Sign up to test 1Password beta for Android

The new version adds support for devices with a fingerprint sensor.

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Popular password managing app 1Password announced Tuesday it was releasing a beta version of its Android app through Google's Play store.

The app features a new look more in line with Google's Material design approach, and adds support for 1Passwords's new Team product for businesses (and families).

Also included in the test version of 1Password 6.0 is support for fingerprint sensors. Meaning, if you own an Android device with a fingerprint sensor you can unlock the app using your biometrics instead of a PIN or password.

To sign up and test the latest -- unfinished -- version of 1Password, you simply need to visit this page and click on the Become A Tester button.

A few minutes later, launch the Play Store on your Android device and search for 1Password, or check for updates in the My Apps section of the store.

If you don't see an update available for 1Password yet, give it a few more minutes then check again.

After the update is found, download and install it. The new design approach is immediately evident upon launching the app, and to be honest, it's a refreshing look.

To enable fingerprint support, launch the app then slide out the menu from the left side of the screen. Tap on Settings followed by Security and turn on Fingerprint Unlock. Scan your finger when prompted to complete setup.

In the future, whenever you launch the app you'll have the option of unlocking the app with your finger be default. The option to enter your master password will still be present, should you need it.

I tested the new feature on a Nexus 5X and an HTC One A9, both of which are running Android Marshmallow 6.0 and feature a fingerprint reader.

For more information, be sure to read through the change log here, or visit the Agile Bits forums.

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