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Creating and Maintaining Password Safes

You can create safes with either the macOS or iOS SamuraiSafe app. You can synchronise safes with your iPhone or iPad using iCloud or manually using iTunes.

To create a safe on iOS, touch Edit, then click the text New local safe next to the green + sign (or New iCloud safe if iCloud is enabled) and enter your new safe name. After hitting Enter, you need to enter your safe password. This password is not recoverable, and neither is the information stored in the safe (without the password), so you must remember it. You can change the password at a later time, when the safe is open, by touching the gear icon and selecting Change safe password.

Next you need to create some groups. There is a default set you can add by touching gear icon and selecting Add default groups. You must create at least one group for your safe to be created. Group names can be changed at any time.

After you have at least one group you can create password entries. This is done by selecting a group, or All Groups, then touching the + sign, filling in the form, and then touching Done to save the entry.

To transfer a password safe using iTunes:

  • Connect your device to a computer running iTunes,
  • Select your device from the iTunes window, click Apps.
  • At the bottom of the screen is the File Sharing section. Select SamuraiSafe from the listed Apps. The right hand window lists any currently stored safes. You can drag and drop safes to and from your device. You can also select a file on the device and hit the delete key to remove the file.

Note: iTunes has been phased out. See Transfer safe from MacOS to iOS without iCloud or iTunes.

If using iCloud on macOS, and you wish to share an iCloud password safe with iOS, it is important the password safe resides in the private SamuraiSafe iCloud container, not the Finder iCloud Drive iCloud Drive folder. This requires using the Move to iCloud menu item on macOS. The password safe should then appear on iOS devices on the same iCloud account. On macOS it will appear under the Open iCloud menu.