Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple Recover an Email Account Password With macOS Keychain Access Your passwords are available in your keychain by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on April 07, 2020 reviewed by Ryan Perian Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Ryan Perian is a certified IT specialist who holds numerous IT certifications and has 12+ years' experience working in the IT industry support and management positions. our review board Article reviewed on Oct 15, 2020 Ryan Perian Apple Macs iPad Tweet Share Email Your email accounts are likely among your most frequently accessed password-based services, so losing or forgetting your email password is a big deal. However, you can recover that password easily—without using your email service's typically cumbersome lost password procedure. Your password is likely stored in what Apple calls a keychain as part of the Mac's built-in password storage function. Information in this article applies to Macs with macOS Catalina (10.15) through OS X Mavericks (10.9) and iOS devices with iOS 13, 12, or 11. What's a Keychain? Keychains contain login information such as account names and passwords in a secure, encrypted form for apps, websites, services, and other virtual places you visit on your computer. When you set up Apple Mail or another email service, iCloud Keychain prompts you to save your login name and password. This information is stored securely in a keychain on your Apple device, as well as in iCloud, if you enable it in the Mac System Preferences. If you forget your email password, you can recover it from Keychain on your Mac or an iOS device. How to Find the Keychain Access Utility Locate the Keychain Access utility on your Mac at Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access. Each user account on a Mac has a separate login and keychain. Locate a Password in Keychain Access Utility Finding a forgotten password in Keychain is relatively simple. Sort the keychains by tapping the Name or Kind column header so that your email password is easier to find. Go to the search box in the upper-right corner of the screen, enter the name of your email provider or any other detail you remember about your email account, such as your username, then press the Enter key. In the Category section of the left panel, click Passwords, and scroll until you find your email account. Double-click the relevant email account. By default, your password is not visible. Click the Show password check box and enter your login credentials to see your password. Uncheck the Show password box before you close the Keychain Access window to protect your privacy. Locate a Stored Password in the Safari App There's a simpler way to find stored passwords using the Safari application on a Mac. Open Safari, go to the Safari menu, then choose Preferences. Click the Passwords tab, then enter your Mac user account password. Enter the name of the email provider you are looking for in the search field. As you type, results appear on the screen. Select the desired account in the results to reveal the password. Access Email Passwords on iOS Devices Keychain Access syncs with iCloud, so you can use it on iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones to retrieve lost passwords. It isn't turned on by default, but you can turn it on by tapping Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Keychain and then moving the iCloud Keychain toggle switch to the On (green) position. With Keychain active, it is easy to locate forgotten passwords on your iOS devices: Tap Settings and select Passwords & Accounts. Tap Website & App Passwords. Authenticate using FaceID or Touch ID when prompted. Scroll down to the email account (or enter it in the search field to locate it) and tap it to see the email password.