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Goodbye Password: Make Your Google Account Safer With Passkeys

Learn about passkeys and why they're the future of Google account security.

Nelson Aguilar
Nelson Aguilar is an LA-based tech how-to writer and graduate of UCLA. With more than a decade of experience, he covers Apple and Google and writes on iPhone and Android features, privacy and security settings and more.
Nelson Aguilar
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Passkeys can be more secure and convenient than passwords.

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Passwords are becoming a thing of the past. Ever since Google introduced passkeys, big tech companies like Apple, Microsoft and Sony PlayStation have added or announced that they'll support the new login method. While the rollout has taken some time, the progress in the last year has been satisfying. 

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Google has its own password manager built right into the Chrome web browser, but you may not either trust the search giant enough to give it all of your passwords. You may also have a password manager of your own that you'd prefer to use. These aren't hard to use, but managing passwords, in general, can be tricky. Passkeys allow you to sidestep this by letting you use biometrics to log in.

Google's in charge of the push, so setting up passkeys is straightforward. Below, we'll show you how to set up a passkey to get into your Google account. For more tech tips, check out how to boost your iPhone battery life with these two tweaks and how to properly clean your MacBook. And here's how to see what Google will announce at its Google I/O conference.

If you want to use a hardware security key to enter your passkey and sign in to your Google accounts, Google has its own Titan Security Key. The key works with your computer, but can also connect to most iPhone and Android devices, as long as they support USB or NFC.


You need to meet the requirements to use Passkeys

Before you set up your Google passkeys, you must meet the following requirements, which vary depending on what device you're using.

  • For mobile devices, you must be running at least iOS 16 or Android 9.
  • For your computer, you must be running at least MacOS Ventura or Windows 10. Also, your web browser must be at least Google's Chrome 109, Apple's Safari 16 or Microsoft's Edge 109.

How to set up passkeys with Google

In the web browser of your choice -- on your phone, tablet or computer -- head over to g.co/passkeys. If you're already logged in to your current Google account, you'll be asked to enter your normal password to verify your identity. If you need to switch accounts, tap the current email to choose from all your other Google accounts.

Now enter your password when prompted, and hit Next. On the following page, you'll be asked to create a passkey. When the pop-up appears, hit Continue. The passkey will be saved to your device (for example, iCloud Keychain on iOS), which varies depending on your device. 

You'll need to follow any prompts and use whatever biometric your device asks to confirm your identity. Once you do, your passkey will be created for that device.

Setting up a passkey for Google

You can use your face, fingerprint, screen lock or hardware security key to log in to Google once your passkey is set up.

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Note: There is an option to create a passkey using another device (tablet, external security key), but the easiest method is to just create the passkey on the device you're using.

You can now use your passkey to log in to your Google account. If you have two-factor authentication enabled, your passkey bypasses 2FA because a passkey means you have physical possession of your phone, which is what 2FA essentially does. Also, if you don't want to use your passkey for any reason, you can always use your password to log in.

Lost your device that had a passkey on it? Google's got you

If for any reason you lose your device or have it stolen, you can still log in to your Google account. Using another device that has access to your Google account: Go to g.co/passkeys, sign in to your account using your usual password and remove the passkey associated with your lost or stolen device. Just hit the X next to the passkey and then hit Remove to get rid of it and go back to using your password.

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Removing passkey from Google account

Even if you don't lose your device, you can still remove your passkey and go back to your usual password.

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