Google transforms Android phones into security keys

Doris Richards
April 11, 2019

Of course, two-step verification (or 2SV) has been around for a long time, allowing users to strengthen their passwords with things like text message codes and push notifications.

Once the feature has been enabled, you will receive a prompt on your Android smartphone before logging in to a Google account from another device.

The feature supports MacOS, Windows 10 and ChromeOS but it works only with Google Chrome.

Pixel 3 owners will be able to use the volume down button to activate their security key since Google has stored FIDO credentials inside the device's Titan M chip.


The idea is you'll have to keep the phone close to the computer when verifying the sign-in process by following a few simple instructions, which will make account phishing practically impossible.

This feature is now in beta, and in addition to requiring an Android phone, you'll also need a Bluetooth-enabled Chrome OS, macOS X, or Windows 10 machine running Google Chrome. Then you need to enroll your Android device in the '2-Step Verification' program. Given that a user could lose their phone, Google recommends they register at least two security keys for their account. To use the feature, you will need to setup 2-step verification on Gmail and follow the steps below to enable the feature.

This new option to Google's 2-step verification (2SV) is similar to the Titan security key that was introduced in the middle of past year. The built-in security key works with both standard and business Google accounts.

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