Using Secure Code Autofill On Mac and iOS

Secure Code Autofill is a new feature in macOS Mojave and iOS 12 that will take those little codes you receive via text message and allow you to easily insert them into the fields on web pages and apps when they are asked for. This allows you to use two-factor authentication and similar security measures without needing to switch apps and copy and paste. Making this easier will hopefully encourage more people to use this important security measure.

Comments: 9 Responses to “Using Secure Code Autofill On Mac and iOS”

    Brenda Brooks
    6 months ago

    What about iPads when the secure code comes through to your iPhone?

    6 months ago

    Brenda: Do you mean an SMS message that comes to your iPhone but not your iPad? Then there’s no way for your iPad to know about the code. But if you turn on Text Message Forwarding on your iPhone (Settings, Messages) then you can get your SMS messages on both your iPhone and iPad and it will work. Same for Macs.

    Dennis Craig
    6 months ago

    Gary, do we need to do anything to enable SC Autofill? I can’t find it listed in System Preferences…

    6 months ago

    Dennis: No, there is no setting for it. Though I assume if you turn off Autofill in Safari that you won’t get it, but maybe not.

    Mac Carter
    6 months ago

    What if you don’t use Safari? I much prefer Firefox and seldom have to use Safari. Does this SC Autofill work with all browsers? It seems hit-or-miss to me… in fact, I see it less often now.

    Mac Carter
    6 months ago

    MacRumors site says this: “If you’ve enabled Text Message Forwarding on your iPhone, you can use the Secure Code AutoFill feature in macOS Mojave, too. The code should appear in Safari as an AutoFill option in the relevant field as soon as the SMS is delivered to Messages on your Mac.” It’s still not clear to me where this will work with other browsers.

    6 months ago

    Mac: Why not just try it? I did and it didn’t come up for me in Firefox.

    Jane Burns
    6 months ago

    Gary, this isn’t happening for me. I have the new IPad Pro, couldn’t Find a place anywhere in settings or iCloud to turn on two factor Auth, although it is automatic on Apple sites I believe. Anyway, secure auto fill isn’t happening. I have the latest updates and have IOS 12.1.1

    6 months ago

    Jane: If you aren’t using two-factor, then it won’t work. You turn it on under System Preferences, iCloud, Account Details, Security.

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