August 14, 2022

What you need to know

  • Version 106 of Google Chrome for Mac and Windows is set to bring biometric authentication for passwords.
  • The upcoming feature was discovered in a new Chromium Gerrit Commit.
  • It appears as though this functionality won’t be available for Chromebooks, yet.

Google Chrome is arguably the most popular browser in the world, as it’s available on practically every platform. And when using Chrome on a daily basis, you’ll find yourself needing to enter passwords and fill in logins all of the time. 

Google has been working to improve the built-in password manager that Chrome offers, recently bringing a home screen shortcut to Android users. When it comes to the security of those passwords, you can just “unlock” the vault of passwords using your phone’s built-in fingerprint scanner. 

And it seems that the next version of Chrome will bring that same functionality to both Mac and Windows users. According to a new flag in the Chromium Gerrit, spotted by Chrome Story, Chrome version 106 will bring biometric authentication when accessing Google Passwords. 

(Image credit: Chromium Gerrit)

Once Chrome v106 arrives, the feature will be turned off by default, but you’ll be able to manually enable the Chrome flag in order to test it out. From there, we expect some type of dialog box to appear so that you can ensure that the fingerprint scanner is working properly in conjunction with this new feature.