Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Google Rolls Out Password-Free Logins for Android Users

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom in display fingerprint sensor Logging into some Google services on Android is now as easy as unlocking your phone
Cecil Davis | 13 August, 2019, 18:07

This week, though, all phones with Android Nougat+ (and a fingerprint reader) will have access. What's new here is being able to use that same fingerprint to log in to one of Google's web services within the Chrome browser. That means that the part of your brain that stored these passwords can be freed up for more important things like pop culture trivia. If you use Google Passwords and own a Pixel device, the feature should work for you right now, so give it a try! So, the list includes multi-digit PINs, fingerprints, and drawn patterns.

However, local user verification is used for "reauthentication during step-up flows to verify the identity of the already signed-in user".

As demonstrated in the GIF, using your fingerprint to access your account information is as easy as selecting the "use your lock screen" option and then scanning your fingerprint when the prompt appears on your screen.

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Google doesn't have fingerprint data on its servers - that stays locally on your phone. Although Android got support for FIDO2 earlier this year, Google is now allowing some of its services to take advantage of the protocol's password-less authentication, starting today with Pixel devices, and rolling out over the next few days more widely to other devices running Android 7 Nougat and later.

Once Google has credentials for a specific Android device, users can log in with their fingerprint to a compatible service.

At the time of writing, it was unclear which Google services could be used with this new password-less login method, with the only example provided in the blog post now being for the company's online Password Manager. At the moment, you can use the functionality to view and edit the passwords that Google has saved for you at passwords.google.com, but Google says it plans to add the functionality to more Google and Google Cloud services in the future.