Support Staff2 Posted by Kyle Swank on 10 Apr, 2012 12:02 AM
Thanks for taking the time to contact us with your
Due to the way that iOS works we are unable to implement a
1Password icon inside of Safari on both the iPhone and iPad. Apple
doesn't provide a mechanism for us to do this. If they make this
available as an option we most certainly would do our best to
As an alternative we have a built in web browser that allows you
to use your logins that way. Simply tap the website address in the
1Password login item to open it in the built in web browser. We
don't support saving new logins from the built in web browser, but
you can use existing items.
Just tap the + button in the main application to add a login
I wasn't going down the road of asking to have 1P be the default
browser, I went down the road of giving mobile safari the same sort
of plugin infrastructure as desktop safari. I want to keep using
mobile safari (for compatibility and feature reasons) but I want
the 1P button in mobile safari so that it can fill in the passwords
just like on the desktop.
We'd love to see Mobile Safari extensions for 1Password, and
other apps too, but I honestly doubt it's something Apple would
ever really want, iOS is a sandboxed OS at its core, adding
extension support would weaken that and could lead to some security
That's just what we're guessing at the moment, we're coming
close to iOS 6 now with not even a hint of mobile Safari
extensions, it may happen one day but it's not likely to be soon in
All we, as 1Password, can do is to improve our built-in browser
and maybe find a nice way to let you open pages from Safari into
1Password's browser via a bookmarklet.
The same restrictions that prevent us from integrating with
Mobile Safari apply to integrating with Chrome on iOS, or any other
browser, there's just no way to do it right now as iOS is
completely sandboxed, for good reason.
wow i'm glad i read this. I was about to splash out and pay the
huge price for this software. I use pc/mac/ipad/android and its
quite a lot of money to get all those.
But for that cost I would expect a better solution for my ipad. I
dont want to use an integrated browser and i wont use one.
I think you need some creative thinking on the subject. I could add
readability scripts to safari without any problem, why dont you go
that route? Also firefox home's system of a page of links where you
can choose to open in safari?
I currently use Keepass, but the osx apps are dreadful and dont
even read the database entries correctly.
The system keepass uses is to allow you to copy the user/pass from
the database and then paste it into your safari page - does
1password offer the same solution?
I'm a little unclear how the whole system actually works - how
different is it to keepass (which i am also considering)
We are investigating all the options Apple's current, and
future, iOS allows. However, when it comes to the security of data,
we have some additional concerns that we need to investigate. Just
because something can be done, doesn't mean that we can do it
My comments do not refer to your suggested workarounds, per se,
nor do they mean we are not looking at any particular option. We
will continue to consider all of the options available, and it is
our intention to provide a much better browser integration
experience in the future.
We do not comment on other developers' apps, so I cannot provide
you with a comparison, but I'm confident there are many on the web
for you to review. Regardless, we are more than happy to discuss
1Password with you. If you have specific questions, please start a
new discussion, and we'll do our best to help you there. :)