Top 3 Password Managers for iPhone [+Alternatives]
What is your "go-to" password? If you can answer this question, your online security might be compromised. Using the same password over and over again for multiple accounts only makes the lives of online data thieves easier. You don't have the same key to your car, front door, safe, and diary, do you? A so-called password manager gives your accounts a lot more security.
Password managers create highly secure passwords for you, manage your accounts, your login data and other information, and store everything in a secure vault that only you can access with your master password. Not only does this make logins more secure, it also makes them more convenient. A password manager's autofill functions do the typing in of passwords for you. This makes things a lot faster, especially when you're using a phone or tablet with no physical keyboard. That's also why most password managers offer a desktop client as well as a mobile app. Many of which can be used on iOS, one of the world's leading mobile operating systems.
The different approaches to managing passwords on the go
Even though there are certain trends, and some of the apps' functions are practically identical, the password managers we tested have different approaches to managing data. Oftentimes, the mobile app is a clone of the main client which has the advantage that it doesn't take long for users to use them. Other providers deviate from their desktop version and design mobile apps with a wholly different user experience. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages which we talk about repeatedly in our reviews. Read our review to see our top three password managers for iOS.
Top 3 Password Managers for iPhone Devices
When it comes to password managers for smartphones, our requirements and priorities are different from the ones we have for desktop clients. Above all, they should be intuitive to use and make sure that users needn't type out their login data on an error-prone virtual keyboard. That's why autofill features in particular are so important. Whenever the feature fails on your PC or laptop, you can just copy-and-paste your data – this method doesn't work well on mobile devices.
To make a long story short: On a phone, things need to happen more "smoothly" and effortlessly. We think that the following three password managers for iOS do everything right.
There are many reasons why this app regularly tops various rankings, one of which is its wonderful iOS app. Even on mobile devices, Dashlane is fast, intuitive and crammed with features. The convenient Password Changer that lets you swap weak passwords with strong ones has made its way into the app. You can also use the app as an authenticator if you want to apply two-factor authentication.
Navigating the app is as easy as pie, especially for users of the desktop version. Features like the autofill and automatic login work without any problems most of the time. Your data is encrypted with the AES 256-bit standard, ostensibly the most secure one on the market. You can manage your credit card information in your digital wallet and easily complete online transaction without worry.
If you're using Dashlane on your iPhone only, you're in luck: using the service on one device is free. If you want to synchronize your data across multiple devices, you'll need a subscription.
Overall, the Dashlane mobile app is as good as its desktop counterpart and therefore earns its place amongst our top 3 mobile password managers.
fast and intuitive
Password Changer conveniently changes weak passwords
free service on one device (synchronization only available with a subscription)
LastPass's iOS app is similar to its cousin on the desktop. It's almost as if the developers cut out the browser extension and slapped it on a smartphone. If you're used to the desktop version, you'll get used to the mobile app very quickly.
A password mobile app is only as good as its autofill features, a feature LastPass excellently executes with its mobile app. Just like many other password managers, the odd login might not be recognized but that's a rare exception you may encounter on an external browser. Use LastPass's integrated browser to avoid this issue.
The app provides a few additional features like LastPass's password generator. In the "Security" section, you can find the so-called "Security Challenge" which analyzes all your datasets and rates their security on a scale of 0 to 100. This way, you can easily keep track of your overall security. Moreover, you can use LastPass at no cost whatsoever, without compromising on the amounts of devices and datasets or your synchronization abilities.
All this makes LastPass to one of the best free password managers in general that also comes with a great mobile app.
easy and intuitive to use
completely free (no dataset or device limitations)
In a way, RoboForm is the black sheep of this list: Unlike than Dashlane and LastPass, the mobile app doesn't aim to replicate the desktop client, and visually, both are different. This requires self-confidence. And RoboForm's got it.
Users might not immediately feel at home like they would with other apps and miss the classic three-column set-up. But it doesn't take long until it clicks and the interface feels familiar. Features like the password generator and the convenient Security Center that provides users with a comprehensive overview of their general password security can all be found within the "Tool" section. This is also where RoboForm tells you your individual Security Score.
The interface with its vertical menu structure might take some time getting used to if you're used to the desktop version of the app and its three-column build. But no worries, you'll understand the logic behind the app in no time.
RoboForm's autofill feature is largely reliable, with a few hiccups here and there. For example, Amazon was causing us some issues. The site's complex login pages brought multiple password managers down to their knees. But it didn't bother us too much that we had to use the old copy-and-paste trick.
If you're using RoboForm on a single device, the service is free. If you'd like to synchronize your data, you'll have to get a subscription.
The RoboForm app is not some sad afterthought, but a well-thought-out extension of the desktop client. And that's why it's one of our favorites.
free of charge for one device (synchronization only available with a subscription)
In the end, rankings like this one are always a little subjective. Especially in the mobile sector where intuitive-feeling usability is a little more important than the concrete performance of features, personal preferences will always have a say in this matter. Your favorite password manager for iOS very well might not be included in a list like this. We also found Kaspersky's Password Manager and Keeper to be "very good" when it comes to password managers for mobile devices.
If you're interested in an in-depth comparison of password managers, check out our password manager review and comparison.