On a website I tried to change my login password. After typing it in once, Safari replaced it in both input fields with a generated strong password. In the menu on the bottom I tried to select “other password” (instead of the generated one), but it did not work. Also it seems the new password was submitted to the website as next time I could not log in with the old password.

The problem is, Safari did not remember the new password, so now I’m locked out of the website.

I can start a password reset process, but want first to look for other solutions. Is there any chance the password is stored somewhere?

I googled but only found “this happened to me too and I know no solution” stories.

This was on an iPad with iOS 12.1.1

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    Google search suggests that this is a problem that goes back to 2013 and is still not addressed by Apple: discussions.apple.com/thread/5474245
    – Dr_Zaszuś
    Jan 25 '20 at 15:59
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    Hi David. I've just run in to this myself. Safari did (in my case) remember recent passwords it had created but had not put in to the keychain. There's an answer below, but it's not had any other votes. I think it is probably the correct answer, so it could be worth giving it some love! Thanks.
    – Benjohn
    Jan 6 at 9:29
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    The issue still happens in 2021. Since Safari can recognize the password input controls on the page and already fills the password, there is no reason safari can't save it, unless it's developed by some retarded useless people.
    – zs2020
    Jan 18 at 3:42
  • We have now reached iOS 15 (for iPhones) and this problem continues. In addition, the new password recording process looks totally random. So I always get stressed whenever I ask Safari to create a password for me because I don't know if it will remember it later on. Moreover, there is no way to copy a password created by Safari to buffer so that I can at least manually enter it using iPhone's Settings. (I reckon copying is disabled for security reasons but this leads to other security problems because the intended process itself does not always work.)
    – Alper
    Oct 20 at 6:31

Sadly this is a problem that happens with certain websites, and sometimes due to a small hick-up. (of you followed some of the links on google they all have there reasons, Im sure I don't have to repeat them here)

Why they haven't got a feature (like Dashlane) to show you the recently created but not saved passwords is a mystery to me. AFAIK you'll have to reset your password.

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    Not sure about iOS but you can do this on macOS. Simply put the cursor in the password field on the website in question and it will show you an option to use the recently created password. This probably only works for a short time after password creation. Dec 21 '18 at 16:17
  • If you list the reasons this happens, I'll mark this as accepted answer. Dec 27 '18 at 12:11
  • This is pretty sad specially when to change your password you have to know the old one and Safari already generated a new one and didn't save it. FAIL
    – Mark
    May 19 at 15:46
  • This makes password generation totally useless, as Apple had also the brilliant idea of making the generated password not copiable. They think that it is secure this way, but you will just end up using the same password for everything. It's a huge blow to security. Jul 1 at 15:33

Currently on my iPhone and that’s why my typing is poor.

Not only you. It happens to me too. And it happens on Mac book pro and iPad pad pro.

The solutions I’ve tried include looking in my passwords; no solution provided. Other solution includes backspacing on that website looking at history, taking a picture of the password (The problem with that is I can never get a full picture of the password as it fades in the field).

I believe that it’s due to the different URLs that the webpage is used when creating a pass. Often I have to go to my gmail to authenticate The password, and then I am directed to a different URL. And then everything is messed up.

What I’m doing is using a password that’s real simple to create an account. Once the account is created I go in and reset the password with the strong password and it seems to work.

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    I don't think it is related to using different URLs because you would still find a password in the stored passwords. Just under a different name. This bug is very annoying.
    – Dr_Zaszuś
    Jan 25 '20 at 15:57

Just ran into this and there is indeed a solution, on your browser. After resetting password I proceeded to the login page, and apple has a suggestion “use password saved from earlier today”. I couldn’t find this password when I tried to login from the app. After filling the saved password , I added the username and logged in. It prompted to update the saved password and then I was able to find it in keychain. Horrible UX

  • Also just found this thanks to this comment. This definitely works. It is a terrible UI, but at least its there in some form! Have upvoted your answer as it seems to be the only correct one that addresses the OP (and my) problem. Thanks!
    – Benjohn
    Jan 6 at 9:26

I had this problem recently but worked out it occurred on a website that did not need a username or email address, but only a password.

So when I generated a strong password, it was saved without a name. Then when I went to re-enter the saved password from the automatic prompt I could not find it from the search facility.

Eventually, found it from Settings, Passwords and Accounts then gave it a name for next time.


One of the above tips helped me. I updated recommended security alert for a gmail account but it kept not updating the keychain and was repeatedly showing the old stored password unchanged in Apple Passwords. I went to the full list of saved passwords and it was there as an additional new google.com entry. The problem seems to have been that with google you can change your password from typing your account name with or without adding “gmail.com” to your account name. Apple can’t tell they are the same thing. Hope that helps for those with this specific website problem.


If you log out of the site on which you just created the unknown password, then immediately begin to log in again: at the username/password form Mobile Safari will suggest the password that it recently saved. Cool!

To be able to suggest the password it must have stored it somewhere. Username/Passwords pairs are stored is in the Keychain, referred to as Passwords on iOS/iPadOS.

To find the account details you'll need to search for some specific aspect of it: website (URL), or account name (username).

Keep in mind that a password for gmail.com, for example, may well be stored under google.com so be sure to look for the password with the correct terms.

Settings > Passwords > (search)

The passwords are synced using iCloud Keychain if you have it enabled, so you can also get at them on your Mac.

Safari > Preferences > Passwords > (enter macOS user password) > (search)

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    No, it is not there. Dec 21 '18 at 13:41
  • do keep in mind that a webpage sometimes uses a different URL then the one you normally use, for resetting the password. Dec 21 '18 at 13:58
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    @Gert-JanRoeleveld I only have two accounts saved, none is the website in question. Dec 21 '18 at 14:31
  • Not sure about iOS but you can do this on macOS. Simply put the cursor in the password field on the website in question and it will show you an option to use the recently created password. This probably only works for a short time after password creation. Dec 21 '18 at 16:17

I also was having this issue. What I noticed was that when using generate strong password, the pop up at the bottom of the screen, locks the screen. You can’t alter their generated password or copy it. And you can scroll down. So, in my instance, the button to push to submit the password change, was below the popped up password builder and I couldn’t scroll down to get to a submit button that I didn’t even know was there. So no new password was submitted. That locking action doesn’t happen on choose your own PW.

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