At Google Cloud Next 2019 event held in San Francisco, Google announced that it will add an option to use Android phone’s built-in security key for two-step verification to protect against phishing.

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Android As A Security Key For Two-Step Verification

This feature allows you to carry just your phone around, no need for security keys for protection. Well, this will be available on all phones running Android 7.0+ (Nougat and above) with Google Play Services and Bluetooth-enabled devices running Chrome OS, macOS X, or Windows 10 with a Chrome browser.

Two-Step Verification

Speaking of Pixel phones, on Pixel 3 FIDO credentials are stored inside the Pixel’s Titan M chip so that you can just press the volume down button to activate your security key.

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How To Use Android Phone As A Security Key

Here’s how to enable phone’s built-in security key;

Two-Step Verification

  • Add your Google Account to your Android phone.
  • Make sure you’re enrolled in 2-step verification.
  • On your computer, visit the 2SV settings and click “Add security key”.
  • Choose your Android phone from the list of available devices, and you’re done.

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Make sure your device’s Bluetooth is turned on when signing in (both sending and receiving end). Google recommends users to register a backup security key to their account and keeping it in a safe place, so they can get into their account if they lose the phone. This feature will roll out in a few days for everyone in beta.


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