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Identity verification without passwords on your Google account is possible. Learn how to use this new system
A passwordless future awaits you as the struggle to remember your combinations and protect them from hackers continues. In May 2023, Google announced it was adopting passkeys to make sign-ins easier and safer. This new method relies on public-key cryptography, a technology where private and public keys communicate to verify your identity.
Typically, the password you use to log in to your Google account grants you access to all associated products. Likewise, passkeys provide entry to your Gmail account on mobile devices and personal computers. Here’s how to use them instead of passwords.
How to change your Gmail password to passkeys on Android tablets and phones
Two key types are involved in every passkey authentication: the public and the private keys. Google stores the public one on its servers and uses it to encrypt your login information or emails. You’ll use the private key your device stores to access your Gmail account, as it’s what decrypts the information. It works only when you use the security method exclusive to your phone or tablet.
When you set a pattern, PIN, or biometrics as your lock method, that’s what you’ll use to enter your account. You no longer need to type a password. Also, you don’t see the passkeys as they remain hidden from direct view. This process emphasizes the importance of maintaining their secrecy to ensure the security of the associated accounts.
Google automatically generates passkeys when you sign in to your account with any Android device. If it doesn’t, you can make a new one. However, you need to create a screen lock method to use passkeys. The security system ties to how you unlock the device. It can’t be without a PIN, password, pattern, or biometrics.
Create passkeys only on devices you own. Anyone can access your account if they know your screen lock method. If you logged in with a device you don’t trust, remove it from your Google account.
Use the following steps to create passkeys on your Android mobile devices:
- Go to Settings > Security and privacy > Screen lock.
- Select a security method and follow the prompts to set it up.
- Open your mobile browser and visit the passkeys creation web page.
- Tap Get passkeys.
- Tap Create passkeys, then tap Continue.
- If an existing passkey is on your phone, tap Use Passkeys. Google prompts you to apply your screen lock.
- Tap Give it a try to test that your passkey works.
Moving forward, Google prompts you to use your passkey to access your account instead of your Gmail address and password. When you activate two-factor authentication (2FA), you’ll skip it automatically.