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Because browsing on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is so similar in experience to browsing on your computer, you'll probably find yourself visiting and using all the sites you normally visit on your desktop computer, such as your banking website or online stores. When it comes to ordering items and managing various bank or credit card accounts, you often have to fill in various form fields, which frankly, could get a little tedious and time-consuming on the iPhone keyboard. Fortunately like it's full-fledged counterpart on your computer, Safari for IOS includes an auto fill feature, which fills in your name, address, password and even credit card information automatically when you tap in form fields.
To activate the auto fill feature go to Settings > Safari and then tap Passwords & AutoFill. Here you have three main options to turn on and off. The first is Use Contact Info. By tapping that on, you're telling Safari to use the contact information for yourself in your list of contacts. Make sure it's your own name that appears in the My Info area. If it's not there, tap My Info, and that opens your contact list. Then you can find your personal info and select it. As long as you leave Use Contact Info on, any time you tap into a field where you have to enter your name, address, phone number and so on you'll be able to tap an auto fill button which will fill out the form with the info from your contact.
We'll see this in action in a moment. The second option here is Names and Passwords. I'll turn that on. Now if you don't use a pass code or touch ID on your device, the first thing you'll see here is a warning telling you that with AutoFill on, anything who has access to your device can view and use your saved passwords. And you get the option here to turn pass code lock on. So this is actually a pretty good idea, but for this example, I'll use it without pass code. But again if you are going to allow your device and AutoFill sensitive information, its a good idea to use password protection in real life. So with this option on Safari will offer to remember names and passwords you enter on websites so you won't have to type them manually again in future.
You can even turn on Always Allow, which will allow AutoFill to work on websites that include code requesting passwords not to be saved. Notice that, to use this option, you have to have Passcode Lock enabled. I'm just going to cancel that for now. The third area is new to iOS 7, and it's where you can choose to save credit card info. Again, I'm going to choose to use this without Passcode, but I highly recommend you turn it on if you're going to use this feature. You can tap save credit cards, and then add credit card to fill in your credit card information. I'm just going to cancel that, and you can see I've already entered some phony credit card info here for this example.
So, let's leave all three of these options on for now, and we'll leave settings and I'll open Safari. Now here I have a form at lynda.com for signing up for a subscription. As you can see there are several fields to fill out here. I'll tap in the first name field. Notice that in addition to the keyboard appearing, above it I have some buttons that include AutoFill. I'll tap AutoFill and just like that most of the information has just been completed. Conveniently, the fields that Safari fills out for you are highlighted in yellow so you can make sure your information went into the correct fields. If you need to change or add anything, just tap in the field you need to edit.
You can also use the previous and next buttons to jump from field to field so you don't have to constantly tap the fields before you type in them. That's these arrows here next to AutoFill. So again, this information is pulled from your contact information, so the only info you have in Contacts can be used to AutoFill a form. Now let's look at the Names and Passwords feature in action. I'll just tape Done there and I'll tap the Pages button, and here I have the Gmail homepage, so let's say I want to check my email, I'll have to enter my user name and password to access my Gmail account. I'll tap Sign In. And now I'm asked by Safari if I want to store this information.
I can choose Save Password to accept, Never for This Website, which will set it so Safari will never bug you to remember this password again, or Not Now if you don't want to save the user name and password at this time, but want the option to do so in the future. I'll just say Not Now. Lets look at how the Credit Card AutoFill works now. I have another page open here. And this is the page to add credit card info at Amazon.com. Notice when I tap in the credit card field, I get the credit card option here next to AutoFill. Tapping that allows me to choose which credit card I want to use. And it fills in the relevant information. Now, if you ever change your mind about which items you want Safari remembering, return to Settings, go to Passwords and AutoFill, and again here, you can choose which of these three options you want to turn off.
This is also where you can delete any saved passwords, by going to Saved Passwords. I don't have any saved right now, but I could edit and delete them here. Or I could go into Saved Credit Cards, and select and delete credit cards from here as well. So, that's using AutoFill in iOS 7.
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