone runs on 10.2 or earlier.

Step 2. Slide down, find iCloud Keychain and tap this option.

Step 3. Enter your Apple password as the popup panel asking.

Step 4. Set an iCloud Keychain security code.

Step 5. Set a cell phone number for getting notifications.

On Mac:

Step 1. Go to Apple menu>System Preference.

Step 2. Find iCloud and click it.

Step 3. Turn on the option of iCloud Keychain.

Step 4. Follow the instruction on the screen like iPhone.

How to use iCloud Keychain?

For example, if you have already set up the iCloud Keychain on Mac, and now you want to set iCloud Keychain on an iPhone and transfer all files from computer to this iPhone

Step 1. Go to the Settings>[your name]>iCloud and tap Keychain

Step 2. You will get a notification on Mac. Please click "View".

Step 3. Then you could click the Details to find more details and give the approval.

This is how iCloud Keychain works to keep your iCloud data safe before syncing.

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