1Password 5 for Mac

Changing a saved password

Safety first

There's no need to use easy-to-guess passwords—or, worse, reuse them. 1Password will securely generate, store, and fill strong, unique passwords for every site you visit. You've already used 1Password to store a password, and you know how to fill that saved password. Now let's increase your security by generating a new, stronger password.


Changing your password on a web site involves two steps: telling the website about the new password and updating the Login in 1Password. Don't worry, though—1Password makes it easier than that might sound.

  1. Log in to the website using a saved Login.
  2. Go to the site's "change password" form.

    This is typically under "Account", "Settings", "Profile" or something similar. In Gmail, for example, it is found under Account > Security > Change password.

  3. Specify your old password if required.

    1. Click the 1Password button in your browser's toolbar.
    2. Hover over the Login item in the list. After a brief moment, the item's details will appear.
    3. Click the "copy" button that appears next to the concealed password (represented by the bullets).

    4. Paste the password into the "Current password" field.

  4. Click the 1Password button and choose Password Generator.

    PRO TIP: Adjust the length of the generated password if necessary. For maximum security, we recommend using the longest password the site will allow. Click "Password Recipe" to toggle the display of sliders that adjust the number of digits and symbols as well.

  5. Click the Fill button to the right of the generated password.

    1Password should fill the generated password into both the "New password" and "Confirm new password" fields. If not, the password was automatically copied to your clipboard when you clicked "Fill", so you can paste it in yourself.

  6. Submit the form to change your password. In Gmail, the example we've been using, you would click the "Change Password" button.

  7. Click the Update button to update your existing Login item in 1Password with the new password.

    In some circumstances, you may not see this prompt. If that happens, don't panic! 1Password has a safety net in place. We'll show you how to recover the unsaved password if the changed password was not updated.

Take a moment and congratulate yourself! You are now well-protected against a password breach on that site. But don't stop there. You can follow the same steps for each website where you have an account. The ideal situation is to not use a single weak or reused password on any site.

It can seem overwhelming at first, but you can change them at your own pace—one at a time as you go along. If you need a good starting point, we recommend starting with your most important sites first. Your email and banking sites are wise choices.