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It's possible that it was removed in the OS X 10.11.2 update. Reference: Keychain First Aid appears to be missing after 10.11.2 update! From About the security content of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2, Security Update 2015-005 Yosemite, and Security Update 2015-008 Mavericks: Keychain Access. Available for: OS X El Capitan v10.11 and v10.11.1.

  1. View Saved Passwords in macOS with Keychain Access. Keychain Access is something like a rudimentary password manager for macOS. It lets you view, add, and edit keychain entries. Open Keychain Access by typing its name into Spotlight. You can also find the application in “Applications - Utilities - Keychain”.
  2. The toolbar of the Keychain Access application allows for the creation of new keychain items, including passwords and notes. The lock button on the toolbar can be used to lock or unlock the currently selected keychain. Figure 1 Keychain on Mac OS X for secure management of passwords.

This document provides instructions on where to find the system keychain and outlines procedures for deleting or adding a keychain and changing the keychain password. The System Keychain is a utility which securely stores all passwords and user IDs for a user and lets that user unlock them all with a single master password.


System Keychain location

  • Click on the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner to open up Spotlight search
  • In the search field type: keychain access
  • Click on Keychain Access

Note: From the Keychain access panel you can create a new keychain, delete an existing keychain or change the password on a keychain. Download Keychain Access Mac Os X

Creating a new Keychain

If the old system keychain needs to be deleted or if a user wants to create an additional keychain for personal use, a new keychain will need to be created.
  • From the file menu select File.
  • Select New Keychain.
  • Enter a unique name for the new keychain and select the keychain location
  • Enter a password for the keychain
  • Select Create and then input a password and click OK

The new keychain will now be available.Keychain

Changing keychain password

  • Right click on the desired keychain and select: Change Password for Keychain...

  • Create a new password for the keychain and click OK

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Note: If your Mac OS X login password is not the same as your account keychain password, you will be asked for the password whenever an application needs access to your keychain and your keychain is locked.

Deleting the System Keychain:

The system keychain will need to be deleted if the user forgets the master password or the keychain file becomes corrupt.
  • Right click on the desired keychain and select: Delete Keychain
  • Next click on Delete References
The keychain will be deleted.
*If you selected the wrong keychain to delete, press the cancel key and go back to the keychain panel.

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Most Appstate computers use Active Directory which allows you to login with your ASU credentials. After you change your password at, follow the directions in the guides below for steps to sync your Mac with Active Directory so it will use your newly created password.

Update your Mac Password On-Campus:

1. Once you have changed your password through the Password Manager, and you are on campus, logout of your Mac and you should see the login screen.

Note: Make sure you are either connected to a wired connection or you see the WiFi (asu) drop down as shown in the window below while you are on campus.

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2. Type in your ASU username and the new password that you just created. Hit “Enter” or click on the grey arrow to login.

3. Since this is the first time you are using your new password on this machine, you may be prompted with a keychain popup. You have three options to choose from. Click “Update Keychain Password” from the options and a new box will come up.

Note: Keychain is Apple's password manager in Mac OS X. A Keychain can contain various types of passwords (websites, network shares, wireless networks, and printers).


4. In the password field that comes up, you will need to enter your old/previous ASU password (this is the password you used just before you changed your password). Once you enter the old password, click “OK”.

5. Entering your old password will unlock the keychain so it can update to your new password. This will only happen the first time you login to your Mac after changing your ASU password. At this stage, you should be logged in and your Mac has updated to use your new password.

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