Use an iPhone as a security key for 2-Step Verification
Google is adding an option to use your iPhone as a security key for your Google Account. Security keys provide the strongest form of 2-Step Verification (also known as two-factor authentication or 2FA) to help protect your account against phishing, and are an essential part of the Advanced Protection Program for the enterprise. To use your iPhone as a security key, you need to install the Google Smart Lock app.
Read more about this launch in our Security Blog post, or use Google’s Help Center to learn more about security keys and 2-Step Verification. Also see other announcements today – Use phones as security keys in the Advanced Protection Program.
Admins and end users
Why you’d use it
2-Step Verification adds another layer to your account security, making it more resistant to phishing and account takeover attacks. By adding the option to use iPhones as a security key, we’re making the strongest form of phishing protection more accessible and convenient. As a result, we hope you’ll be able to implement Advanced Protection in your organization more quickly, while also minimizing user training and overall costs.
Google previously announced that you can use the security key built into your Android phone, in addition to physical security keys, including Google’s Titan Security Keys.
Google also announced today that you can use phones as security keys in the Advanced Protection Program for the enterprise. Google hope that these launches bring the added protection of security keys to more users, including making it easier to enrol in the Advanced Protection Program, and helps ensure that all users have access to more convenient forms of security.
- The iPhone security key is enabled through the Google Smart Lock app.
- Installation of the Google Smart Lock app is only available on devices running iOS 10.0 and up.
- The security keys on iPhones are compatible with Bluetooth-enabled Chrome OS (version 79 and up), iOS, macOS, or Windows 10 devices with a Chrome browser.
- Admins: If 2-Step Verification or Security Key Enforcement is turned on for an organization, iOS devices will be available as an option for security keys by default. Use our Help Center to see how to enforce the use of security keys in your organization.
- End users: Use the Help Center to see how to activate the security key on your phone or enroll in the advanced protection program.
You may interested:
- Use an Android phone for 2-step verification on iOS devices
- Use phones as security keys in the Advanced Protection Program
- Use Google 2-Step Verification and risk-based login challenges with 3rd-party identity providers
- Advanced password controls for increased security
- Security center improvements: Gmail content, saved investigations, and more