Keeps asking me for my keychain password. Here's what I've tried!

  • Reset my default keychains
  • Enter my login password
  • Says "Created a new empty “login” keychain with no password. Please change password using Edit.
  • Changed the login keychain. Can access that fine.
  • Restart mac
  • After logging back in there are several prompts for the login keychain which I get past

  • When opening keychain access again, I unlock the keychain system. It prompts for domain pw.

  • If I try to change the access controls to allow all apps to access the vpn, it asks for the system keychain again, which I don't know.

I don't know what to do. Can someone please help!

  • Is this your MacBook or was it issued by a company to you?
    – Allan
    Mar 18, 2020 at 6:10
  • Issued by my company. We have an admin login but it's not working for me either. Mar 18, 2020 at 14:13
  • Then you need to consult with the the IT person in your company. We can’t “break” keychains
    – Allan
    Mar 19, 2020 at 1:29
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    Post as an answer!
    – Allan
    Apr 6, 2020 at 1:53

2 Answers 2


I've had the same issue, but its cause was different.

In my case, the request always appeared when starting the Mail app. After trying a lot of things including repairing permission and clearing NVRAM, it turned out that the user had an S/MIME certificate and private key for email encryption which was stored in the system keychain, but should be stored in the login keychain.

I exported the certificate and its private key, deleted it from the system keychain, and then re-imported it to the login keychain. (Perhaps it would have been possible to simply move it there – didn't try that.)

After a reboot and starting the Mail app, a request appeared to allow access to the login keychain which I acknowledged with "Always allow". After that, the problem was gone.


Delete my keychain cookies and after I was good. Took two seconds to fix after me spending hours to troubleshoot it myself.

  • 1
    Which are "keychain cookies" and where did you delete them from?
    – clausavram
    Jan 18 at 10:07
  • Never heard of keychain cookies. What are they and how to delete them?
    – not2savvy
    Jan 18 at 11:45

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