IPhones Can Now Double As a Security Key for Google Accounts

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Still, it won't do much to protect your account if the person trying to log in also has access to your phone, but it's still an upgrade.

While it's nice to know which apps have automatically been updated, having your phone ping every time this happens may also get a little annoying, and it seems Google is erring on the side of caution here and has decided that telling users every time an app has been updated is probably not very useful.

The security key in your iPhone works the same: it uses Bluetooth to verify sign-ins on Chrome OS, iOS, macOS and Windows 10 devices without the need to pair your devices.

General Google accounts have been able to sign up their phone or tablet with Android 7.0 Nougat or later as a Bluetooth security key since May of past year. These users can now enroll in Google's APP at no extra cost to benefit from extra security protection for their Google accounts.


Google considers security keys to be the strongest protection against account takeover attacks, whether they are performed by an automated bot, are bulk phishing attacks or extremely targeted (and tailored) attacks.

Google's Smart Lock app for iOS, as noticed by 9to5Google, has been updated to allow for setting up your phone as a Bluetooth security key.

Make sure you have 2-Step Verification or Advanced Protection turned on.

Indeed, I was able to sign up my personal and work accounts onto the program just with phones alone. Until now, though, you were required to consign two security keys in order to get those extra safety measures and only one of them could be an Android phone.

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