iCloud Password

New in OS X Yosemite is the ability to use your iCloud Password to log in to OS X and unlock your screen. It’s a convenient way to lessen the amount of passwords that you need to use and manage.

With that in mind, you’ll need to be logged in with your iCloud account to enable iCloud Password. Check out our video walkthrough after the jump to see how to do just that.

Yosemite will prompt you on first setup to enable iCloud Password once you log in with your iCloud account. If you decline during this initial setup, Yosemite will allow you to enable iCloud Password later. This can be done by going to System Preferences → Users & Groups → Change Password, and clicking the Use iCloud Password button.

What do you think about using iCloud Password instead of a normal password on your Mac? Would you consider enabling this new feature due to its convenience factor, or would you prefer to keep the two entities separate?

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  • Landroverz7

    Only problem with using this feature is that automatic login becomes disabled.

  • Could we not do this before? I mean just make the passwords the same? Or did it not allow special characters?

    • Jon Anscher

      Before, if you changed your iCloud password, your login password would not change. Now, they are tied together. Useful if you have multiple Macs you log into. Change the password once and it updates for all machines.

  • mathewparet

    If I enable “use iCloud password” and after setup is successful. What happens if I try to login later and my internet is down? Will it work? Will I ever go to lockout
    (i.e. i don’t connect to internet for a very long time?)

    • Jon Anscher

      It stores the password locally, no internet needed. If you change your iCloud password, but have not connected your computer to the Internet since he change, then you’ll need to use your old password still until reconnecting to the Internet.

      • ToeKnee

        It’s not ready for prime time. I just had a friend yesterday who could not log into her new MacBook Pro using the iCloud password that she had just set the day before. I surmised the problem might be the lack of network connection at my house, but there is no way to connect the computer to a wireless network while not logged in. With no Ethernet port or adapter handy, I found out the name of an open network she had connected to the day before, set my home router to that SSID, the MBP connected, and then the same iCloud password worked fine to login. She had not changed the iCloud password since setting up the iCloud account several days before and had used the computer several times in between online, just fine. The caching of credentials apparently needs work.

      • dwskau

        This is still a problem on 10.10.3 – if you have no internet when the computer boots, the accounts using iCloud passwords don’t even show up as an account to log in.

  • Guest

    But before, if you changed your iCloud password, your login password would not change. Now, they are tied together. Useful if you have multiple Macs you log into. Change the password once and it updates for all machines.