Android users can now log in to Google using their fingerprint

You can now sign-in to Google platforms via Chrome on your Android smartphone using your fingerprint, a report by The Verge revealed on Monday.

Google confirmed that the new feature is rolling out on Android 7.0 Nougat devices and upwards.

Users can also sign-in to their accounts through the same settings as their lock-screens, Google added on its help blog.

“If you’ve set up a screen lock on your Android device, you can use it to verify it’s you,” Google said on its help blog.

To access your Google account with fingerprint unlock, your fingerprint must match the one that unlocks your phone.

“If you lose your internet connection while trying to verify it’s you, your screen lock won’t work,” the company also noted.

While the fingerprint verification currently protects your passwords manager on Google, the company told The Verge that it plans to roll out the feature to more services soon.

The news comes on the same day as WhatsApp’s feature leaker WABetaInfo discovered that select users can now lock the app behind a fingerprint.

Feature image: Google

Shereesa Moodley


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