How to use Universal Autofill on a Mac

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1Password 8 lets you go beyond the browser and autofill your saved usernames and passwords anywhere on your Mac, including desktop apps and system prompts.

What is autofill?

Autofill is a core benefit of using a password manager. 1Password will give you the option to automatically enter your saved passwords in trusted apps and websites, regardless of which device or browser you’re using.

This means you don’t have to waste time selecting each field and manually typing or copying and pasting your login information. When you create a new account, all the required login details are saved in your password manager, along with the URL they’re meant to be used for. 1Password will then offer to fill in those credentials the next time you visit the website.

Autofill also works with online accounts you created before signing up for 1Password – you just have to make sure the login details are saved in one of your vaults.

Universal Autofill with 1Password 8

You’ve always been able to autofill on the web using 1Password for Mac and 1Password in the browser. But with 1Password 8, you can go a step further and autofill your saved usernames and passwords anywhere on your Mac.That includes:

  • Desktop apps
  • Websites
  • The Mac App Store
  • System Preferences
  • Any other prompt that requires your macOS user account password

How to set up Universal Autofill

To get started with Universal Autofill, sign up for a 1Password membership. Then download 1Password 8 for Mac and follow these steps:

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then select Security & Privacy.
  • Choose the Privacy tab, then select Accessibility from the list.
  • Select the lock icon and enter the password you use to log in to your Mac.
  • Select the checkbox beside 1Password. If you don’t see 1Password, select the + button and locate the 1Password app in your Applications folder. Then select it and click Open.

Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll be able to autofill all your usernames and passwords without opening the 1Password app.

How to use Universal Autofill

You can use the keyboard shortcut Command (⌘) + Backslash () to trigger Universal Autofill and instantly enter the username and password you need. If you only have one login saved for an app or website, 1Password will retrieve and fill it automatically.

Quick Access will appear instead if you have more than one account saved, giving you the option to choose the one you want to fill.

The default keyboard shortcut is Command (⌘) + Backslash () but you can change it to whatever you like by opening 1Password 8 for Mac and going to Preferences, followed by General. From there, select the Autofill option and you’ll be able to enter a new keyboard shortcut combination.

Use Quick Access to find and autofill anything you need

Sometimes you’ll want to search for a saved item before pressing fill. 1Password 8 also comes with Quick Access, a helpful search tool that lets you instantly browse, copy, and fill anything you’ve saved in your vaults.

To get started using Quick Access, use the customizable keyboard shortcut, which is Shift-Command-Space by default on Mac. A search box will then appear in the middle of the screen with a list of suggested items you’ve saved in your vaults. If you don’t see the item you’re after, start typing to search for it.

Press Enter to take the suggested action, which will most often be ‘Open in Browser’, to open the website or app in a new window.

Alternatively, you can use a variety of keyboard shortcuts to perform other actions. For example, Universal Autofill can be triggered with Shift-Return. You can also select the icon with three vertical dots to see all available actions for the item, such as organizing favorites, archiving, and adding tags.

Upgrade to 1Password 8

Download 1Password 8 for Mac to take advantage of Universal Autofill. The latest version of our password manager also comes with a gorgeous new design, Quick Access, a revamped Watchtower section, and so much more.

To get started, you’ll need a 1Password membership and a Mac running macOS Catalina 10.15 or later. Already have both? Then you’re ready to download and install 1Password 8. You can also use 1Password 8 if you’re part of an organization with a 1Password Teams or 1Password Business account.

Try 1Password and instantly enter saved credentials anywhere on a Mac.