Google Password Manager shortcut on Android home screen

Starting this month, it’s now possible to put a Google Password Manager shortcut on the home screen of your Android phone or tablet – here’s how you do it.

In Android and Chrome, Google has a handy service that can store and secure all the different passwords you need for apps, services, and websites with your Google account. To maintain security between these accounts, Google Password Manager can generate unique passwords for each account and even check to see if any of your existing passwords have been hacked.

Google Password Manager is easy accessible via the internet as well as from Chrome’s settings menu under ‘AutoFill’. On Android, there is a full applet available for Password Manager, provided by Google Play Services. This Android native experience for Password Manager is better than the web app as it allows you to use your device’s biometrics or screen lock to unlock your saved passwords. In comparison, the web app usually requires you to enter your Google account password.

However, getting to the Android version of Password Manager isn’t exactly easy. Your instinct may be to just search or ask Google Assistant for “password manager,” but both will simply lead you to the web app. Instead, the normal way to get to Password Manager on Android is to open the Settings app, then go to the Privacy menu. From there tap Google Autofill Service and finally, choose Passwords

From the last “Google Play System Update”, there is now a much easier way to access Password Keeper on your Android device. The first thing to do is make sure Google Play Services are up to date on your phone, and the easiest way to do that is by clicking a direct link to the Play Store listing from your device. According to the support page, you must be version 22.18 or newer.

Then open Password Manager again as described above, then tap the gear icon in the top right corner of the applet to view the settings. On this page you should see a new option to “Add shortcut to your home screen† Tapping this will open a handy menu with the shortcut, which you can then drag to the desired location on your home screen.

Once you’ve done this, you can easily access Google Password Manager at any time by tapping the new “Passwords” shortcut on your Android home screen.

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