Stash

macOS Instructions

Setting up Stash Password Manager to use with your Mac computer. (Note: This video was created using an early version of the app and you may notice some differences in the layout)

Product Requirements

  1. The Stash Password Manager app installed on an Android smartphone with Bluetooth capabilities and your physical Stash device (Stash).
  2. A Bluetooth enabled Mac equipped with macOS El Capitan or above. Supported browsers: Safari and Google Chrome.

How to install Stash Connect on your Mac computer 

  1. Download "Stash Connect" for your macOS by clicking here.
  2. Once the download is complete, open the .dmg file.
  3.  Follow the installation instructions in the .dmg file window by dragging the Stash Connect icon into the Applications folder. 
  4. To open the newly installed "Stash Connect" app on your Mac,  double click on the Applications folder in the .dmg file window to open the Applications folder. Locate the Stash Connect app and double click it to start the app.
  5. The Stash Connect app icon will display in the top menu bar on the right-hand side. You will see an Apple system popup warning that Stash Connect requires “Accessibility Access” to your computer. You must allow this in order for Stash Connect to automate signing in for you. Follow the popup’s instructions to the System Preference window and enable Stash Connect under the Accessibility setting.
  6. For the convenience of use, we recommend moving the Stash Connect icon to the far right side of the menu bar by holding down the Command key and dragging the icon to a new position. This will reduce the likelihood of the icon being covered by an open application.
  7. Next, you will have to pair your Android phone to your computer through the Stash Password Manager app on your phone before you can make any requests from your computer to sign in.

Pairing your Android smartphone to your computer through the Stash Password Manager app on your phone.

Note: If you Bluetooth pair your Android smartphone to your Mac computer outside the Stash Password Manager app on your Android phone, Stash Connect will not work.

  1. Open Bluetooth settings on your Mac computer through Apple System Preferences and make sure Bluetooth is turned on. If your Android phone is already listed in your list of paired devices, you will need to “Forget” it before you continue with the next step.
  2. On your Android smartphone, enable Bluetooth in your phone Settings. If your Mac computer is already listed in your list of paired devices, you will need to “Forget” it before you continue with the next step.
  3. Open the Stash Password Manager app on your Android phone.
  4. Click the “hamburger” menu in the top left hand corner of the Stash Password Manager app on your Android phone.
  5. Select “Settings”.
  6. Select “Add trusted computer”.
  7. Follow the onscreen instructions on your Android phone  and select “Bluetooth Settings” button in the instruction popup.
  8. Now, go back to your Mac computer and you should see your Android phone listed in the list of available Bluetooth devices to connect to. On your computer, click “Pair” beside your Android phone’s name to begin the pairing process.
  9. Back on your Android phone, a pairing code popup window will display and you should accept this code to complete the pairing process.
  10. Now, on your Mac computer, you can click on the Stash Connect icon in the top menu bar and you should see your newly paired Android phone’s name in the list of connected devices. Select the name of your Android phone.
  11. Congratulations! You can now make requests from your computer to automate signing in to websites and applications on your computer.

Logging into accounts on your Mac computer using "Stash Connect"

Note: You will need to have completed the setup of your Stash and Stash Password Manager app on your Android smartphone first.

  1. Make sure the Stash Password Manager app is running in the background on your Android smartphone and Bluetooth is enabled.
  2. On your computer, visit the website or app you want to log into.
  3. Click your mouse cursor into the "Username" field and then click the Stash Connect icon located on the top menu bar of your Mac computer. (Important: Stash Connect will autofill your login credentials wherever you place your mouse cursor. Make sure you have it in the correct place before completing the next step)
  4. Select “Request Sign In”.
  5. You will receive a notification request on your Android smartphone.
  6. Tap "Allow" in the notification on your Android smartphone.
  7. If the Stash Password Manager app does not recognize the request, you can select the account you would like to associate with the request.
  8. Hold your Stash to the back of your smartphone while pressing the button until it is successfully read.
  9. The phone will send your username and password to your computer via Bluetooth, and your computer will autofill your username and password into the fields where you have placed your cursor.
  10. Congratulations! You successfully signed into an account on your computer by tapping your Stash to your phone.

Special cases to be aware of:

  1. If you only need to sign in with your password, put your mouse cursor in the password field and make sure you select “Request Password” in your Stash Connect menu. This request will only type in your password.
  2. If the website you are logging into does not let you enter both the username and password on the same page, then you can still select the “Request Sign In” option in the Stash Connect menu, but in your Android phone app, BEFORE you tap your Stash, select the option to “Manually Send”. Then tap your Stash and your credentials will display on the phone. Beside your Username and Password, airplane buttons will display that let you send your Username and Password to your computer separately.
  3. There are a few rare websites that do not follow standard input form protocols. If you come across a website that sends you to a different webpage or fails to sign in through your Stash Connect request, check to see if you can tab from the Username field to the Password field. You can do this by placing your mouse cursor into the Username field and pressing the “Tab” key to move to the Password field. If it does not transition to the Password field, continue pressing the “Tab” key until it does. Take note of how many “Tab” keypresses are required to move from the Username field to the Password field, and you can update this information in your Stash Password Manager app on your Android phone. On your phone, long tap the Company name of the account you are having problems with. Select “Yes” to edit the Company. Select the Sources tab, and select the website address you need to edit the number of “Tab” keypresses for. Once updated, you should now be able to successfully sign into that website through a Stash Connect request. 

Stash Connect Preferences:

  1. Auto start app on login - This option will start your Stash Connect app every time you log in after a computer shutdown or restart. This option is enabled by default.
  2. Login screen requests - This option will allow Stash Connect to make a request to sign in when your Mac computer lock screen is displayed. This option is enabled by default. Note: After a computer shutdown or restart, this feature will not be enabled until you manually log in for the first time on your computer.