Apple releases iCloud Keychain for Chrome on Windows [u]

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in General Discussion edited February 2
Apple officially released iCloud Passwords for Windows, which allows Google Chrome users to sync passwords with their Macs, iPhones, and iPads. As of February 2, however, Apple appears to have pulled the update to iCloud that is required to use this extension.

Apple iCloud
Apple iCloud


Following the news that Apple would shortly be updating iCloud for Windows, the company has officially released its Keychain password feature for Google Chrome. It means that when using the new Chrome browser, and a new extension, users will be able to sync their passwords across Windows, Mac and iOS.

Initially released on February 1, by February 2 the extension remains but the required latest version of iCloud for Windows has been removed. It's not clear why Apple pulled the update, but as spotted by The 8-Bit, users were reportedly experiencing issues with the password extension.

"[The new] iCloud Passwords is a Chrome extension for Windows users that allows you to use the same strong Safari passwords you create on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac when visiting websites in Chrome on your Windows PC," says Apple in the extension's listing on the Chrome Web Store.

As well as requiring the Google Chrome browser, iCloud Passwords needs iCloud 12.0 for Windows. That in turn requires Windows 10 version 18362.145 or higher, and can be downloaded from Microsoft.

Once installed, Windows users will see an iCloud-like password prompt
Once installed, Windows users will see an iCloud-like password prompt


Once installed, iCloud Passwords will let you fill in the passwords created in Safari on Mac, iPhone, or iPad, when visiting a site in Chrome for Windows.

"[And] iCloud Passwords also saves any new passwords you create in Chrome to your iCloud Keychain so that it is also available on your Apple devices," continues Apple.

The new software appears to be rolling out. Initial users have reported some delays with either the extension or the latest version of iCloud for Windows not yet being available.

Both iCloud for Windows, and iCloud Passwords, are free to download.

Update: February 2, 2021: 05:20: Apple has pulled the extension

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    Does anybody know if this will finally allow importing passwords to Chrome for Mac, from Safari?? From what it sounds like, this is strictly a Chrome for Windows feature at the moment...
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 7
    I have the extension but the Microsoft Store won’t download version 12 of iCloud 🤨
    martinp13watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 7
    The extension was able to be installed on my Mac with minimal issue; but it doesn't seem to be usable.

    Here is the direct link to it: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/icloud-passwords/pejdijmoenmkgeppbflobdenhhabjlaj
    edited February 1 watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 7
    The extension was able to be installed on my Mac with minimal issue; but it doesn't seem to be usable.

    Here is the direct link to it: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/icloud-passwords/pejdijmoenmkgeppbflobdenhhabjlaj
    Could that be because in the description at your link it says, "Chrome on your Windows PC"
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 7

    Does anybody know if this will finally allow importing passwords to Chrome for Mac, from Safari?? From what it sounds like, this is strictly a Chrome for Windows feature at the moment...
    The extension web page says, "Chrome on your Windows PC".
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 7
    There's a big caveat to this working

    I was initially excited to use this but the massive barrier for usability is that to work it requires an install of the iCloud desktop app for windows, which I wont be able to do on my work computer. 

    the reason i use lastpass is i can use it on mobile, desktop, mac, and my work PC

    so its close. but not good enough again from apple.
    twokatmew
  • Reply 7 of 7
    twokatmewtwokatmew Posts: 30unconfirmed, member
    Agreed, and why I use Bitwarden. 

    kkqd1337 said:
    There's a big caveat to this working

    I was initially excited to use this but the massive barrier for usability is that to work it requires an install of the iCloud desktop app for windows, which I wont be able to do on my work computer. 

    the reason i use lastpass is i can use it on mobile, desktop, mac, and my work PC

    so its close. but not good enough again from apple.

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