How to locate a password with the macOS Keychain

I will start this out by reminding everyone that you should be using a password manager to store and protect all of your passwords. We’ve reached a point where password managers should be considered an absolute must to help with privacy and security.

That being said, if you’re a user of macOS, then there’s a way to manage your passwords with a built-in tool. Said tool is the Keychain Access tool which is built-into macOS and is ready to serve in the traditional user-friendly way of Apple apps. So, if you’re still not ready to jump on board the password manager trend (you should be), at least you have an option that’s ready to serve.

I’m going to show you how to open the Keychain Access tool and how to use it to locate (and even change) a saved password in macOS and even create a new Keychain item.

The only thing you’ll need to follow along is an Apple laptop or desktop. I’ll demonstrate it on a MacBook Pro running macOS Monterey (version 12.2.1). 

With that said, let’s get to work.

Opening the Keychain Access tool

To open the Keychain Access tool, click on the Launchpad located in the Dock. From there, type keychain

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