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 on an Android device

Important: To store passkeys, your device must have Android 9.0 or up and have a screen-lock turned on.

When you use passkeys on your Android device, they’re stored in your Google Password Manager. Passkeys are securely backed up and synced between your Android devices.

Switch from password to passkey

 Switch from password to passkey

Create a passkey to simplify your sign in.

Sign in with a passkey

 Sign in with passkey

When you sign in to your Google Account, your available passkeys are listed.

Manage passkeys
  1. On your Android device, open your device settings.
  2. Select Passwords.

Tip: If you lose your Android device, you can recover your passkeys on a new one. Sign in to your account and provide the security PIN, pattern or password of your lost device.

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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