Google’s new login feature replaces passwords with your phone
Remembering passwords is one of the biggest pains of modern tech living. Hundreds of geniuses at dozens of companies have been searching for an easier solution, but Google may be ready to unleash a new solution that uses your smartphone to replace passwords all together.
Google’s new login feature went into limited testing this week, allowing users to securely log in to their Google account and other services without entering a password. A reddit user named Rohit Paul detailed his experience with the new feature, revealing it requires a compatible phone, such as the Nexus 6P.
“You authorize your phone to allow you to log into your account,” explains Paul. “You go into a computer and type in your email. Then you get a message on your phone to allow the login. If you hit yes, the computer logs into your Google account without a password.”
The new method seems kind of like 2 factor authentication, which requires users to get a code on their mobile device when activated. This new feature basically just takes away the annoyance of having to enter in the code sent to your smartphone to verify the user.
Google actually unveiled this feature as part of a Marshmallow API at Google I/O this year, but it’s the first time we’ve seen the company push it out the public. It’s unclear whether the password-free login feature will be limited to just Nexus device owners, or if Google will also open it to iPhone and Samsung Galaxy wielders as well.