Securely Share Passwords with Friends & Family (iOS 17)

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If you and your family share certain accounts, like streaming services, sharing passwords is probably commonplace in your household. Thankfully, you now have the option to share passwords on your iPhone with trusted contacts.

Why You’ll Love This Tip:

  • Easily and securely share passwords with friends and loved ones.
  • Create multiple groups so you can share passwords between specific contacts.

How to Share Passwords on iPhone & iPad

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 17 or later, or iPads running iPadOS 17 or later. Learn how to update to iOS 17.

When creating your shared password group, you can select anyone to be a part of it. These can be people from your Family Sharing group or anyone from your Contacts list. Once my wife’s iPhone is updated to iOS 17, I’ll definitely be using this feature to share important account passwords that she might need access to when I’m not around. For more iPhone security advice, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, here’s how to share passwords on iPhone:

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  1. Open the Settings app and tap Passwords.

    iphone settings with passwords option circled in red
  2. You might see a message to share your passwords with your family, in which case you can just tap Get Started. If you do not see this message, tap the Plus icon.

    iphone password settings with plus icon circled in red
  3. Then, tap New Shared Group.

    iphone password settings with new shared group button circled in red
  4. Tap Continue.

    shared password and passkeys explanation screen with continue button circled in red
  5. Give your group a name.

    iphone create shared password group with group name circled in red
  6. Tap Add People under your name to add others to your group.

    iphone create shared password group with add people button circled in red
  7. Enter the names or phone numbers of anyone you want to add to the group. Note: Your contacts must be updated to iOS 17 to be added to your group.

    iphone create shared password group with contact circled in red
  8. Tap Add to add your contact to the password group.

    Add contact to password group
  9. Tap Create to create your group.

    iphone create shared password group with create button circled in red
  10. Select which passwords you want to share.

    iphone create shared password group with password selection circled in red
  11. Tap Move to move these passwords to the shared group.

    iphone create shared password group with move button circled in red

Your group will have access to the shared passwords and usernames you add to the group. Anyone who is a part of the group can also add their own accounts and passwords so that you and others can have access to them.

You can also create multiple groups, instead of sticking to just one. For example, you can have one group with just you and your roommate with whom you share your Netflix account and another group for you and a significant other with whom you share a bank account. All data in these shared groups are end-to-end encrypted, so you can rest assured that your passwords are safe.

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Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.