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While Keychain is found to be one of the useful features to Manage Passwords On Mac, it’s not immune to bugs. As many users across the community are reporting the issues, Mac keeps asking for your Keychain Password.
However, there are specific culprits behind the issue, but luckily we have curated the workarounds to fix Mac Keychain password error pop-up.
Fix Mac Apps wants to use the “login” keychain, Please enter the keychain password
It’s annoying to receive a Keychain password pop-up repeatedly in apps like assistantd, sharingd, commenter & more… and that’s what many Mac users are going through. If you have the same issue, follow the guide below.
is it Virus?
Here’s what to do when mac asks for a keychain password. Take action wisely otherwise. Mac users can lose the Keychain passwords that they can’t recover.
Fix 1: Delete Keychain Files From Library
Usually, Local items on the Keychain won’t be able to recognize your actual password and would frequently keep popping up the window asking for a password.
Nevertheless, this could be due to recently installed or formatted macOS or reset or change Apple ID. So don’t worry; perform a solution to get rid of it.
- Open the Finder. Choose Go from the Finder Menubar.
- Select Go To Folder from the drop-down.
- Enter ~/Library/ in the text field.
- From the result, search for the Keychains Folder. Backup to a different location on your mac And move the keychain items into the trash.
Once you do so, restart the Mac computer. And you have fixed the macOS Keychain password error popup.
Fix 2: Reset To Default Keychain…
Sometimes the error keeps visiting continuously while opening or installing the application on Mac, for instance, any software of Adobe.
However, it could be a hindrance in the settings of Keychain; you can restore keychain settings to default. Follow the steps below.
- Go to the Keychain Access App and open it.
- Once the app is accessed, click on Keychain Access from the menu bar.
- Click on Settings…(Preferences… for macOS Monterey And Earlier Version).
- In the next window, click on the Reset Default Keychains…
That’s It! Right after this, your keychain settings will be renovated to default settings. You need to re-login to the Apple ID in the System Settings… and turn on Password & Keychain in the iCloud. And Keychain-related issues, including keychain access password is fixed on Mac.
Fix 4: Check If Keychain Not Set Up To Lock Automatically
If your Mac computer frequently keeps asking for keychain passwords, it could be due to no activity on your computer for a long duration. But, on the other hand, your keychain password or user password is out of sync.
Fortunately, Keychain Settings allows setting up duration for the Keychain from asking to enter the password once again. Here is how you can do so.
- Open the Keychain Access app on your Mac. (Command + Space, Type Keychain Access to find it).
- Click on Login from the left sidebar of the application.
- Now select Edit from the menu bar and choose Change Settings For Keychain “Login.”
- Select the box next to the “Lock After” and set the timer accordingly.
- If you want the Keychain to ask for a password each time Mac goes to sleep, the checkbox next to the “Lock When Sleeping.”
- Take an overview and confirm by clicking Save on the bottom left of the screen.
Fix 5: Restart Keychain
If nothing works, disable and re-enable the Keychain on Mac. Follow the steps below.
Make sure your Mac is signed in with your apple ID. or Verify if there is any pending Apple ID Verification notification under the system settings.
macOS Ventura And Later
- Go to Apple Logo > System Settings…
- Tap on your Apple ID[Your Name].
- Select iCloud from the right side.
- Swipe down and disable the toggle next to Passwords & Keychain. Please wait for a while and then re-enable it back.
macOS Monterey And Earlier
- Select Apple Logo from the top-left side.
- Choose System Preferences…
- Click on your Apple ID[Your Name].
- Select iCloud from the left sidebar.
Please uncheck the box to the Keychain, hold it for a few seconds, and re-enable it.
Fix 6: Boot Mac To Safe Mode
Considering macOS as a culprit can go wrong, there are chances that a corrupted third-party application is misbehaving behind the scenes. To check it, you need to Boot Mac To Safe Mode (For intel Mac check the link).
- First of all, Shut down the Mac.
- After Waiting for 10 seconds, press the Power Button until Loading Setup Options…and Startup Volume and Settings gear appear on the screen.
- Hold down the Shift Key and select Continue With Safe Mode below your SSD.
- Hold for a few seconds, and from the resulting screen, select the user and enter Password.
- As soon as you reach the main screen, you will receive Red Safe Mode at the top right corner of the screen.
Note that Passwords And Keychain should be turned on in the iCloud. Once you verify, check for the issue. If it works as usual, boot Mac to normal mode by restarting.
Note: Sign out your Apple ID from system settings (Sign out Grayed out on Mac) and Sign in again is also helpful.
Fix 7: Update The macOS
Check if your Mac computer is updated to the latest version. Since it’s found that outdated macOS can cause various issues, including “App Name” wanting to use a login keychain. To check for updates, follow the steps below.
- Click on the Apple Logo.
- Choose System Settings… (System Preferences…for macOS Monterey And Earlier Version).
- Select Software Updates.
Let the system check for updates. If available, click on Update Now Button and then choose Restart Now.
I hope the troubleshooting can fix Mac that keeps asking for your keychain password. And if nothing worked for you, it is high time to Contact Apple Support!