iOS 12 Brings AirDrop Password Sharing, Here’s Everything You Need To Know

With iOS 12 here already, we have been posting some of its best features and additions it brought into the iOS platform, likewise, we today have something new, which is capable to bring the ability to AirDrop password sharing directly from your iPhone, iPad or even Mac. Here are the details – most importantly, on how it works.

The iOS 12 now still in its initial beta phase and in the hands of developers as well as anyone willing to stump up the money to get into the Apple Developer program we continue to learn new things about the software that will ultimately power all iOS devices at the end of this year.

And of course, there is no doubt rather be plenty of changes over the coming weeks and months, but as it is right now the release is looking very promising indeed.

Smaller but very useful enhancements in iOS 12 continue to surface as beta testers spend quality time with the update. Password managers are a great way to keep your logins secure. Instead of using Post-It Notes or spreadsheets to keep track of your personal passwords. Managers like 1Password – and Apple’s new password management options and API in iOS 12 – allow you to store unique and difficult to crack passwords in a way that is easily accessible and secure.

Since Apple dropped iOS 12 in beta 1 we have been sharing some of the less well-publicized features to find their way, and today we have another one, called AirDrop Password sharing.

There are lots of reasons you might want to share a password, and Apple has made it much easier in the new iOS 12 Beta. You can share passwords with other people directly from the iOS Password Manager via AirDrop.

This feature is new and is one that will be of great intent to those who need to get complex and secure passwords from one iOS device to another and do not wants to do something like sending them via iMessage or another messaging service. Once iOS 12 installed on both devices, users can securely send passwords via AirDrop, the same protocol that is normally used for sending things like image between devices.

In order to take advantage of the feature in its current state, users need to head on over to Settings > Passwords & Accounts > Website & App Passwords. Then, select a login, tap on the password field and an option to AirDrop the login will appear. Selecting the latter will bring up the standard AirDrop controls, allowing a recipient to be selected.

On the receiving device the new password will go straight into the same passwords section within the Settings app and if an entry still exists, the user will be prompted to either update that password or cancel the process if they wish to.

As mentioned above, the login can be AirDropped to any iOS 12 or macOS Mojave device. Users on both devices are required to authenticate via Touch ID or Face ID (or a regular old password, depending on which Mac you have) before the password can be sent or saved.

iOS 12 AirDrop Password Sharing

The new password management API (and this sharing system) is meant to streamline and simplify the way passwords work on iOS devices. In fact, in this case, Apple will automatically suggest strong, unique passwords, with iOS 12 offering the tools to create, store, and retrieve passwords no matter where an account is created.

Well! The new features iOS 12 brings will work in both third-party apps like 1Password, as well as Safari. All passwords will be stored in iCloud Keychain no matter where they are created and they are synced across all of your devices.

For third=party password apps, such as 1Password or LastPass, Apple is adding a new Password AutoFill Extension that will let these password management apps to supply autofill passwords in apps and Safari, making it pretty simple and easier to enter a password stored in an app like 1Password or LastPass.

Anything that makes it easier to create and then implement secure passwords in iOS 12 is a big win in our book. Also new in iOS 12 is another feature that lets you ask Siri to get your passwords. With a simple command like “Siri, show me my passwords,” Siri will open up your iCloud Keychain after you authenticate your identity with a fingerprint, a Face ID scan, or a passcode.

iOS 12 beta 1 is now available as a developer download, with Public betas expected later on this month and a final public release expected in early fall.

Stay tuned for more updates:

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