iOS 15.4 Beta iCloud Keychain no longer saves passwords without usernames

iCloud Keychain continues to get stronger across all of Apple’s platforms, 9to5 Mac reports. With the upcoming releases of iOS 15.4, macOS 12.3, and iPadOS 15.4, Apple is making it easier for you to save passwords by addressing a major pain point in password changes and new account creation.

This is a likely situation for anyone using iCloud Keychain as a password manager. Sometimes Safari helps you create a strong, unique password for a new website or service, but it doesn’t correctly assign that password to your username. Instead, the password is silently saved in your iCloud Keychain with no username attached, which can make it difficult to recognize when you need to log in again.

However, with the release of iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4 and macOS 12.3 betas, Apple is taking steps to simplify the process. If you create a new password and Safari isn’t sure which username the password belongs to, you’ll see a popup asking you to enter your account’s username on that particular website.

It’s a small change, but it addresses a major pain point with the current iCloud Keychain. This change should make it much less likely that you will end up with a password that isn’t assigned to a username. Not only does this further simplify the login process, but it also makes it easier for users to create unique and strong passwords for each website they visit.

Another change to iCloud Keychain in iOS 15.4 is support for adding notes to your saved logins. This is a feature that many third-party password managers have supported for years.

iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4, and macOS 12.3 are currently in developer and public preview testing. They are expected to be released to the public sometime in mid-March.