Why does my Mac keep asking for my Keychain password?

Keychain Access is an application for Mac OS X that allows you to store passwords and other account information on your computer. 

If your computer keeps giving you a pop up asking for your Keychain password, the issue may be that your user account password (the one used to log into your computer) was changed and is now different than your keychain password.

In order to resolve this issue, you’ll need to change your password for keychain. Use the following instructions, depending on your situation:

If you know your keychain password (it should be the old password you used to log into your computer, before it was changed), follow these steps:

  1. Open up Finder. Click Applications, click Utilities, and then Keychain Access.
  2. With Keychain Access open, choose edit from the top bar on your screen. Select Change Password for Keychain “login”…
  3. Next to Current Password, enter your old password (the one used to log into your computer before it was changed.
  4. For New Password, enter the password you currently use to log into your computer, and enter it again next to Verify.
  5. Click OK.

Changing your Keychain password when you don’t remember it:

  1. Open up Finder. Click Applications, click Utilities, and then Keychain Access.
  2. With Keychain Access open, click the Keychain Access menu at the top bar on your screen. Select Preferences…
  3. Click Reset My Default Keychain.
  4. Enter your new password (the one you currently use to log into your computer). Click OK.
  5. Click the Apple Symbol in the top left corner of your screen and choose Log Out.
  6. Log back into your computer. Your account password and Keychain password should now be the same.
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