Are you looking for a way to export all your Safari passwords to a new Mac without entering them one by one? Luckily, it is possible to do so with a few quick workarounds.
To transfer Safari passwords to a new Mac, open the Safari browser, export the passwords in CSV format, and save the file on your device. Next, plug in a USB/external drive, copy the CSV file, plug the drive into the new Mac, and save the file in the internal drive. Open Safari on the new Mac and import the file from “File” > “Import From.”
To make things easy for you, we took the time to write a comprehensive step-by-step guide on transferring Safari passwords to a new Mac!
- Exporting Safari Passwords on Mac
Transferring Safari Passwords to a New Mac
- Method #1: Using a USB/External Drive
- Method #2: Using iCloud Keychain
- Method #3: Using AirDrop
- Method #4: Using 1Password
- Frequently Asked Questions
Exporting Safari Passwords on Mac
Before transferring Safari passwords to a new Mac, it is essential to export them by creating a CSV file on your old Mac with the following steps.
- Open Safari.
- Select “Safari,” click “Preferences,” and choose “Passwords.”
- Enter your Mac’s admin password and click the three horizontal dots.
- Select “Export Passwords.”
- Choose “Export Passwords” again.
- Pick a destination on your Mac, click “Save,” name the file in the CSV format, and that’s about it.
Transferring Safari Passwords to a New Mac
If you’re struggling with transferring Safari passwords to a new Mac, follow our 4 step-by-step methods without breaking a sweat!
Method #1: Using a USB/External Drive
- Export Safari passwords on your old Mac by creating a password CSV file.
- Plug in a USB/external drive, and transfer the password CSV file.
- Unplug the USB/external drive safely and plug it into your new Mac.
- Import the CSV file to your new Mac’s desktop.
- Open Safari, click “File,” and select “Import From.”
- Select the password CSV file, click “Import,” and enter your Mac’s admin password.
Method #2: Using iCloud Keychain
Follow these steps to transfer Safari passwords to a new Mac using iCloud Keychain.
Step #1: Enabling iCloud Keychain on the Old Mac
In the first step, click the Apple menu on your old Mac’s desktop and select “System Preferences.” Now, click your name, choose “Apple ID,” and toggle the button beside “Passwords & Keychain.”
Then, type your Apple ID password and click “OK.”
You can also enable iCloud Keychain on iOS devices using identical steps.
Step #2: Transferring Safari Passwords to the New Mac Using iCloud Keychain
In the next step, log in to your Apple ID on the new Mac device, open Spotlight, and find “Keychain Access.” Open the feature and select “login” to see transferred Safari passwords on your new Mac.
Next, launch Safari, go to a website you want to log in to, and select the “Username” field. Click the pop-up showing you an option to access iCloud Keychain passwords, and you’re done!
Method #3: Using AirDrop
Another way to transfer Safari passwords to a new Mac is by using AirDrop with the following steps.
Step #1: Turning On AirDrop
In the first step, open Finder from the Dock on your old Mac. Then, choose “AirDrop,” select “Allow me to be discovered by,” and click “Everyone.”
Repeat the same steps on your new Mac and make sure that the device is discoverable by everyone.
Step #2: Transferring Safari Passwords to the New Mac Using AirDrop
In the second step, export Safari passwords on your old Mac by creating a password CSV file. Now, open Finder, select “Recents,” and click the password CSV file.
Select the share icon, choose “AirDrop,” and select your new Mac device.
Step #3: Importing Safari Passwords on the New Mac
In the final step, accept the file on your new Mac. Open Safari, click “File,” and select “Import From.” Select the CSV file, click “Import,” and enter your Mac’s admin password.
Method #4: Using 1Password
- Export Safari passwords on your old Mac by creating a CSV file.
- Open Safari, search for the 1Password website, and sign up/log in with your credentials.
- Select your name, choose “Import,” and click “iCloud Passwords.”
- Click “Private vault.”
- Open File Browser, browse to the saved CSV file, and click “Import.”
- Open Safari on your new Mac, search for the 1Password website, and log in.
- Export the file, and all Safari passwords will automatically be transferred to your new Mac.
In this guide, we’ve discussed how to transfer Safari passwords to a new Mac. We have also discussed exporting Safari passwords on a Mac.
Hopefully, your problem is resolved in this article, and you can now export saved passwords directly to save yourself from the hassle of remembering them!
Frequently Asked Questions
If iCloud Keychain is not working on your Mac, there is a chance you may have erased the settings/items accidentally. To resolve this error, open Spotlight search, find “Keychain Access,” and open it. Now, select “Preferences,” choose “General,” and click “Reset My Default Keychain.” Then, enter your Mac’s admin password for authentication.