Finally! I found the needed information online but as is happening more and more, Apple support articles do not quite match up.

But I finally was able to do it from my iPhone and now the Mac is happy. Thanks for sticking with this.


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On 9/22/2016 1:35 PM, Tim Kilburn wrote:
Hmmm.  Is iCloud Keychain enabled at the moment, or disabled?

Later...

Tim Kilburn
Fort McMurray, AB Canada

On Sep 22, 2016, at 14:13, E.T. <ancient.ali...@icloud.com> wrote:

  When I do that I am placed on the iCloud Drive item. This happened every time 
when I tried to activate the Options button yesterday.

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On 9/22/2016 1:05 PM, Tim Kilburn wrote:
Hi,

When you interact with the Services table, navigate down to Keychain,
then interact again, there'll be an Options button.  Press on that and
you should have the ability to change the code.

Later...

Tim Kilburn
Fort McMurray, AB Canada

On Sep 22, 2016, at 13:58, E.T. <ancient.ali...@icloud.com
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Tim,
 Signed out and closed System prefs then opened it and signed in again.
Same thing happened except this time the dialog said incorrect code. I
see no place to reset it.

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On 9/20/2016 10:00 AM, Tim Kilburn wrote:
Hi,

Yes, signing out then exiting System Preferences sounds like a good
thing to do.  It is good to quit System Prefs, then go back in to
re-sign into iCloud.  This allows for System Prefs to properly kill
processes before logging back in.

Later...

Tim Kilburn
Fort McMurray, AB Canada

On Sep 20, 2016, at 10:36, E.T. <ancient.ali...@icloud.com
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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:
Hi,

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

Later...

Tim Kilburn
Fort McMurray, AB Canada

On Sep 20, 2016, at 09:55, E.T. <ancient.ali...@icloud.com> wrote:

Tim,
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:
Hi,

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.

Later...

Tim Kilburn
Fort McMurray, AB Canada

On Sep 20, 2016, at 08:21, E.T. <ancient.ali...@icloud.com> 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:
Hi,

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.

HTH.

Later...

Tim Kilburn
Fort McMurray, AB Canada

On Sep 19, 2016, at 23:05, E.T. <ancient.ali...@icloud.com> 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 code.

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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