You can now unlock some Google services on your Android phone with just your fingerprint
Google is rolling out a change to how it handles sign-in services on the Android version of Google Chrome. Now, you’ll be able to sign in with just your fingerprint, instead of having to remember your password to type in.
The feature is live now already for some handsets, and every phone running Android 7 or later will get the feature “over the next few days.”
You can now sign into some Google services with just your fingerprint
Google has long let you use your fingerprint to authenticate Google Pay purchases and log into apps. Now it’s expanding that to services inside the Chrome browser. The only service that works with it currently is Google’s saved passwords page, but it plans to build it out to other Google and Google Cloud services over time.
Here’s how to use it:
- Go to passwords.google.com to view and edit the passwords that Google is saving for you
- You’ll get a prompt to verify your identity using your fingerprint
- Tapping on any password in the list will also trigger a “Verify that it’s you” prompt, which can be verified using any of the unlock methods you have set on your Android handset
The fingerprint authentication is built on the FIDO2 and WebAuthn protocols, both of which are much more secure than normal passwords. FIDO2 certification came in Android 7, so any device running that or later versions are compatible. It’s also the same tech that enables Google to let you use your phone as a 2FA security key for your Google account.
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