Use your phone's built-in security key

You can use 2-Step Verification to help protect your account from hackers, even if they’ve stolen info like your password. You can set up your phone’s built-in security key to safely sign in on Chrome OS, iOS, macOS, and Windows 10 devices.

Set up your phone’s built-in security key

To set up your built-in security key, you need an Android phone running Android 7.0+. Learn how to check and update your Android version.
Important: You can only have one built-in security key on your account. If you have more than one eligible phone, you’ll need to choose one. You can switch to a different eligible phone at any time.
  1. Turn on 2-Step Verification and choose a second verification step.
    • If you already use 2-Step Verification, go to the next step.
  2. On your Android phone, go to
  3. Under "Signing in to Google," select 2-Step Verification. You might need to sign in.
  4. Scroll to “Set up alternative second step” and tap Add security key.
  5. Select your Android phone and then Add. You should see a confirmation that your phone was added as a security key.

Use your phone's built-in key to sign in to new devices

  1. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on for both devices.
  2. Sign in on the new device:
  3. Check your Android phone for a notification.
  4. Double-tap the "Are you trying to sign in?" notification.
  5. Follow the instructions to confirm it’s you signing in.

Send feedback about your phone's built-in security key

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Fix problems

If you’re having trouble using your phone's built-in security key, try the tips below.

Bring your devices closer together

For your Android phone's built-in security key to work, it needs to be close to the device you’re trying to sign in on. Try putting your Android phone and the device you're trying to sign in on side by side.

Turn on Bluetooth on both devices

To avoid repeated errors when setting up your Android phone's built-in security key, make sure Bluetooth is turned on in the settings for:

Turn on Location Services on your Android phone

For Bluetooth to work properly, turn on location settings for your Android phone. After you sign in, you can turn off location settings.

Check the device requirements

To sign in on a computer using your Android phone's built-in security key, you need: To sign in on an iPhone or iPad using your Android phone's built-in security key, you need:

You receive a prompt but weren’t trying to sign in

An unauthorized user may have tried to access your account. You may want to change your password.

Sign in without a security key

Important: This is not applicable if you are enrolled in Advanced Protection.
  1. Sign in to your Google Account with your username and password.
  2. Select Cancel and then Try another way.
  3. Choose the verification method you’ll use to sign in.
  4. To finish signing in, follow the instructions on your screen.

Get even stronger protection

For anyone at higher risk of targeted attacks, such as IT admins, business leaders, journalists, or political campaign teams, we recommend you enroll in Advanced Protection. This free program provides the highest level of protection for your Google Account.
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