How to Use Passkeys on iPhone, iPad, or Mac

How to Use Passkeys on iPhone, iPad, or Mac

What there is to know

  • Create a password on the supported site: Sign in to the account, find the Password option in security settings, then follow the instructions.
  • To then use a passkey: On the sign-in screen, choose the option Passkey > email address > verify with Face ID or Touch ID.
  • Access Keys are available on iOS 16 and later, iPadOS 16 and later, and macOS Ventura and later.

Passkeys are Apple’s version of a well-known and widely used standard security technology for the purpose of eliminating passwords. This article provides step-by-step instructions on creating and using a passkey on an iPhone or other Apple devices.

How to Create a Passcode on an iPhone

Creating a passcode using an iPhone is relatively simple. However, to create one, you must have:

  • An iPhone running iOS 16 or higher
  • An account with a site or app that supports security keys.

Assuming you meet these requirements, here’s how to create a password:

The screenshots in this article show the process of creating a password for Best Buy. These exact steps only apply to this website. For different sites, the specific steps will likely be different, but the concepts are still the same.

  1. After logging into your account, go to the account settings section, find security options.

  2. The name of the menu that allows you to create a Passkey will be different on each site. It may be called Passkey, or FIDO2 or FIDO credential, or CTAP, face or fingerprint, or WebAuthn. All of these names refer to the same technology that Apple uses to create security keys.

  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to create the passkey. Your password will be saved in your iCloud Keychain like a normal password so you can use it whenever you want to log back into that website.

When you create an access key, it is specific to the site where you created it, just like a password. So for each site, app, or account you want to use an access key with, you’ll need to create a separate access key (assuming the site you want to use it with supports access keys , sure).

How to Use a Passcode on an iPhone

Once you’ve seen an access key for a compatible site or app, you won’t need to use your password again. You can use the much more secure passkey instead. Here’s how:

Again, this shows the process of logging into Best Buy with a Passkey, but the basics apply to any site that supports Passkeys.

  1. Go to the site for which you created an access key. On the sign-in screen, tap the Passkey option (at Best Buy, the iOS Sign In with WebAuthn option, but remember that Passkey has many different names).

  2. Press the E-mail address field and enter the address requested by your iPhone.

  3. In the pop-up window that asks if you want to sign in using your password, tap Continue.

  4. Authorize with Face ID or Touch ID and you will be logged into your account.

    Unlike other uses of Face ID or Touch ID, like with Apple Pay, you can’t enter your device’s passcode. Passkeys only work with biometric security provided by Face ID or Touch ID.

What is an Apple Passkey and why is it beneficial?

A password can look a lot like a traditional password and isn’t necessarily worth following these steps. However, the more you know about Passkeys, the clearer their benefits seem.

Security keys are based on a long-standing security practice of using an encryption key pair. In this situation, each Passkey you create has both a public key and a private key, which are associated with each other. When you configure an access key, the public and private keys are created. Your device sends the public key to the website you want to connect to, then uses the private key, which never leaves your device unlike a password, to verify that you are really you.

As mentioned above, the private key can only be used with the public key to access your account when using Face ID or Touch ID. This is a crucial aspect of Passkeys: since these systems are so secure and it is so difficult to fake your biometric data, the security is extremely high.

So the benefits of using a Passkey instead of a password include:

  • There is no password to steal: Because Passkeys works with a pair of keys that can only be unlocked once together and with biometrics, phishing and hacking to steal your password literally can’t work. It’s pretty secure!
  • The password remains on your device: Passwords should be stored on the computers of the company you have an account with. This means the password can be stolen from you or the company. It’s two risks. With Passkey, the highly secure private key always stays on your device, reducing risk.
  • Face ID and Touch ID are highly secure: Apple’s biometric security systems are powerful and extremely difficult to fool, so the likelihood of them being hacked is low.
  • Syncs with iCloud Keychain on all devices: Once you’ve created a passkey, it’s synced using iCloud Keychain across all your Apple devices using the same Apple ID. It’s easy!
  • Compatible with non-Apple devices and security devices: Even though your Passkeys are stored on your Apple devices, you can use them on non-Apple devices via a shared QR code. Access Keys can also support security key fobs used in many corporate environments.


  • How do I find my Bluetooth passkey on an iPhone?

    Bluetooth devices don’t regularly require a password to set up and they don’t use Apple’s passkeys, but you might get a PIN, password, or passcode. is requested during pairing. If this happens, using the default code “0000” or “1234” should work.

  • How do I access my saved access keys on my iPhone or iPad?

    Open Settings and select Passwords, then enter your device password (or use Face ID or Touch ID) when prompted. From here, you can freely browse a list of sites and apps that have passwords and authentication keys associated with them, and select one to see the details. You can also update or delete access keys from this list.

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