Yes indeed. I have been googling this too and come up with nothing helpful. I cannot access the options if I cannot enable Keychain. later I may sign out and back in and see if that changes anything.

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On 9/20/2016 9:30 AM, Tim Kilburn wrote:

so, on your Mac, it is asking for a four digit code when you attempt to enable 
iCloud Keychain?  Hmmm.


Tim Kilburn
Fort McMurray, AB Canada

On Sep 20, 2016, at 09:55, E.T. <> wrote:

  I'm wondering now if I am mistaken here. When I try to enable Keychain, the 
dialog asks for iCloud security code and its a 4 digit code. This must not be 
the same thing as the one that requires 6 digits.

  Mu iPhone and iPad both do not have Keychain enabled.

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On 9/20/2016 7:35 AM, Tim Kilburn wrote:

I suggest that you then first turn iCloud Keychain off on your iPhone.  It 
shouldn't require a code for that, just your Apple ID credentials.  Now, try 
enabling it on your Mac.  If it is already on, when you click on Options, a 
dialog should appear that gives you the option to change your Security Code.  
this needs to be a six digit code.  It accepts numbers kind of like the 
pass-code on an iPhone whereby you push a number and it pops over to the next 
numeric field automatically.  You'll need to enter this code two times, a phone 
number that accepts SMS messages, then enter your Apple ID credentials to 
confirm the change.  This is to make sure that a third party could not simply 
change that Security Code and SMS number without knowing all your info.

Let me know how it goes.


Tim Kilburn
Fort McMurray, AB Canada

On Sep 20, 2016, at 08:21, E.T. <> wrote:

Hi Tim,
 At this point I am not sure I ever did enable Keychain. Working from the Mac I 
cannot get past the dialog for the code. If I enter one the iPhone gets a text 
with a verification code which I type in on the Mac which then cycles back to 
requesting the security code. So I get nowhere. On that dialog there is text 
that says Forgot code. Its not a link or button.

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On 9/20/2016 7:06 AM, Tim Kilburn wrote:

Just a quick clarification first.  There is usually no need to enter the security code 
when choosing to approve the device from another device.  For example, if I wished to 
enrol my iPhone to use the iCloud Keychain, and if I'd already had it enabled on my Mac, 
then I'd choose "Approve from another device", which in turn would send a 
notification to all my devices that have iCloud Keychain enabled.  I would accept it on 
my Mac, and would be asked to enter my Apple ID password.  No Security Code needed.  If 
this is the first device you're enrolling, then you'll need to enter a new Security Code.

If you're unsure as to whether you've set it up initially on another device, or 
have forgot your Security Code, I find it easiest to work from the Mac to reset 
this sort of stuff.  This is done in System Preferences, iCloud.  Once you fix 
things up within iCloud on your Mac, you can use the regular methods of 
approval mentioned above.



Tim Kilburn
Fort McMurray, AB Canada

On Sep 19, 2016, at 23:05, E.T. <> wrote:

Decided to enable this. When I do, I am asked for the iCloud Keychain security 
code. I enter one then go to the iPhone to get a code from there to enter on 
the Mac to approve the iPhone. Am again asked for the iCloud Keychain security 

So now I need to reset it. On the Mac in iCloud prefs I need to select the 
Option button in the table. Nothing happens. I know I am missing something 
somewhere. If I check iCloud Keychain in the table, I get the dialog dealing 
with the iPhone. But if I want to click that Options button, I have to interact 
with the iCloud Keychain item. And that gets me nowhere. What now?

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