Set Safari AutoFill email address preferences in OS X

If you use Safari on the Apple Mac to browse the web, you probably use its ability to automatically fill in name and email fields in forms. Here’s how to choose the email address you want to use.

Use AutoFill in Safari

When you come across a web page that requires you to enter your email address, such as a log in or sign in form, click in the email box and press Shift+Command+A, or alternatively, select AutoFill Form on the Edit menu. Your email address is automatically entered for you.

AutoFill in Safari in OS X

At first sight this sounds great, but many people have more than one email address and you might have two, three or more. For example, you could have a work email address, a personal email, one for iCloud, one left over from MobileMe (remember that from a few years ago?).

When you have several email addresses, there is the question of which one Safari will use when it automatically fills in the email box in a form on a web page. It has several to choose from, but it is not a random choice and you might find that somehow it is choosing the wrong one. How do you get AutoFill to default to using a different email address?

Edit Safari AutoFill data

Start Safari then go to the Safari menu and select Preferences. Click the AutoFill icon in the toolbar and there is an option to AutoFill web forms using info from my Contacts card. Make sure this ticked and click the Edit... button on the right.

AutoFill in Safari in OS X

This opens the Contacts app, selects your contact card (you should have a card in Contacts with your name on), and automatically selects edit mode.

Look down the information to the section with email addresses. You might have one that is labelled home, another that is labelled work, one that says other, and so on.

The email address that is first in the list is the one that Safari will use when automatically filling in forms. If the first one in the list is not the one you want to use, you must click in the address, delete it and replace it with the email AutoFill should use.

Contacts app in OS X

The order of email addresses below the first does not matter.

This is how El Capitan works, but I cannot guarantee that this is true for older versions of OS X. In fact, I have heard it said that AutoFill will use the email address that has the label email, even if it is not the first address in the list.

If you find that the first email address is not being used, click the label, such as home or work, and select email for the label or select Custom and create a label called email.



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