iPhone or any other iOS device comes with an iCloud Keychain feature that allows you to store your passwords and login credentials on it. So, when you are ordering a package online or filling your bank information, you don’t have to toggle between your credit cards or work journals to look for personal information as it automatically fills it out for you.

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Typically, when you buy a new iPhone, you need to set up your Apple ID and link your iCloud information on the phone. However, in some cases, you can not turn on the iCloud keychain on your new iPhone. It might seem like a pretty fearful situation, however, fear not folks. This article will give you a detailed guide on how to troubleshoot your new iPhone SE Keychain won't turn on. So, let’s begin.

Why Won’t Keychain Turn On in My iPhone?

Firstly, I’m sure you’re wondering why this has happened or questioning “why my iPhone SE will not let me turn on the keychain.” To give you a short answer, this is a pretty common thing when you buy a new iPhone. It typically takes a little time for your iCloud keychain to sync your Safari password data. Apple technicians usually advise you to wait a little while after opening your new iPhone SE. The issue of keychain not working was particularly common on new iPhone SE and X users. Usually, there isn’t a complex underlying reason behind your keychain disorder. That is why you don’t need to put in a lot of stress and effort to resolve it.

What To Do If iPhone Keychain Won’t Turn On?

Follow these step-by-step guides on how to turn on an iCloud keychain in your new iPhone SE.

Way 1: Restart Your Device

I am sure you have already tried this before coming here. However, if you haven’t, sometimes, restarting your iPhone SE can resolve your matter of keychain as well. This can happen if a background application or action caused the keychain error. In that case, restarting your phone will terminate that action, and you will be able to turn your keychain on. To do this, you have to:

1. Press and hold the side button on your iPhone. After a few seconds, the power off slider will appear.

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2. Drag the slider to turn it off. It might take about 30 seconds to turn off completely.

3. Wait a few seconds after it has completely turned off.

4. Now turn it back on. To do so, simply press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

After your phone is turned on, check if your keychain is turning on or not. If not, then simply jump over to our next method.

Way 2: Log Out and Log In iCloud on Your iPhone

Often, simply logging out and then logging back in on your iCloud can fix the issue of keychain not working on your new iPhone. Usually, you do not need a complex or out of the way trick to fix your keychain not turning on. Logging out and logging in on your iCloud has a pretty standard method in every iOS device.

1. Go to Settings on your iPhone. Your device comes with an in-built settings option that can not be removed. You can access it by tapping on the silver mechanical gear icon. If you can’t find it, swipe left and search for settings.

2. Tap on [your name].

3. Now, scroll down and tap the Sign Out button at the bottom.

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4. Your iPhone will ask you to enter your Apple ID password. Type it in and tap turn off.

5. If you want to keep a copy of data on your phone, then turn that on.

6. After that, tap sign out.

7. Your iPhone will ask you for confirmation if you are sure you want to sign out. Tap sign out again to confirm.

8. You have successfully signed out of iCloud.

9. Now, it is time to log in again. To do this, tap on the silver mechanized icon to access the settings again.

10. On top of the screen, under the search bar, you’ll see blue text reading “Sign in to your iPhone.” If you are already signed in, it will show your name and information instead.

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11. Now, sign in with your Apple ID.

12. After entering your username and password, you will see a blank screen reading Signing in your iCloud.... This may take a few seconds, so be patient.

13. After this, it may ask you to enter your iPhone password.

14. You have successfully signed in to your Apple ID. Now, you will see your name and information on top of the settings menu. Tap on your name.

15. You’ll see a screen titled Apple ID. From here, tap iCloud.

16. Now, you are logged in your iCloud.

Check if your new iPhone SE is accessing the keychain or not. If yes, then your problem is fixed. However, if you still have that problem, you’ll need to set up your keychain again. To do that, simply jump over to over next method.

Way 3: Set Up Keychain Again

If you are dealing with a very stubborn iCloud Keychain issue in your new iPhone, then this method is definitely for you. If you’re not accessing the keychain on the new iPhone, then follow these simple steps to set it up again:

1. Again, tap on the silver mechanized gear icon to open the settings on your new iPhone.

2. Tap on iCloud to open the iCloud menu.

3. From here, locate Keychain and tap on it.

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4. Tap on Advanced.

5. Now, tap Approve with security code. Your iPhone will ask you to enter your iCloud security code.

6. After that, tap on the Forgot code.

7. Now, tap on Reset iCloud keychain. This will replace the iCloud keychain on the cloud with the iCloud items on your device.

8. To confirm, tap on Reset.

9. After that, your iPhone will ask you to create a new security code for your iCloud.

Check if your new iPhone SE is accessing the keychain or not. If yes, then your problem is fixed. However, if you still have that problem, you’ll need to set up your keychain again. To do that, simply jump over to over next method.

Extra Tips: Find Passwords for iPhone with PassFab iOS Password Manager

Just a healthy tip for you, especially iOS 14 users! If you forget the login credentials to your Apple ID or screentime password, you can easily recover it with the help of the PassFab iOS Password Manager. To do this, you have to download and install the PassFab iOS password manager application on your computer or Mac. After that, follow these simple steps:

1. Connect your iPhone device with the computer and launch the PassFab iOS password manager application.

2. Click on Start Scan to begin the scanning process.

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3. After the scan is complete, it will give you a list of all the Apple ID passwords, Wi-Fi information, credit card information, and screentime password on your device.

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4. After that, simply export the iOS password you need, and you’re done.

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Congratulation guys. If you have reached the end of this article, it means that you were successful in accessing the iCloud keychain in your new iPhone SE. Your keychain stores all your personal information, passwords, and login credentials so you don’t have to worry about keeping a track record. If you can not turn on your keychain in your new iPhone SE, try these simple methods that will help you fix your problem. You might be prompted along the way to give your iPhone passcode for verification. In case you forget, you can use PassFab iOS Password Manager to recover it. On that note, I bid you a farewell, and Good luck!

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