Use this new shortcut to quickly access Google Password Manager on Android

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Google Password Manager is a complete password management service for your Google account, but managing your manager can be a little tricky. It has no specific application or extension (like password managers like 1Password or Bitwarden usually do), but is deeply woven into Google’s products.

Passwords you save in Google Chrome go there. The same goes for saved passwords on your Android, where Google Password Manager plays arguably its most important role, allowing you to save and autofill Chrome passwords on your phone.

Google Password Manager can be managed via website where you view, copy, or edit credentials, and an applet is available on Android through Google Play Services. The applet is much better than the website, at least, because it integrates directly with native Android features such as biometric unlocking, which means copying passwords doesn’t require you to log in to your Google account every time. A simple face or fingerprint scan will do.

The problem? It is not always easy to access the password manager. Even if you ask Google Assistant for help, it will open the website instead of the applet. There is a roundabout way to get there via the “Settings” app-you have to go to Privacy > Google Autofill Service > Passwords. That’s four taps too many.

Thanks to a new Google Play system update, there’s now an easier way to open the Password Manager app on Android smartphones and tablets. First, open the Play Store app and make sure Google Play Services is updated (you must be on version 22.18 or newer).

Then go to Settings > Privacy > Google Autofill Service > Passwords to open the password manager. You will now see a new option on this page. Activate the “Add a shortcut to your home screenoption. This will open a new menu and you can drag the shortcut anywhere on your lock screen.

Once done, you can press the “Passwordsanytime shortcut to open the password manager, giving you instant access to all your saved logins.

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Lance B. Holton