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deviant

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just my two cents..
Mac mini 2018, MacBook Air 2012, iPhone x
I was on Mojave on both and on 13.3.3 on the iPhone.
lord knows why I decided to try Catalina on my macbook (not main machine). did a clean install, took 2 days to analyse 9k photos with cpu running at 100% but ok..
then I noticed my keychain on the Mac mini wasn't giving me the passwords.. I looked it up, 300 passwords (originally 660). on the macbook 242. on the iPhone only 112. keychain broke and wasn't syncing.
tried everything I could possible imagine, log in / off on every device. restored from TM both MacBook Air and the mini.. nothing. the air has now all the passwords from the TM backup, but the mini and the iPhone are not syncing.. tried resetting iCloud keychain, zero effect.. on the mini keychain is ticked on in the iCloud settings but in the keychain it says local or logins or something like that, not iCloud.

no idea what to do now.

apple, screw your quality control
 
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junkw

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Jun 25, 2010
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happened to me when upgrading to Mojave. Not iCloud, it just deleted hundreds of local keychain passwords.
I rely on 3rd-party app for passwords since then
 

deviant

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happened to me when upgrading to Mojave. Not iCloud, it just deleted hundreds of local keychain passwords.
I rely on 3rd-party app for passwords since then
Crazy
Trying to get it in sync now, restored iPhone from a backup too... need to try to memorize new passwords . But yeah, 2 days lost for nothing and still not done .
 

deviant

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UPDATE:

in the end I "lost" my passwords, in the sense that even If I recover from time machine I can see them for 20-30 minutes then I guess it syncs and deletes everything and keeps randomly 111 passwords (some created in 2015, some just a few days ago, but 500 passwords are missing.

now I copied everything and i'm logging in again to every website clicking save password and they are appearing on the iPhone, so that was my "solution" ... at least it syncs again between the devices....
 

tarjan

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Aug 11, 2006
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Someone created a script that does an export of passwords. I have no experience with it, and it seems to have issues in the new OS, so no guarantees. If it works, you could turn on icloud, get the passwords on the system, export before they disappear then add them back. They should sync properly at that point.

 

Allistah

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Apr 19, 2019
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I noticed the same thing. It would sync a portion of them, wait a long time, and then sync more after an hour or so. I think it just takes a long time to get things across on the keychain for some reason. I had about 750 entries on my keychain so I've killed a lot of them to make it go faster in the future as I had not done that since 2013. I guess you build up keychain entries over the years.
 

kylew1212

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Oct 17, 2017
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Huntsville, AL
Do we know if it's possible to clean up the keychain somehow? I have tons of entries in mine and many of them are not just passwrods, but application keys, certificates and other things..
 
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