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Saving Time with AutoFill

When you go to websites and fill out forms, it can be annoying to type out basic information like your name and address, or your user ID and password. Furthermore, if you have to type your password every time you visit a site, or even on a daily or weekly basis, this encourages you to use simple, easy-to-guess passwords so you don’t have to type long complex strings of characters.

The Keychain function built into Safari allows you to automatically fill in forms and login prompts. After you enter your information the first time, you never have to do it again for that website.

Setting Up AutoFill

To set up AutoFill in Safari, start by going to the Settings app.

  1. Tap Safari in the Settings app.
  2. Tap Passwords & AutoFill.

  3. Slide the Use Contact Info switch on, if it’s not. Now any time you go to a web page with a form that asks for basics like name, address, or telephone number, AutoFill uses your contact information in the Contacts app to fill those fields automatically.
  4. Tap My Info to tell Safari which contact in the Contacts app is you.
  5. Slide the Names and Passwords switch on to have Safari remember user IDs and passwords when you log on to websites. As you will see in the next section, Safari prompts you each time you enter a new User ID and Password so you can decide the passwords that are saved.
  6. After you have visited some sites and saved some passwords, you can access the list of saved passwords by tapping Saved Passwords.

  7. Tap on any entry to view the ID, password, and the website it belongs to. This can come in handy if you need to view or copy and paste a password. For instance, you can grab your Amazon password to paste it into the Kindle app.
  8. You can enter Edit mode to delete entries.

  9. Safari can also remember credit card information. Slide the Credit Cards switch to on for this information to be saved.
  10. Tap Saved Credit Cards to see a list of your saved credit cards and to add new ones. When you add a credit card, include your name, the card number, the expiration date, and a short description. However, the security code for the card is not saved. Most websites will ask you for this even after Safari has autofilled in the information it has saved.

Using AutoFill

After you have AutoFill set up, using it is relatively simple. You can use it with a form that asks for basic contact information, or for a login form. The process is the same. Let’s look at using it with a simple login form.

  1. Enter an ID or password at a website.
  2. If AutoFill is enabled, you may be prompted by Safari to save the password.
  3. Tap Save Password to save the user ID and password.
  4. Alternatively, you can tell Safari that you don’t want to save the password for this site, and not to ask again.
  5. You can also skip this for now. This is useful if you have multiple logons for a site and don’t want to save the one you are using at this moment.

  6. Log out and then return to the same website.
  7. You’ll notice that the ID and password are already filled in. The fields turn yellow to show that AutoFill has been used to fill them in.
  8. Tap the button used by the site to complete the login.
  9. On some websites, the information might not fill in automatically. You can try tapping the AutoFill Password button to force it.

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