Google Password Manager now has an Android home screen shortcut

What you need to know

  • Google’s Password Manager gets new abilities.
  • It can now be added as a home screen shortcut on Android Devices.
  • The functionality comes after a recent Google Play Service update.
  • Google also brings on-device encryption for its Password Manager.

Google now lets you add its Password Manager to your Android home screen alongside other apps. The ability comes through a Google Play Services update recently released to Android devices. The new feature lets you get into or access your passwords more swiftly rather than scouring through the device or Chrome settings whenever needed.

The service from the search giant may not be one of the best password manager options available — it is still secure, encrypted, and syncs through to your Google account. Users can easily access them as they like on both platforms, Android or iOS (from the Chrome app). 

For the new capability, Android users would have to update Google Play Services to version 22.18 (reports 9to5Google). After installing the update, Android users can access the Password Manager from their devices by navigating to Settings > Privacy > Autofill service from Google > Passwords. From there, click the Gear icon on top to enter additional settings, where one can find “Add shortcut to your home screen” option. The last part is relatively similar to adding a web page to your screen from the Chrome browser.

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The process appears clunky, but it is still worth an attempt as you would’ve to do it only once. While there is no possibility to add biometrics authentication to open the Passwords shortcut, you would still need the respective biometrics to check the stored login credentials.

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