Google prompt makes two-step verification sign-ins easier for Android and iOS Google users

Google announced today that soon, two-step verification of your Google sign-in will become easier. Previously, the second step of the security feature required you to tap a security key, or enter a verification code that was sent to your phone. Now, there is a third way to verify the second step using a simple prompt.

The prompt asks if you are trying to sign in to Google from the city where the log-in is being attempted from, and also mentions the name of the device that the sign-in is being attempted on. Underneath that information are two prompts. One denies the sign-in attempt while the other allows it to take place. Obviously you will know which one to tap.

By going to My Account and then Sign-in & Security > Signing in to Google > 2-Step Verification, you can select any of the options you'd prefer for the second step of the verification process. Google's blog appears to call this feature Google prompt, and users must have a data connection for it to work. In addition, Security Keys and Google prompt cannot be both enabled at the same time.

The update will hit all Android users over the next three days through a Google Play Services update, and iOS users will need to have the Google Search app installed to use Google prompt.

source: Google via 9to5Google

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7 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

About time.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

True, Microsoft's authenticator app has been doing this for a while But better late then never I'm still waiting for Apple, Valve and Dropbox to implement this too

2. peace247 unregistered

it's old.

5. davidsmith

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 09, 2016

This is awesome. I now have this feature on my two most valuable accounts (Google and Apple).

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I didn't know Apple had this feature, cool. Where do I turn that option on?

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea, Apple doesn't have this feature Apple has two step verification, but its still code or sms based Pretty sure Microsoft is the only other tech company that offers two step verification like this

8. bighandssmallpockets

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

twitter does too

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