Passwords for websites and apps are being phased out in favor of “passkeys” that just need you to unlock your smartphone, according to Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others in the sector. As of right now, passkey login is supported on Google Chrome and Android.
In order to authenticate your device passcode or fingerprint before stored credentials are automatically inserted, Google compares the experience of using passkeys to that of other password managers, such as its own. Passkeys are also safely saved up and synchronized to the Google Password Manager to “avoid lockouts in the case of device loss.”
Two new features are being unveiled today for Chrome Canary users and early adopters who sign up for the Google Play Services test, with a stable rollout scheduled for “later this year”:
- Users can create and use passkeys on Android devices, which are securely synced through the Google Password Manager.
- Developers can build passkey support on the web with Chrome, via the WebAuthn API, on Android and other platforms.
Validate the passkey account details on a service that is compatible with passkey (steps 1-2), and you then unlock your smartphone using your fingerprint, face, or passcode. Similarly, selecting the appropriate account and unlocking your phone are the only two steps in the login process (3–4).
The following procedure includes scanning a QR code to sign in to a desktop or laptop using a passkey on your phone:
In addition to releasing these functionalities on stable channels, Google will also make a native Android API available this year to allow mobile applications to take advantage of web passkeys.
The ability to enable passkeys for users of third-party credential managers for Android will be available “next year,” according to the company.
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