Google now allows users to use their Android devices as a security key

Google is introducting a new way to sign-in for Gmail users. The company already allows users multiple sign-in options. Google is now introducing a way to sign-in using Android Phones to make sure the right person is accessing the account.

The new feature takes advantage of the Bluetooth and GPS to triangluate the location of the phone and use it as a physcial security key. The feature will require an Android Phone running on Nougat or above and a device with Bluetooth. This will eliminate the need for carrying a physcial security key to login.

The feature supports MacOS, Windows 10 and ChromeOS but it works only with Google Chrome. To use the feature, you will need to setup 2-step verification on Gmail and follow the steps below to enable the feature.

  • On your computer, visit the 2-step Verfication settings and click “Add security key”.

  • Choose your Android phone from the list of available devices and you’re done!

The feature is still in beta so you can expect some issues but in our test, it worked perfectly well. This feature is similar to Google Prompt which uses internet instead of Bluetooth. Both of those have their own advantages. Google also recommends to have a set of backup codes saved somewhere in case you lose your phone.

Source: Google; Via: Neowin

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