Google Turns Android Smartphones Into 2FA Security Keys

Ruben Fields
April 11, 2019

This is all part of the search giant's grand plan to make our digital lives safer and easier, as the latest technology unveiled yesterday essentially makes physical security keys obsolete.

The feature works for those with Google Cloud Accounts as well. This will eliminate the need for carrying a physcial security key to login. This prompted the company to build and sell its own hardware security token, the Google Titan Security Key.

Anyone can try out the feature today - it's supported on any Android device running Android 7 or higher. Getting 2SV codes via a text message or an authenticator app is great, but if you want to go an extra step further, you can use physical keys in order to access your data.

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Add your Google Account to your Android phone. The feature is now limited to accessing a Google account on the Chrome web browser through a Bluetooth-enabled Chrome OS, Mac, or Windows device.

From the 2-Step Verification page, you'll need to scroll down and select Add Security Key. Google has offered this solution for years now, but it's stepping things up by letting you use your Android phone as a hardware security key of sorts.

This new option to Google's 2-step verification (2SV) is similar to the Titan security key that was introduced in the middle of previous year. If you lose your main security key and you don't have a backup, you may not be able to get back into your Google account or whatever service for which you enabled the security key-based two-factor authentication.

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