AirDrop lets you send many types of data to people around you who are receptive to it, but one of the lesser-known things is the password.
Since AirDrop is short-range and encrypted between devices, it’s a safe way to transfer a password to someone else or even to another of your devices if you haven’t turned it on. iCloud Keychain for syncing.
Here’s how to do it:
- In iOS 14 or iPadOS 14, go to “Settings> Passwords” (older versions of iOS locate passwords in the settings locations); On macOS, open Safari and go to ‘Safari> Preferences> Passwords’.
- Unlock access to passwords with Face ID, Touch ID, or your password.
- Select a password entry in iOS / iPadOS; In macOS, select it then click on “Details”.
- Tap or click the “Share” icon and an AirDrop share sheet will appear.
- Tap or click the recipient nearby.
- The recipient receives the entry in the appropriate location for the operating system: in ‘Settings> Passwords’ for iOS or iPadOS and in the ‘Passwords’ tab in Safari preferences for macOS. The recipient can rename or edit the entry before storing it.
Remember that AirDrop only displays the destinations of people who have opted in to receive incoming messages from Everyone or if you are in their contact list. If you can’t see their device on your list, have them temporarily change their AirDrop settings or add your iCloud address to their contacts entry for you.
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