Autofill Your Name and Email in Safari

In addition to IDs and passwords, you can autofill your name and email address into forms with Safari. This is handy for filling out simple forms where you are not logging into a site. You can change which information is available in the Contacts app.

Comments: 14 Responses to “Autofill Your Name and Email in Safari”

    Robert Gregg
    3 years ago

    Thanks – I have a related problem, in that autofilling of my zip code on a web page gives another zip code that in nearly 100 miles from where I live. Do you have any idea why that would be or how I can fix it?

    3 years ago

    Robert: Is that zip code on your contact in the Contacts app? If not, then this is simply a matter of your location being incorrectly guessed by the web pages. So just enter your correct zip code and move on. Eventually geolocation databases will update and get it right for you.

    Nanci
    3 years ago

    I recall reading somewhere that using autofill could leave your Contacts vulnerable to hacking and were advised not to use it. Is this not true?

    3 years ago

    Nanci: Where did you read that? Autofill is only as vulnerable as you are — if a fake website asks you to fill in your information and then steals it, it could happen whether you use Autofill or whether you manually type in that information.

    Art Bridges
    3 years ago

    How do I change the Name that comes up when I click?

    3 years ago

    Art: That comes from your contact in the Contacts app. Watch the second half of the video.

    Jerry W Fitzsimmons
    3 years ago

    Is to the case that using autofill for just your name and email would allow the requester to collect all your info – phone, address, etc, your whole ‘card’?

    3 years ago

    Jerry: It is no different than if the form was requesting it and you typed it. Autofill is just a way to save time typing. It doesn’t hurt or help security.

    Norman Runge
    3 years ago

    When I just typed in my “nrunge” up popped “grunge” and I had to x it out. This is not coming from my Contact card autofill, but from another library for type suggestions. Where do I eliminate this?
    Thx, Norm

    3 years ago

    Norman: That’s different than what I am talking about in the video. That’s regular typing “autocorrect” as opposed to this special feature of Safari. Just continue to use the X and it should learn. Or you can turn off the whole thing in Edit, Substitutions, Text Replacement, but that will disable the whole feature, not just that one instance.

    Ed Mullery
    3 years ago

    Gary, do you think that the Safari Keychain password system effectively eliminates the need for third-party password managers like LastPass, 1Password, etc.?

    3 years ago

    Ed: For some users, yes. But if you have even one non-Apple device, it is useful to have a cross-platform solution. I also like to use 1Password to store misc info, like passport numbers, safe combos, and things like that. I just use both. Since you are prompted by both to safe passwords when you sign up for something, it is really no extra effort.

    Jim Goddard
    3 years ago

    Thanks for all the GREAT info!
    The videos are extremely helpful.
    I have been a MAC user for about 8 years and am still learning how to better use my Macs.
    I recommend your site to all my Mac friends.

    Tanis Dickson
    3 years ago

    Thank you for this video. Got it working now. Great time saver!

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