Learn how to set up and manage passkeys for your Google account with this step-by-step guide, offering a more secure and convenient alternative to traditional passwords and two-factor authentication.
Passwords have long been a double-edged sword, forcing users to choose between simplicity and security. While two-factor authentication (2FA) has been the go-to solution for enhanced security, Google now offers a new alternative: passkeys. These secure credentials are linked to the PIN or biometric authentication of your device and stored locally, offering increased safety. Here’s how to get started with passkeys.
Hardware and Software Requirements
To create a passkey, you’ll need compatible hardware, such as laptops or desktops running Windows 10 or macOS Ventura (or later) with Chrome 109, Safari 16, or Edge 109 or later. For mobile devices, iOS 16 or Android 9 (or later) is required. Passkeys can also be used with FIDO2 protocol-supporting hardware security keys.
Ensure your device has a screen lock enabled and Bluetooth turned on if you intend to use your phone for signing in to another device.
Please note that Google Workspace accounts provided by schools or employers are not eligible for passkey setup, but personal Google accounts can use passkeys.
Setting Up Passkeys
- Visit g.co/passkeys.
- If your Android device is already signed in to the account, it might be automatically registered for passkeys. If so, click “Use passkeys” and follow the on-screen instructions.
- If your device isn’t listed (e.g., for iPhones), click “Create a passkey” at the bottom of the page.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to create a passkey on your desired device. If prompted, enable iCloud Keychain on your iPhone.
Managing Lost or Sold Devices with Passkeys
To remove a device from your list of passkeys:
- Go to your Google account and select “Security” in the left-hand column.
- Scroll down to “How you sign in to Google” and click “Passkeys.”
- Under “Passkeys you created,” click the “X” next to the passkey you want to delete.
If the passkey was automatically created by Google, sign the device out of the account instead:
- In the “Security” section of your Google account, scroll down and select “Manage all devices.”
- Choose the device you want to sign out of and click “Sign out.”
Reverting to Passwords and 2FA
If you prefer to return to using passwords and 2FA:
- Go to your Google account and select “Security.”
- Scroll down to “Skip password when possible” and toggle it off.
Passkeys offer a convenient and secure alternative to traditional passwords and 2FA. By following this guide, you can easily set up and manage passkeys for your Google account, streamlining your online experience while enhancing security.