How to Use 1Password’s Demo Mode

If you use 1Password (and you should—it’s great!), then you likely know that it’s always awkward to show the iOS app off to other people, as it may involve revealing your own personal data. And I don’t just mean passwords, either; nothing says “OH GOD” quite like opening 1Password in front of a friend only to scroll past a stored login for a particularly out-there porn site.

Or doing it in front of your mom.

In any case, the fine folks at AgileBits thought ahead and built in a special example vault that you can enable in such cases. It’s filled with nonsense data that looks real, so you could use this to demo how the app works without demoing…your proclivities…too. Anyway, here’s how you enable this! Start by opening the app on your iPhone or iPad, then tap the “Settings” tab.

Settings Tab in 1Password on iPhone

Within “Settings,” touch “Vaults”…

Go to Vaults in Settings in 1Password

…and in there, you’ll find “Add Demo Vault.”

When you tap that, you’ll note that the picture that represents the vault has changed. Hello, “Wendy Appleseed,” the fake user created by AgileBits!

You can then feel free to browse “Wendy’s” vault and show off the app to anyone without being paranoid about your own info.

Wendy's Fake Data in 1Password from demo vault

When you’re ready to be done with poor boring Wendy, just tap back up on her icon in 1Password’s upper-left corner, then pick the other vault you want to open.

Pick Different Vault in 1Password

And your app will be back to normal. Hey, did I mention you should be using 1Password? Yep, you definitely need to check it out. And no, they aren’t paying me to say that; I’ve been using 1Password myself since 2010. I can’t believe that! I don’t even remember being alive that long ago.

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