Android users can now log in to some Chrome services without password

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Credit: https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/12/20801954/google-passwords-chrome-fido2-webauthn-fingerprint-biometrics-screen-lock

Of course, I knew we would get to this—a time when we get to log in to some Google services without the need for a password. That time is now according to Google—you can now log in to some Chrome services on your Android phone with juts your fingerprint.

The feature is already available for some Android users who now can access some services on Chrome without having to worry about using their password. Perhaps, it is time we started doing away with the use of passwords—we have been dealt a bitter blow lately by hackers, and the fact that something is being done about it brings relief—maybe.

Some Android users like I said can already use the new feature, and it could be available to more and probably every user in the next couple of days. Of course, your version of Android must be v7 and above. Information made available to users on the Google Help Page revealed that the feature will also allow you to log in using whichever method you have set to unlock your device—and these may include pins and pattern unlock.

In case you want to use fingerprint to log in to some of these services on Chrome, which of course, is not new because you are already using this to authenticate Google Pay purchases, all you need to do is to use that same fingerprint to log in to one of Google’s web services within the Chrome browser.

There is not much you can do with the feature at the moment, but at least you can view and edit the passwords that were previously saved for you by Google at passwords.google.com. There are plans according to Google, to add the feature to more Google and Google Cloud services sometime in the future.

You can visit passwords.google.com using the Chrome browser on your Android phone to give the new feature a shot if you run a version of Android that meets the requirement set by Google. According to The Verge, you will be prompted to verify one of the saved passwords on Chrome using your fingerprint or any other method you normally use to unlock your Android phone. Please bear in mind that you will need to have added your personal Google Account to your Android device before this can work for you.

In 2018, Google announced that it would add the ability to use fingerprint sensor to the Chrome browser—drawing strength from the existing Android fingerprint sensors and MacBook Pro Touch ID sensors for scans.

The fingerprint sensor feature will further improve user privacy and make the browser even safer for users. The company further confirmed the belief that the Chrome browser is the most secure and most efficient among other top browsers available at the moment.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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