Safari in macOS Catalina 10.15.4 Will Import Google Chrome Passwords to iCloud Keychain

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 25 Mar 2020

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Apple yesterday released the macOS Catalina 10.15.4 update with a number of new features and enhancements like Screen Time Communication Limits, time-synced lyrics in the Music app, and more. Among other things, Apple has also updated Safari in macOS 10.15.4 to automatically import passwords from Chrome to iCloud Keychain.

If you have been looking to switch to Safari from Chrome for a long time but were avoiding doing so because all your passwords were synced with your Google account, this new feature will make your life easier. Once you import all your Chrome passwords to iCloud Keychain, they will also be automatically available across all your other Apple devices including iPhones and iPads which use the same Apple account. iCloud Keychain will also automatically fill the login details whenever you visit any website. The good thing is that Safari and iCloud Keychain work with Face ID so your identity will first be verified prior to your login details being entered automatically.

Safari HDR Playback macOS Catalina

Apple has also added HDR playback support for Netflix content in Safari for compatible computers. Do note that MacBooks do not ship with an HDR display so you won’t be able to stream HDR content on your MacBook’s display. This feature will be useful for Pro Display XDR owners as that monitor supports HDR, though Netflix will need to certify this setup from its end.

The update also adds handy options for opening a duplicate tab and for closing all tabs to the right of the current tab. Apple has also added full third-party cookie blocking in Safari across all platforms.