Google: Passkey support for Android and Chrome!

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”:

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).

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The following procedure includes scanning a QR code to sign in to a desktop or laptop using a passkey on your phone:

For example, an Android user can now sign in to a passkey-enabled website using Safari on a Mac. Similarly, a Chrome user on Windows can do the same using a passkey stored on their iOS device.

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.

Passkeys created through the web API will work seamlessly with apps that are affiliated with the same domain, and vice versa. The native API will give apps a unified way to let the user pick either a passkey, if they have one, or a saved password. This shared experience for both types of users aids the transition to 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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  1. Google has rolled out support for Android and Chrome devices for its Passkey feature. This means that you can now enjoy the convenience of using your phone or tablet to sign in to websites that require a passkey code. And even better, your Passkeys are safely saved up and synchronized to the Google Password Manager so you never have to worry about losing them. Simply open up the Password Manager on your device and select “Enter a passkey.” Then, scan the QR code on the website’s sign-in page with your device’s camera or enter the key manually.

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