Saving and filling passwords

Use 1Password as an authenticator for sites with two-factor authentication

Learn how to use 1Password to store and quickly access your one-time passwords when you enable two-step verification for a website.

Turn on two-factor authentication

If you haven’t turned on two-factor authentication for the website, do that first. If you have, get a new QR code to scan. We’ll use Dropbox as an example.

  1. On the Dropbox website, click your name in the top right.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Security.
  4. Click to enable two-step verification. If it’s already enabled, click Edit next to “Authenticator app”.
  5. Enter your Dropbox password and click Next.
  6. Choose “Use a mobile app” and click Next. You’ll see a QR code for 1Password to scan.

    Illustration of steps 1-4 to enable two-step verification for Dropbox

Save your QR code

To save your QR code:

  1. Open and unlock 1Password, select the Login item for the website, and click Edit.
  2. Click the ellipsis to the right of a new field and choose One-Time Password.
  3. Click the QR code icon to open the QR code scanner window.
  4. Drag the window over the QR code from the website.

    If you can’t scan the QR code, most sites will give you a code you can copy and paste instead.

  5. Click Save.

Illustration of the steps listed to scan the QR code

Confirm your one-time password

To confirm that you’ve saved your QR code, the website will ask you to enter a one-time password. Copy and paste the 6‑digit code from 1Password.

The 6‑digit one-time password in 1Password

To save a one-time password that changes every 30 seconds:

  1. Open and unlock 1Password, select the Login item for the website, and tap Edit.
  2. Tap “Add new one-time password”.
  3. Tap the QR code icon to scan the QR code from another device.
  4. Tap Done.

Confirm your one-time password

To confirm that you’ve saved your QR code, the website will ask you to enter a one-time password. Copy and paste the 6‑digit code from 1Password.

Copying the 6‑digit code from 1Password

To save a one-time password that changes every 30 seconds:

  1. Open and unlock 1Password, select the Login item for the website, and select Edit.
  2. Select “label” and enter “One-time password”, then select the ellipsis to the right of the field and choose One-Time Password.
  3. Copy the QR code.

    • Chrome: Right-click the QR code and choose “Copy image”.
    • Firefox: Right-click the QR code and choose View Image. Right-click the QR code again and choose Copy Image.

    If you can't copy the QR code, most sites will give you a code you can copy and paste instead.

  4. In 1Password, select the QR code icon and choose “From clipboard”.

  5. Select Save.

  6. Choose 1Password > Settings, click Browsers, and turn on “Copy One-Time Password to clipboard after filling”.

Confirm your one-time password

To confirm that you’ve saved your QR code, the website will ask you to enter a one-time password. Copy and paste the 6‑digit code from 1Password.

Copying the 6‑digit code from 1Password

Use your one-time password

Mac, iOS, and Windows

  1. Fill your username and password on a website where you’re using two-factor authentication. 1Password copies your one-time password to the clipboard for 10 seconds.
  2. Paste the 6‑digit code where the website asks for it.

Android

  1. Fill your username and password on a website where you’re using two-factor authentication.
  2. Open 1Password and select the Login item for the account.
  3. Tap the one-time password and choose Copy.
  4. Paste the 6‑digit code where the website asks for it.

Get help

If websites aren’t accepting your one-time passwords, make sure the date and time are set correctly on your Mac  , iOS device  , and Windows PC 

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