Using Your iCloud Password To Login On Mac OS X Yosemite

By | June 6, 2015

iCloud is an essential part of the iOS and OS X user experience, and this is true whether or not you know it. If you regularly access your iCloud, it might be time to get rid of the separate login password that you use for your Mac and just use your iCloud password for logging on Mac OS X Yosemite. With these seven simple steps you can simplify this part of your Mac and iCloud experience!


Over time, iCloud has become the go to choice for Apple users for cloud syncing and file storage. It’s easy and it works, just like the Apple ad says.

With the release of OS X Yosemite, Apple has included a feature that enables you to use one password to log on to your Mac and iCloud. You use your iCloud password or lots of different services, such as the iTunes Store and App Store, your email account, and more, so it’s really helpful to be able to make the password for your Mac OS X Yosemite the same as your iCloud account. That’s one less password you’re going to have to remember!

Microsoft actually started offering this feature as OneDrive, when it rolled out Windows 8, allowing users to sync settings across their different Windows devices. It’s a popular feature and we’re thrilled that Apple has added it to their toolkit.

You’ll have to be logged into your iCloud account to enable this password feature. Yosemite will guide you through the initial set up, but just follow these simple steps to use your iCloud password on your Mac:

  1. From the Apple button in your menu bar choose System Preferences
  2. Select Users and Groups
  3. Select your primary Mac account. This will probably be your Admin account.
  4. Choose Change Password
  5. Choose Use iCloud Password
  6. Verify your old password, and finally
  7. Select use iCloud Password

That’s it! You have now freed yourself one small chore that claims minutes of your precious time each week and additional hours each year! There is no doubt, this is a keeper. You can expect to find it in future releases of OS X.

Now, to use iCloud password to login on Mac, you must follow these steps, young Padawan:

Step #1: Click on the Apple button in the menu bar

Step #2: Select System Preferences.

Step #3: Click on Users & Groups.

Step #4: Click on the primary account you use on your Mac. This is likely just your Admin


Step #5: Click on Change Password

Step #6: Click on Use iCloud Password when you see a popup.

Step #7: For verification purposes, OS X Yosemite will ask you to enter your old password,

as well as your iCloud password.

Step #8: Click on Use iCloud Password.

That’s it! You are now using your iCloud password to login to your Mac on OS X Yosemite.

It is safe to say this feature will be part of future OS X releases, too.

 iCloud is an integral part of any iOS and OS X users daily life, whether they know it or not.Now, if you’re so used to accessing iCloud regularly, you might want to ditch your separate login password for your Mac, and instead use iCloud password to login on Mac OS X Yosemite. Find out how after the title image. It is just a few steps!

 Over the past few years, iCloud has grown stronger and stronger at becoming Apple’s users choice of invisible cloud syncing and cloud file storage. “It just works”, says Apple. We agree. With OS X Yosemite, Apple added a little feature to allow logging in to your Mac using your iCloud password. Considering the fact that your iCloud password is used for several different services – including but not limited to the App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Store, and your email inbox – it makes good sense to include your Mac OS X Yosemite login password the same as iCloud account password. It is one less password to remember!

 Microsoft started offering this with Windows 8 when it included a feature to sync PC settings across different Windows machines using OneDrive. I, too, use my OneDrive password to login to my Windows PC.

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