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Ask an Expert – removing saved passwords

No time to drop into the Apple Store and ask the Genius Bar for help with your iPhone or iPad? Maybe one of our resident experts can help!

As Apple nerds, we get asked a lot of tech support questions – and some of those questions crop up time and time again. Here’s a recent query that we think will be familiar to many of you.

“How do I get rid of saved passwords in Safari?”

iOS uses a feature called Keychain to keep track of your account details for websites and apps. It’s a helpful feature, but in some circumstances, you may wish to delete these saved passwords.

Open the Settings app and tap Passwords & Accounts. Here you have a few options. If you find the feature annoying you can simply turn it off with the AutoFill Passwords toggle.

For a more nuanced approach, tap Website & App Passwords to view all your saved account details. You’ll need to use Face ID or Touch ID to access this section.

Here, you’ll find a list of every single website or app iOS is storing a username and password for. You can tap any of these to see the saved details – handy if you forgot a password and need to enter it on another device! You can even manually change the passwords if you’ve updated them without iOS noticing.

You can also swipe left on any entry to reveal a Delete button to remove all details for that service. If you want to delete a batch in one go, press Edit, tap the tick box next to as many services as you like, and then hit Delete.