Google has rolled out an update that now lets users log into its web services using fingerprint based verification instead of a password. The feature is built on a “FIDO2” standards, W3C WebAuthn and FIDO CTAP, and are designed to provide simpler and more secure authentication experiences. The benefit of Google’s authentication feature is that it allows the same credentials be used by both native apps and web services. This means you only need to register your fingerprint with a google service once and it will work on both apps and web services
To register your fingerprint, open google chrome and access passwords.google.com. Once on the site, you will be required to authenticate your identity using your phone’s fingerprint sensor. However, you can still decide to sign into google services using other authentication methods – pin, password or pattern.
The update will be available to all Pixel devices and devices running on Android 7 (Nougat) operating system and above. But your phone must have a fingerprint verification functionality for this to work.