1Password for Apple Watch: Putting Security Within Arm’s Reach

1Password for Apple Watch 01Today’s the day! A number of you (and a number of us) are finally going to be able to play with the latest and greatest addition to our gadget family: Apple Watch. No doubt, once you have sent your heartbeat to someone, put in your height and weight measurements for fitness tracking, and marveled at just how cool the haptic feedback is, you’re going to start playing with all the apps that have added support for Apple Watch. As you may have noticed from our latest iOS update, 1Password is one of those apps. We’re thrilled to introduce 1Password for Apple Watch and answer all of your burning questions about this handy little companion app to 1Password for iOS.

Is all of my 1Password data on my watch?

Add to Apple WatchNope! Much like Apple Watch is a companion device to your iPhone, 1Password for Apple Watch is a companion app to 1Password for iOS. After you enable Apple Watch functionality in 1Password’s settings, a new option will appear on the item detail screen which will allow you to “Add to Apple Watch”. You choose which pieces of information you want to make available on your Apple Watch. Logins, Passwords, Credit Cards, and Secure Notes are all fair game to add to Apple Watch.

What am I going to use this for?

When Apple Watch was announced, we immediately began brainstorming ways to bring 1Password to this incredibly personal device. Our first idea was a bit of a no-brainer: the small screen of Apple Watch, coupled with being able to access it quickly, made it the ideal place for one time passwords (TOTP). For a long time that was all our Apple Watch app did; however, after some more thought we realized it could be used for so much more.

As a recent blog post explains, 1Password can be used to store all kinds of information beyond website logins. Locker combinations, bike lock combinations, garage door codes, office keyless entry codes, banking PINs…. All of these pieces of information can be stored in 1Password, and with the introduction of Apple Watch they can now be stored on your wrist.

This is where 1Password for Apple Watch shines: Small pieces of secure data that you need throughout your day can literally be kept within arm’s reach at all times.

Store your locker combination on your Apple Watch.

Store your locker combination on your Apple Watch.

1Password for Apple Watch can ensure that your door's unlock code is always handy.

1Password for Apple Watch can ensure that your door’s unlock code is always handy.

Ok, I’m in! How do I get started?

We have a much more detailed User Guide that goes in-depth on how to set up 1Password for Apple Watch, but we’ll give you the 30,000 foot view of it here.

Step 0: Ensure you have set a device PIN code (or, preferably, a longer, more secure passphrase) and that you have purchased our Pro Features.

Step 1: Open 1Password for iOS and tap on Settings > Apple Watch > Enable Apple Watch. Set a PIN code for use on Apple Watch, and you’re good to go.

Step 2: Add an item to your Apple Watch by tapping on “Add to Apple Watch” in the item details screen.

There is no step three! (And no, we didn’t cheat by starting at zero).

Well this sounds lovely

We hope you love using 1Password on your Apple Watch as much as on all of your other devices! How will you use it to help keep all of your bits of information easily accessible? Leave a note in the comments and let us know.

1Password 5.4 for iOS: The “Go Go Gadget Watch!” Edition

watchdrawn_2xYou’ve come to love 1Password as the handiest of multi-tools on all your gadgets: your computer, your phone, your tablet…and now, your watch.

That’s right, 1Password for Apple Watch is here, ready to save the world (and, more importantly, your time)!

You don’t need to be an intrepid inspector (or a precocious crime-solver in pigtails) to appreciate the awesomeness of having 1Password on your wrist. 1Password for Apple Watch helps you find the little pieces of secret info you need every day, quickly and easily. If you need the code to open your garage door, one of your one-time passwords, or to look up the Konami Code for those extra lives when playing Contra, 1Password is right there for you.

After a couple months of diligently attending the gym, you’ve earned a coveted private locker. Of course, remembering your locker combination is probably not a priority when you’re counting reps. But if you store that combination in 1Password, it only takes a couple of taps for you to see the combination in 1Password for Apple Watch when you’re back at your locker.watch-locker-use-case

You don’t have to be a secret agent on a mission to see how 1Password for Apple Watch is the best partner your wrist could ask for. No matter what you need to have with you, 1Password for Apple Watch is there.

We’d love to know what sort of items you’re most excited to add to your new Apple Watch! Let us know in the comments or in our discussion forums.

1Password for Apple Watch is included at no additional cost for owners of the Pro Features. If you don’t yet have the Pro Features you can find them in Settings > Pro Features for $9.99.

Hand-Polished 18-karat Cogs & Sprockets

1Password 5.4 for iOS isn’t all about Apple Watch. Our quartermasters have made some other refinements to the app as well. Based on your feedback, the Message Center now has a button to mark everything as read. We also added a toggle to remove the unread badge from the settings tab. We hope you enjoy the tips we’re sharing with you via the Message Center, but this improvement will ensure it’s not distracting you during important covert missions.

1Password’s memorization skills have been fine-tuned, and it will now remember whether you were viewing Favorites or Categories and take you back there when you reopen the app.

With the 5.4 update for 1Password for iOS, quickly accessing your secure information is easier than ever, whether on your wrist, or in your pocket.

Go Go Gadget Ears!

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Update 2015-04-15: Changed a use case example.