Android users can log into some Google services using their fingerprint

Chrome for Android will now let you login to some services without password

However, the tech giant is keen on simplifying online logins by making it easier, and quicker, to securely access some of its own web services on Android devices without the need for a password.

Starting with Pixel devices, the new feature will allow you to login to something like Gmail on the web, or other Google services like YouTube online using your phone's fingerprint scanner or screen lock.

At the moment, you can go to and test out this feature to view and edit your passwords. Using the FIDO2 standard, created to improve authentication on the web (as opposed to on an Android app) users will only have to register their fingerprint or screen lock on their phone once to use it for a native app or the compatible Google services sites on the internet. It essentially replaces traditional passwords for more secure and convenient alternatives, including fingerprint scans and facial recognition. Passwords have all kinds of vulnerabilities, even before you consider the fact that a lot of people reuse them across multiple sites. Google said by using FIDO2, it can use the same authentication method both on the web and in the app.

In an effort to keep your account secure, Google will regularly ask you to confirm your password when trying to access your account on a device you've been logged into for a while. Once there, Chrome will prompt you to authenticate your identity using your phone's fingerprint sensor. That means that the part of your brain that stored these passwords can be freed up for more important things like pop culture trivia. All Android devices running version 7.0 or later are FIDO2-certified, and Google lets you use an Android phone as a 2FA security key to log in to your account using the same technology.



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