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Google just made two-step verification easier on Androids

April 11, 2019

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Two-step verification just became a little easier for Android users, thanks to Google. 

Android phones using 7.0+ Nougat or newer operating systems can be used as a physical security key to confirm a user’s identity when logging into a Google account with the Chrome browser, according to Engadget.

When prompted, users can simply hold down the volume button on their phones to verify their log-in attempt. This isn’t the only option for two-step verification but it is faster and more convenient than other methods.

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Users will have to activate the security key on their device before it works and it’s only compatible with Chrome browsers on Bluetooth-enabled Chrome OS, macOS X and Windows 10 devices.

Users will also need to have another two-step verification method set up — like receiving an SMS code or using the Google Authenticator app. The built-in security key works with both standard and business Google accounts. While this new method of verification won’t work everywhere you might log in with your Google account, it’ll make getting set up on your main computer a good bit quicker.

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