Google s 2-factor authentication offers a great way to keep your account safe. Currently, if you have the feature enabled, every time you login to a new device or Google Apps, it will ask you to enter the auto-generated password which is sent to your phone via an OTP or use a dynamic pin on Google Authenticator. Either process is cumbersome — you either have to wait for a text message or ensure that the device you had first signed up with Google Authenticator is always with you. This made many users refrain from adding the 2-factor authentication process to safeguard their account. Google understands this and is now making it easier to approve sign-in requests with Google Prompt. Also Read - Google's Tensor chipset on Pixel 6 series will be manufactured by Samsung: NikkeiAlso Read - Google Pixel 6 wallpapers now available for download: Here’s how to get them
Google is gradually rolling out Google Prompt for all Android and iOS users. When trying to login, Google Prompt will bring a pop-up with a simple dialogue that has your profile image, name, the specific city and the device name from which you are trying to login. It is similar to the kind of pop-up that appears when you sign-up or login to sites using your Google or Facebook account. Underneath this, it requires you to simply click on Yes, allow sign-in or No, deny sign-in to approve or decline log-in requests. Also Read - Google Chrome sending Enhanced Safe Browsing notifications? Know all about it here
On Android, the new Google Prompt feature is built into Google Play Services, whereas for iOS devices, you will need to install the Google Search app. As the feature will come as a part of Google Play services, virtually all Android users will have access to two-factor verification. However, for this to work, a data connection is needed.
How to setup and enable 2-factor authentication for Google accounts
Step One: Head over to Google s My Account by clicking here.
Step Two: Click on Sign-in & Security, followed by Password and Signing in method and click on 2-Step Verification.
Step Three: Click on Get Started after which it will ask you to for your mobile number. Next, you ll have to choose how you want the OTP (text message or phone call). Select text message and click on next. After you get the OTP, enter the same and click turn on.
Step Four: Once 2-step verification is turned on, you can select alternative second step such as Google prompt, authenticator app, backup phone, backup codes (that you can print and keep) or security key, which allows you to use a physical device such as a USB flash disk as a security key to sign in.
Step Five: Click on Google Prompt, it will show you your Android or iOS device connected with your Google Account. A prompt will appear on this smartphone, just tap yes and your 2-step verification will be enabled.
Now, every time you try to login to a new web browser or a Google app, a prompt will appear on your connected smartphone. Unless you click on yes, access won t be granted on the new device. We tried the two-step verification, and while the initial setup is tedious, once done, it works like a charm.
While you can continue using Google Authenticator app, you won t be able to use Security Key and Google Prompt at the same time.