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Last month, Google announced a new way to protect Google accounts with a security key built into their Android phones. Using this method, you can verify your sign-in to Google and Google Cloud services on Bluetooth-enabled Chrome OS, macOS, and Windows 10 devices. Google is now expanding this support to iOS devices. You can now use your Android phone to verify your sign-in on Apple iPads and iPhones. Here’s how you can enable this feature for your Google Account:
Step 1: Add the security key to your Google Account
- Add your personal or work Google Account to your Android 7.0+ (Nougat) phone.
- Make sure you’re enrolled in 2-Step Verification (2SV).
- On your computer, visit the 2SV settings and click “Add security key”.
- Choose your Android phone from the list of available devices.
Step 2: Use your Android phone’s built-in security key
- On both of your devices, make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
- On your iPhone or iPad (iOS version 10.0 or up), sign in to your Google Account with your username and password using the Google Smart Lock app.
- Check your Android phone for a notification.
- Follow the instructions to confirm it’s you signing in.