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How To Stop Keychain Pop-Ups on Mac


Are you annoyed by the continuous pop-up messages from Keychain on your Mac while you are doing your work? Fortunately, there are multiple ways to get rid of them.

Quick Answer

To stop Keychain pop-ups on your Mac, launch the Keychain Access app and click “Login” in the left pane. Click “Edit” and select ‘Change Settings for Keychain “login”‘. Click the “Lock after” checkbox and enter the number of minutes of your choice, or select “Lock when sleeping” and click “Save”.

To make things easier for you, we have written a comprehensive guide on how to stop Keychain pop-ups on your Mac with easy-to-follow instructions. 

Stopping Keychain Pop-Ups on Your Mac

If you don’t know how to stop the keychain pop-ups on your Mac, our following 7 step-by-step methods will help you accomplish this task effortlessly.

Method #1: Changing the Lock Settings

To stop your Keychain Access app from asking for your password frequently, change the lock settings in the following way.

  1. Click Finder on the Dock.
  2. Navigate to “Applications” > “Utilities”.
  3. Open “Keychain Access” and select “login” in the left pane.
  4. Click “Edit” and choose the ‘Change Settings for Keychain “login”‘ option.
  5. Click “Lock after” and enter the number of minutes you wish to lock the Keychain after.
  6. Click “Save”.
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You can also select “Lock when sleeping” to lock your device and only enter your password after your Mac has gone to sleep.

Method #2: Removing Keychain Temporarily

To get rid of the Keychain pop-ups on your Mac, remove them temporarily using the following simple steps.

  1. Click the Apple logo at the top-left of the menu bar.
  2. Click “System Preferences”.
  3. Click “Apple ID”.
  4. Uncheck “Keychain” to remove it temporarily.
  5. Select “Keep on This Mac” to save your passwords for later use.
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  6. Restart your Mac.

To add the Keychain whenever you wish, follow the same steps and check the “Keychain” option in the “Apple ID” section.

Method #3: Resetting Keychain

If you are getting too many Keychain pop-ups on your Mac, you can stop them by resetting them in the following way.

  1. Select Finder and navigate to “Applications” > “Utilities”.
  2. Open “Keychain Access”.
  3. Choose “Preferences”.
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  4. Choose “Reset My Default Keychain”.
  5. Enter your new, secure Keychain password and click “OK”.
  6. Log out of the app and log in again with the new password.
  7. Select “Create new” to completely reset your iCloud Keychain.

Method #4: Deleting Individual Items

To stop unnecessary pop-ups from Keychain on your Mac, remove the problematic item from the app in the following way.

  1. Click Finder on the Dock.
  2. Go to “Applications” > “Utility”.
  3. Open “Keychain Access” and open the “login” tab.
  4. Right-click the item you wish to delete from the list.
  5. Select “Delete”.
  6. Enter your password if prompted.

That’s all you need to do.

Method #5: Deleting iCloud Keychain

If you are tired of receiving pop-ups of Keychain on your Mac when you have no use for it, delete it completely using these easy steps.

  1. Click Command + Space simultaneously to open Spotlight search.
  2. Type “Key” in the given field.
  3. Open “Keychain Access” from the results.
  4. Navigate to the “File” tab.
  5. Click ‘Delete Keychain “login”‘.

Now, all your passwords and all the data in your Keychain would be deleted.

Method #6: Removing AutoFill Passwords on Safari

To stop your Mac from asking to save your Keychain password, disable the AutoFill password option in the Safari browser in the following way.

  1. Access Safari and open the menu by clicking “Safari” at the top left corner.
  2. Navigate to “Preferences” > “AutoFill”.
  3. Uncheck all items in front of “AutoFill web forms”.
  4. Open the “Passwords” tab.
  5. Unselect “AutoFill usernames and passwords”.
  6. Restart Safari.

Method #7: Clearing Cache

If you want to get rid of the Keychain pop-ups on your Mac, remove the malicious websites and data from your Safari browser in the following way.

  1. Launch Safari and click “Safari” at the top left corner to open the menu.
  2. Navigate to “Preferences” > “Advanced” and check the “Show Develop menu in menu bar” option.
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  3. Expand the “Develop” menu and select “Empty Caches”.
  4. Open the “History” menu and select “Clear History‚Ķ.”
  5. Select “All history” on the pop-up dialogue and click “Clear History”.
  6. Go to “Privacy” > “Manage Website Data” and click “Remove All” in the pop-up menu.


In this guide, we have discussed how to stop Keychain pop-ups on Mac by changing lock settings, removing, resetting, deleting Keychain, clearing cache, etc.

Hopefully, your query has been resolved, and you can do your work on Mac peacefully without any distractions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Keychain password the same as Apple ID?

Most of the time, your user password and login Keychain password are the same. However, if your Keychain password differs from your login password, you will be asked to enter it every time you open Keychain.

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