DotPass is an app for generating and retrieving passwords. You enter a graphical pattern in a dot grid and a plain text seed word (like "facebook", "work email" or whatever makes sense to you), and the app then generates a password based on this unique combination.
Tap the password to copy it, and then past it into whatever login form you need it for.
The idea is that a graphic pattern and plain seed words are much easier to remember than strong passwords. Any change in either pattern or seed word results in a completely different password. So you can decide on one pattern and reuse together with different seed words for different accounts, and get good different passwords for each account.
As long as you remember the pattern you've chosen and the plain text seed words for your accounts, you can get your passwords back. But unlike other solutions your passwords are never stored on your device or sent into the "cloud", so there is no password information in the app that can be stolen or lost.
- All generated passwords contain numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters to fulfill common password criteria.
- Select either 9 or 18 character passwords
- For security app resets and clears any copied passwords from the pasteboard after use.
There is also an iOS version of DotPass available in the iOS App Store. So you can easily access the same passwords on your phone/pad as well.
To make these passwords secure you must of course keep your pattern and seed words secret, just as you would with your password. If you are worried about someone looking over your shoulder you can use the extra privacy features in the app to hide the pattern, seed or password after entry. For added security the app automatically resets if left in the background more than a minute.
For a more in-depth security discussion go to
- New Help menu with access to introduction and security discussion
Ratings and Reviews
This is a great start.
Need to have a list of saved passwords.
I hope the developer continues to update this.
Developer Response ,
I've considered saving a list of seed words in the app to make it quicker to use, but I've been reluctant since this would make the app much less secure. But I realize that it would convenient, so maybe I'll add an option for it, letting users pick the balance between security and convenience in the app for themselves.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.