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Passkeys for Android and Chrome

Diego Zavala Product ManagerAndroid), Christiaan Brand, Product Manager (Account Security), Ali Naddaf, Software Engineer (Identity Ecosystems), Ken Buchanan, Software Engineer (Chrome)

Check out passkeys Android & Chrome starting today

Google today announced passkey support that will be available to both Android Chrome.

Passkeys offer a much safer option to passwords and other cryptographic authentication options. They can’t be reused, won’t leak to server breaches and provide protection against phishing attack. They are industry-standards and compatible with all browsers and operating systems. Passkeys can also be used to access websites or apps.

Passkeys are familiar with the UX pattern and can be used to enhance password autofill. The end-user can simply use one to verify their password with their current device screen lock. Passkeys on users’ phones and computers are backed up and synced through the cloud to prevent lockouts in the case of device loss. Users can also use the passkeys saved on their phones to log in to websites and apps on nearby devices.

Today’s announcement is a major milestone in our work with passkeys, and enables two key capabilities:

  1. On this site, users can make and use their passkeys Android Google Password Manager securely syncs devices.
  2. Through the WebAuthn API developers can create passkey support for their websites to allow end-users to use Chrome. Android Other supported platforms

You can try it today by enrolling in Google Play Services beta. These features will become generally available via stable channels in the second half of this year.

The API for Natives will be our next milestone in 2022 Android apps. Access to the API web interface will allow you to share your passkeys with any apps that are part of the same domain. Native APIs provide apps with a single interface that allows users to select either a new passkey or an existing password. Users and developers can easily transition to using passkeys with a seamless, familiar UX.

Registering on a site at an Android Device with passkey

To create a password, the user must do two things: 1) confirm your passkey account information and 2) present their screen lock, fingerprint or face when requested.

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It is as easy to sign up: (1) Select the account you wish to log in to and (2) Present your fingerprint, screen lock, or face when asked.

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With a passkey, sign in to any website from a computer nearby. Android device

You can sign in to a nearby device using a passkey from your phone. An example is: Android You can use Safari to sign in on any passkey-enabled site from a Mac. Passkey support for Chrome is similar. A Chrome user can sign in to a website that supports passkeys, such as Windows.

Passkeys can be used across all platforms and browsers, including Windows, macOS, iOS and ChromeOS. This ensures that they work with any device and provide a consistent user experience.


For a future without passwords, we will do everything possible

For years, we have collaborated with other industry players, such as Apple and Microsoft. We’ve been supporting FIDO and W3C Webauthn standards since they were created.

While today is an important step forward, our work is far from over. Google is committed to creating a world in which users have control over where passwords and passkeys are kept. We will be introducing new changes in 2014, so please stay tuned. AndroidThis allows third-party credential managers the ability to provide support for passkeys on behalf of their users.

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