Manage passkeys in Chrome

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 of the sites and apps that you care about – without a password. You may be asked to sign in to a website with a passkey or to create one to improve your account's security.

Learn how to sign in with a passkey instead of a password.

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 in to 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 that 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.

Use passkeys

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 in Windows

If you have Windows 10 or up, you can use passkeys. To store passkeys, you must set up Windows Hello. Windows Hello doesn’t currently support synchronisation or backup, so passkeys are only saved to your computer. If your computer is lost or the operating system is reinstalled, you can’t recover your passkeys.

To use passkey management and passkey auto-fill, your computer must have Windows 11, version 22H2 or later.

Manage passkeys in Windows
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Select More More and then Passwords and autofill and then Google Password Manager.
  3. On the left, select Settings and then Manage passkeys.

Tip: 'Manage passkeys' only shows when one or more passkeys have been created.

Store passkeys in macOS

You can save passkeys in your Chrome profile, where they’re protected by a macOS Keychain.  

Important: Chrome can’t save or use passkeys stored in iCloud Keychain. If your computer is lost or the Chrome profile is deleted, you can’t recover your passkeys.

Manage passkeys in macOS
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Select More More and then Passwords and autofill and then Google Password Manager.
  3. On the left, select Settings and then Manage passkeys.

Tip: 'Manage passkeys' only shows when one or more passkeys have been created.

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.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Go to the sign-in page of a site that you want to log into.
  3. When prompted to use your passkey, select A different device.
    • You may have to select Try another way.
  4. 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.

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