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Google's Password Manager gets major usability updates
- The Google Password Manager service just got a few usability updates.
- The program now looks consistent across mobile and the web.
- You can also now manually add passwords and Touch-to-Fill has been upgraded to Touch-to-Login.
When it comes to password management, you have plenty of options. Most of them you’ll need to pay for to get the best experience, but Google offers one for free.
Unfortunately, the Google Password Manager has been missing a lot of usability features. Thankfully, Google is addressing at least some of those issues with an update rolling out today to all platforms. These updates should make Password Manager easier to use and even safer than before.
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Google Password Manager: Consistent across apps
One of the biggest pain points with Password Manager is how it looks and functions differently depending on where you’re using it. The experience you have on your phone, for example, isn’t at all like the experience you have on your laptop.
Google is changing this today. Now, Password Manager looks the same in Chrome as it does in Android settings. This should make it much easier for people to find what they need on either platform. You can also still add a shortcut to your Android home screen to quickly jump to your saved passwords.
Other new updates
- If iOS users set Chrome as their autofill provider, Password Manager will now allow you to easily generate passwords within your iPhone apps.
- For Android users, Password Manager will now bulk-check your saved passwords and alert you if it finds weak or re-used credentials. You can then easily update those passwords automatically.
- Google’s compromised password warnings now work on all Chrome platforms, including Android, Chrome OS, iOS, Windows, macOS, and Linux.
- On all platforms, you can now manually add passwords to the app.
- Google’s Touch-to-Fill service automatically filled in your saved passwords. Now, though, it is being upgraded to Touch-to-Login, which will allow you to securely log in to sites directly from an overlay at the bottom of your Android phone’s screen.