New Google Apps sign-in page
Keeping customer data and information safe and secure is a top priority for Google. To that end, we’re constantly working towards improving security by introducing new authentication solutions that complement traditional passwords.
As a next step in those efforts, after a similar launch on Android back in November 2014, we’ve implemented an updated Google account sign-in flow on the web. Instead of a single sign-in page that contains both the ‘Email’ and ‘Password’ fields together, these fields now appear on separate pages.
To sign in to your Google Apps account:
- First enter your username, which is your full email address (example: firstname.lastname@example.org) and click Next.
- Confirm that the email address shown is the one you’re signing into, enter your password and click Sign in.
If you don’t recognize the account, click the back arrow or Sign in with a different account.
This new Google account sign-in flow provides the following advantages:
- A more personalized sign-in experience that prepares for future authentication solutions.
- Easier authentication for SAML SSO users.
- Reduced confusion among users who have multiple Google accounts.
What happens if I use a custom URL to sign in?
Regardless of the URL from where you sign in, all Google Apps services now use the new two-page sign-in flow. For example, users sign in to gmail.com the same way they sign in to mail.google.com/a/domain.com.
If you're a super administrator and you try to sign in to admin.google.com, you are prompted for your full Google Apps email address (including username and domain) and password and are redirected to the Admin console after you sign in. Google does not redirect you to the SSO server.
If you don't have super administrator privileges and try to sign at admin.google.com, you are redirected to the SSO sign-in page.
For details, see Signing in with SSO.
With Google Chrome, you can manage your website passwords, letting you save a username and password so that Chrome automatically completes the sign-in fields for you the next time you visit these websites. The new two-step sign-in flow for all Google accounts does not impact the behavior of the password manager; it will still auto-complete the sign-in fields for you.
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