Top 3 Password Managers for iPhones [+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 for multiple accounts doesn't only make your life easier, but also those of digital data thieves and hackers. You don't have the same key to your car, front door, safe, and diary, do you? But don't worry, you won't need to remember every unique password you create for each of your accounts either: Password managers take care of all of that so you don't have to!
Password managers create and store passwords for you, managing all of your accounts, login data, and other sensitive information for you in a highly secure digital vault, access to which only you have, through a single master password. Not only does this make logins more secure, but it also makes them more convenient.
A password manager's autofill functions handle inputting usernames and passwords, which on a smartphone or tablet, can save lots of time. For this reason, most password managers these days offer both a desktop client as well as a mobile app. Since iOS is one of the world's leading mobile operating systems, nearly every provider offers mobile apps that are compatible with it.
Managing Passwords on the Go
Even though most password managers operate along very similar lines in a general sense, differences do become visible when it comes to their mobile apps. Sometimes, the mobile app is a clone of the desktop client, significantly reducing the learning curve. However, some developers aim to provide mobile users with a completely different experience than on the desktop. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages, which we've highlighted in the individual reviews.
Without further ado though, let's take a look at our top 3 password managers for iOS!
Top 3 Password Managers for iPhones
When it comes to password managers for smartphones, we identified different requirements and priorities than those that are essential for desktop clients. Above all, mobile password managers should be intuitive to use and not require users to tap out login data on an error-prone virtual keyboard. For this reason, autofill functionality is extremely important. On desktops, when autofill fails, you can simply copy and paste data, however, what is easily accomplished with a mouse and/or keyboard, is a bit more difficult with a touch screen.
Basically, mobile apps need to make their users' lives easier, not harder. We think that our three choices below meet these criteria.
There are many reasons why Dashlane regularly tops various rankings, one of which is its wonderful iOS app. Even on mobile devices, Dashlane, true to its name, is fast, intuitive, and crammed with features. The convenient Password Changer that lets you instantly swap out weak passwords for strong ones makes an appearance, and if you want to use the app as an authenticator for two-factor authentication, you can!
Navigating the app is as easy as pie, especially for users familiar with the desktop version. Autofill and automatic login work without fail most of the time.
Security is good too, as your data is encrypted with AES 256, ostensibly the most secure encryption available. Thanks to the digital wallet, you can manage your credit card information and easily complete online transactions without a care in the world.
Should you only want to use Dashlane on your iPhone, you're in luck since you'll be able to have access to all of its features at absolutely no cost. If, however, you want to synchronize data across multiple devices (including a desktop, for example), you'll need a subscription.
Overall, Dashlane's mobile app is as good as its desktop counterpart and therefore earns its deserved place at the head of our top 3 mobile password managers for iOS.
Fast and intuitive
Password Changer conveniently alters weak passwords
Free for one device (multi-device synchronization only available with a paid subscription)
LastPass's iOS app is very similar to its desktop counterpart, to the extent that apart from the missing browser extension, the former is nearly identical to the latter. Again, should you be familiar with the desktop version, you'll find your feet with the mobile app very quickly.
A mobile password manager app is only as good as its autofill features, and LastPass doesn't disappoint here. Like many other password managers, every now and then you might have an issue where a login form isn't correctly identified if using a third-party browser, but this is standard to all password managers we reviewed. To avoid this, we recommend using LastPass's integrated browser.
The app also has a few additional features, such as a password generator. In the "Security" section, you'll find the "Security Challenge" which analyzes all your data sets and rates their security on a scale of 0 to 100, helping you to easily keep track of how vulnerable your accounts are.
And the icing on the cake? LastPass's mobile app can be used completely free of charge, without having to worry about the number of passwords you can save or devices you can synchronize.
Taken together, in our opinion LastPass is the best free password manager, with its iOS mobile app making a strong showing as well.
Easy and intuitive to use
Completely free (no limits on saved passwords or devices)
In a way, RoboForm is the black sheep of this group: Unlike Dashlane and LastPass, RoboForm's mobile app doesn't mimic its desktop client, having a markedly different appearance. Such a bold step requires quite a bit of swagger, and RoboForm's got buckets of it!
With that said, RoboForm's mobile app does take a bit of getting used to. You won't find the classic three-column interface as in RoboForm's desktop app, however, everything you'll need is there, we promise! Features like a password generator and the convenient Security Center, which provides a comprehensive overview of general password security, can all be found under "Tools". Here, RoboForm will also inform you of your individual security score.
RoboForm's autofill feature is fairly reliable, with a few hiccups here and there. For example, we had trouble logging in to different localizations of Amazon, even though an Amazon account should work for any national page. But RoboForm wasn't alone here: The ecommerce giant's complex login pages brought multiple password managers to their knees.
Like LastPass, if using RoboForm's mobile app on a single device, the service is free. Should you want to synchronize between devices, you'll need a paid subscription.
RoboForm's mobile app is a well-thought-out extension of its desktop client, easily making it one of our favorites.
Free for one device (synchronization only available with a subscription)
In the end, rankings like this are always somewhat subjective. Especially when it comes to mobile software, how intuitive an app is and its ease of use often outweigh its performance or features, signaling that personal preferences will always play an inordinate role. Your favorite password manager for iOS might very well have not made it onto our list. As honorable mentions, we'd like to include Kaspersky's Password Manager and Keeper, both of which offer very good password managers for mobile devices.
If you're interested in an in-depth look at all 12 password managers we assessed, check out our comprehensive review and comparison.