Keychain for Mac - Delete a Keychain

You can delete a keychain. You might want to do this if, for example, you’ve forgotten the password or you’re transferring a computer to someone else.

To access the keychain you will need to open your keychain from the Finder>Applications>Utilities>Keychain Access.

Important: If you delete a keychain, all its information is deleted. But you can recover its items later as long as you know its password.

Delete a keychain

  1. If keychains are hidden, choose View > Show Keychains.

  2. Select a keychain in the Keychains list.

  3. Choose File > Delete Keychain [keychain name].

  4. Click Delete References.

Recover items stored in a deleted keychain

If you deleted a keychain because you forgot the password, then remember your password later, you can recover the items stored in the deleted keychain.

  1. Choose File > Add Keychain.

  2. Select the deleted keychain file.

    You can also open the Keychain file in the Finder or, if you use Time Machine to back up your files, you can restore the file with Time Machine. Keychains are usually located in the Keychains folder in the Library folder in your home folder.

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:mac osx keychain access delete utilities computer password   Doc ID:79718
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-01-29 12:09 MDTUpdated:2018-02-15 10:26 MDT
Sites:New Mexico State University
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