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1Password, the popular password manager for iOS, OS X and Windows by developer AgileBits, today received a nice little update in the App Store which bumped the app to version 5.5 and brought out a couple notable improvements.

In addition to a brand new quick vault switcher, 1Password 5.5 contains improvements to TouchID authentication, shared lock settings, browsing Credit Card items on your Apple Watch and other tidibts.

Quick vault switching

A new vault switcher allows you to efficiently switch between your vaults (databases that securely store all your 1Password items) with two quick taps.

As shown below, to switch vaults first tap the new Vault icon in the upper left corner to bring up the all-new quick vault switcher. Now select a vault and voilà—you’re instantly switched to it.

1Password 5.5 for iOS quick vault switcher

Touch ID improvements

Before today, 1Password’s Master Password prompt lacked an option to scan your fingerprint. What that meant was that tapping Cancel on the Touch ID prompt brought up the Master Password requiring you to enter your PIN.

The Master Password screen in 1Password 5.5 is now more flexible due to a brand new fingerprint icon which lets you authenticate via Touch ID even after tapping Cancel on the initial login prompt or upon three unsuccessful fingerprint scans in a row.

1Password 5.5 for iOS Touch ID improvements

Tip: After restarting your device or reaching the Master Password timeout, the new fingerprint icon won’t appear on the Master Password screen. In those situations, the Master Password will still be needed for security purposes.

Shared lock settings

The app’s extension now shares the lock timeout values set in the main 1Password app. Now when you unlock 1Password using Touch ID, the main iPhone and iPad app will remember as long as you haven’t reached your lock timeout the next time you launch it.

“The extension and the main app now share unlock settings, so when you unlock the main app, the extension will remember this and use Touch ID,” wrote developers.

Credit Card PINS on your Apple Watch

You can select which 1Password items will be accessible through the Apple Watch app by tagging them with “Apple Watch” or by tapping on Add to Apple Watch in the item details screen.

But if you made a Credit Card item available on the wearable device, a crucial piece of information was missing: a card’s PIN number. AgileBits saw to that in 1Password 5.5 as Credit Card items on your Apple Watch now show the PIN field.

Other changes

A number of small fixes and enhancements are available in 1Password 5.5 aside from the aforementioned improvements.

One important security-focused improvement deals with 1Browser, the app’s built-in web browser: entering your username and password on an unsecured HTTP site when the URL you’ve saved is for a secure HTTPS site now yields a warning message.

Other aspects of the app like Large Type, translations and more have been updated, too. The full changelog for 1Password 5.5 for iOS is available in AgileBits’ FAQ or via the in-app Message Center located within 1Password’s settings.

Availability

1Password for iOS is available in a freemium basis.

The basic edition gives you basic password management features, with a one-time $9.99 In-App Purchase to 1Password Pro unlocking additional advanced features, including:

  • Multiple and Shared vaults
    • Collaborate securely between team members
    • Share strong passwords with the whole family
    • Automatic sync keeps everyone up-to-date
  • Additional categories including driver’s license, passport and many more
  • Organize your data into folders or browse by tags
  • Customize your items with multiple URLs, custom fields and more

The 72.8-megabyte app requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.2 or later.

The app is optimized for the native display resolution of the iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and features a WatchKit component with an Apple Watch app to quickly access 1Password items tagged with “Apple Watch”.

The app is localized in English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese and Turkish.

Grab 1Password for iOS at no charge in the App Store.

1Password for Mac is available in the Mac App Store for $49.99.

  • Does anyone use this?

    Is the hassle of using a password manager worth it? What about when you don’t have access to it?

    • Chris

      I’ve used and only ever used 1Password for almost 4 years, before then I used the classic text file approach which I almost lost a couple of times because of HDD issues.

      At first, moving everything into 1Password was a nightmare but after about 3-4 days I found that around 80% of my passwords were far too weak or had issues.

      Nowadays, I have around 1200 entries encrypted, backed up on Dropbox, iCloud and Google Drive which is available on my PC, MacBook Pro and iPhone. Getting locked out is pretty difficult considering I now only remember my master password rather than 1200 separate ones.

      In my experience, it’s worth it.

      • What if you’re at someone else’s computer, and your phone is dead?

        (I don’t have a laptop)

      • Chris

        That’s a risk, but I generally keep my phone charged before I leave to go anywhere.

      • Can you log into the 1Password website to access passwords from anywhere?

      • Chris

        No, if you sync via Dropbox you can use 1PasswordAnywhere, but that, of course, requires you to have your keychain file synced first.

  • bartek

    I use it. I always have my phone with me, and on my desktop I also have 1password installed. It works great.

  • Yujin

    Did they fix the annoying issues where it freezes for like a minute + after opening the app?