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There's a page I frequently access on my iPhone that's protected by HTTP authentication, and I'm finding it annoying having to type in my username and password every time I want to access it. I tried saving the logged-in page as a home screen icon, but I'm still prompted every time. There isn't option to save my password when I'm logging in, and I can't find one in the settings either.

Is this possible?

example authentication screen to show what I'm referring to

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It seems that Safari on iOS doesn't support this natively. You have a couple options:


If you're not too worried about security, you can embed the username and password in the link itself, and bookmark that:

(Also of note: it sounds like iOS may pop up a warning when you visit a link that includes a username and password.)


There is another browser called Atomic Web Browser [App Store link] that can autofill HTTP authentication, among many other neat features.

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Adding the username and password in the URL in a bookmark is clever - I can't find a way to do it on the device, but I'll try creating it on my Mac and syncing it over. Thanks! –  Kyle Cronin Mar 22 '12 at 22:17
It's easy to do on the device. Bookmark the page you want to autofill authentication for and then go to edit the bookmark by holding down on it and choosing edit. In this windows you are able to edit the url to add the username and password like above. –  Sirens Sep 13 at 19:11

You can do this with the app 1Password. You just have to use the browser inside of the app.

Create a login in the app with the appropriate URL, username and password.

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Mercury browser will also save Basic Authentication on iOS and is a free download.

Be sure to finish typing and then press "Save" before logging in. You may have to do it a couple times for different parts of the site.

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