You can use a passkey to sign in easily and securely with just a fingerprint, face scan, or screen lock. Passkeys are a simple and secure way to sign in to both your Google Account and all the sites and apps you care about — without a password. You may be asked to sign into a website with a passkey or create one to improve your account’s security.
Tip: Passkeys are built on industry standards, so you can use them across many platforms.
More about passkeys
The difference between passkeys and passwords is that passkeys are cryptographic key pairs. The key pair is specific to a website. One half is shared with the website, and the other half is private and stored on your device or in your password manager. This technology uses a securely generated code to authenticate your access to websites and apps instead of a password that may be stolen or leaked.
Benefits of passkeys include:
- You won’t have to remember a sequence of letters, numbers, and characters.
- You can sign into accounts with fingerprint or facial recognition technology.
- You can use passkeys across different operating systems and browser ecosystems, and with both websites and apps.
- Passkeys are strong enough to never be guessed or reused, making them safe from hacker attempts.
- Passkeys are connected to the app or website they were created for, so you can never be tricked into using your passkey to sign in to a fraudulent app or website.
- Passkeys from Google Password Manager are available across all Android apps.
You can store passkeys on your devices. The process is different for each operating system and may not be available on all systems.
Store passkeys on an iPhone or iPad
If your device has iOS or iPadOS 16 or up, you can use passkeys. Your iCloud Keychain stores and syncs them between iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices. Autofill for passkeys isn’t yet supported on iOS.Manage passkeys
- On your iPhone or iPad, open your device settings.
- Select Passwords.
Store passkeys on a security key
You can use a security key to store your passkeys.
Important: Passkeys stored on security keys aren’t backed-up. If you lose or reset the security key, you can’t recover your passkeys.Use passkeys on another device
You can use Chrome on your computer to create and use passkeys on another device. Your passkeys remain on the other device.
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- Go to the sign-in page of a site that you want to log into.
- When prompted to use your passkey, select A different device.
- You may have to select Try another way.
- Scan the QR code with your Android or iOS device.
Tip: After you scan the QR code on an Android device, you can choose to remember your computer. If you do, the computer shows your Android device as an option when you need a passkey. When you select it, you receive a notification on your device to verify your identity.