1Password Essentials

Get started with 1Password for Mac

Learn how to create a standalone vault, set up the app, save and fill passwords, and sync everything to all your devices.

Set up 1Password

1Password keeps you safe online and automatically saves and fills your passwords for you. It’s easy to get started.

Set up the app

To get started, open 1Password on your Mac.

  1. On the Welcome screen, click More Options and choose “Create a standalone vault”.
  2. Create your Master Password, then click Continue and complete the setup process.

You’ll use your Master Password to unlock 1Password. No one can reset or recover it for you, so it’s important to remember it.

To make sure you can always unlock 1Password, write down your Master Password and keep it somewhere safe, like with your passport or birth certificate.

Mac welcome screen

Set up the extension

If you’re using Safari, the 1Password extension is included with the 1Password app and doesn’t need to be installed separately.

If you’re using a different browser, like Chrome or Firefox, install the 1Password extension.

To prevent your browser from interfering with 1Password, turn off its built-in password manager.

Learn more about the 1Password extension

Use 1Password mini to sign in to websites

Sync with iCloud

To access all your 1Password data on your other Macs and iOS devices, sync 1Password with iCloud.

To sync with an iOS device, get 1Password for iOS.

Next steps

After you set up 1Password, learn how to use it to manage your passwords, credit cards, secure notes, and more.

Get help

If you have any trouble setting up or using 1Password, contact your IT team.