You never have to remember your passwords with Android from now on!

Yolanda Curtis
August 13, 2019

Google announced todaythat starting with the Pixel handsets, you can verify your identity with some Google services on the web by using your fingerprints or a screen lock instead of a password.

However, Google has said that the new feature is now being rolled out to Pixel phones first, and will arrive on devices running Android 7.0 Nougat or newer followin that, so it shouldn't be long before it becomes easier to log into other Google services through Chrome on Android.

Until the features become active, users will only be able to view and edit the passwords that Google has saved for you. "This means that a user only has to register their fingerprint with a service once and then the fingerprint will work for both the native application and the web service", writes Google in its security blog post. It essentially replaces traditional passwords for more secure and convenient alternatives, including fingerprint scans and facial recognition.

This change is part of Google's strategy to reduce reliance on passwords and shift to more secure two-factor authentication methods. Once there, Chrome will prompt you to authenticate your identity using your phone's fingerprint sensor. You'll need to already have your personal Google Account added to your Android device for this to work.

Google's new password-less sign-in method is built on the FIDO2, W3C WebAuthn and FIDO CTAP standards that have been developed to help reduce our dependency on passwords.

To use the feature, Google notes that you'll need a phone running Android 7 Nougat or later, your phone will need to be logged in to your Google account, and you'll have to have screen lock set up. Assisting family and colleges with "lost" passwords is just no fun any more.

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