Apple released iCloud for Windows version 12.5, featuring a dedicated password manager. The update adds an iCloud password app to your Windows computer to let you manage passwords stored in Apple’s cloud. The iCloud update for Windows users also comes with access to the new Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge extensions to let you save and manage passwords and get autocomplete, just as the password manager works by default in Safari browser on iPhone , iPad and Mac.
The iCloud password app added to the Windows machine after installing iCloud for Windows version 12.5 allows you to search the passwords you have saved in the Apple cloud. You can also add new passwords or delete existing login information directly from the new app.
In addition to the dedicated password management app, the latest iCloud update for Windows brings access to install extensions for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. They are useful if you want to enable autocompletion of passwords saved in your iCloud account. Extensions will also prompt you to save passwords and usernames to iCloud.
Credentials you save through your Windows machine are synchronized across devices. This means you will be able to access passwords and usernames saved on your Windows computer, even on your iPhone or Mac.
Apple has detailed the ways you can use the new iCloud password app on your Windows machine. You can access the app directly from the Start menu and see the saved passwords in the All passwords list which is available on the left side. It also allows you to add new passwords by clicking the + (Plus) icon next to the search bar. Also, you can delete an old password or edit it with the new details by clicking the password in the All passwords list.
It is important to note that you can use the iCloud Passwords app on your Windows computer after entering the iCloud app for Windows version 12.5 and passing two-factor authentication. The Apple device where you receive the two-factor authentication code must also have iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur 11 or later installed. The Windows computer must also have Windows Hello enabled. You can, however, use a PIN if your machine does not support biometric authentication.
That said, you can download iCloud for Windows version 12.5 from the Microsoft Store. The app is compatible with devices running Windows 10 version 18362.145 or higher and are based on x86 architecture.
Apple had already suggested the new experience for Windows devices bringing the iCloud password extension to Google Chrome. This extension was first detected in iCloud for Windows version 12 in late January. However, the Cupertino company withdrew this version of the iCloud app from the Microsoft Store.
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