June 28, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google intends to add password-free sign-in support to Android and Chrome over the next year.
  • The procedure will enable mobile devices to store a FIDO credential known as a passkey, which will be used to unlock your online account.
  • On desktops, you only need to use your phone nearby to approve your access.

Google thinks leaving passwords behind is the key to solving the various issues with password security. That’s why the search giant announced today that, over the next year, Chrome and Android devices will support passwordless sign-in on any website or app.

The announcement, made in conjunction with World Password Day, builds on Google’s longstanding effort to make passwords a thing of the past. In 2013, it joined the FIDO Alliance, a consortium formed to develop open source authentication standards and address password and phishing problems. Android also added support for the FIDO2 standard in 2019 to allow sign-ins to websites and apps using a PIN or biometric in lieu of a password.