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Allow users to skip passwords at sign-in (beta)

As your organization's administrator, you can allow users to skip password sign-in challenges and instead use a passkey that covers first and second-factor authentication. With passkeys, your users can sign in to their managed Google Account using their phone, a security key, or their computer’s screen lock.

About passkeys

  • Authentication requires biometric authentication, such as a fingerprint or facial recognition, or a PIN or pattern on a device. The screen lock only unlocks the passkey locally and does not share biometric information with Google or other third parties.
  • To allow users to skip passwords, you need to turn on skip passwords in the Google Admin console. Your users then need to turn on skip passwords and add a passkey to their account.
  • Your users don’t need to be enrolled into 2-Step Verification to use passkeys to skip passwords at sign-in. 

Advantages of passkeys

  • Passkeys use phishing-resistant technology and are simpler and more secure than passwords.
  • Users can use a familiar pattern to unlock their device.
  • Platforms sync passkeys using Google Accounts. 
  • Instead of remembering passwords for different sites, users can use passkeys.

Turn skip passwords on or off for users

To allow users to skip password challenges and use a passkey, you need to turn on skip passwords. Then, tell users to turn on skip passwords and add a passkey to their account. If this setting is turned on for a user, they can no longer add a security key to their account.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu and then Securityand thenAuthenticationand thenPasswordless.
  3. Click Skip passwords.
  4. If you want to allow users to skip password challenges, check the Allow users to skip passwords at sign-in by using passkeys box.
  5. Click Save.
  6. If you turned on skip passwords, users need to turn on skip passwords and add a passkey to their account. For the steps, go to Sign in with a passkey instead of a password.

If this setting is turned off after a user turned on skip password and added a passkey to their account, they will no longer be able to skip a password challenge. However, they can still be prompted for a passkey for second-factor authentication.

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