Google and Apple can be tough rivals, but only occasionally Android and iOS can work together to keep us all safer. This is what exactly happened, Google that has expanded its new 2SV method (2-step verification) to include iOS.
In April 2019, Google introduced its new 2SV method. This method allows you to use the phone as a physical security key. However, at launch, the method required the use of Google Chrome and was not compatible with iOS devices. Until now
How to use Google two-step verification on iOS
In a Google security blog post, Google says they can now use their Android phone to verify their access to Apple iPads and iPhones. As mentioned above, on Chrome OS, MacOS and Windows 10 devices, Google uses the Chrome browser.
But on iOS devices, things work a little differently. Instead of using the Chrome browser, Google uses the Smart Lock app. However, once everything is set up, you can use an Android device to verify that you are trying to access Google on an iOS device.
Use Android Phone to Verify Google Sign in on iOS Using 2SV
Google recently introduced two-step verification method (2SV). This works like a Yubi key, but instead of a USB device that authenticates your login, it will use your Android smartphone instead. Every time you access one of the services, you will notice a popup window on your Android that will inform you of the crucial details and an option to accept or refuse the login. Simple, Right?
Below you can find how you can implement 2SV on iPhone in order to use the Android phone to verify that Google accesses an iOS device. Don’t have an iOS device? In this article, you can also find how to configure Android so you can access various services with your Android smartphone.
1. What You Need
There are some criteria you need to fulfill before you can configure 2SV on your smartphones with iOS and Android smartphones. If the prerequisites are not met, you must continue to use 2FA, which is very safe in itself, but certainly not foolproof.
- You need Android 7 or later
- Enable 2FA on Google
- The latest version of iOS
- Download and install Chrome on iOS and Android
- Make sure to enable screen lock in Android / iOS
2. How to Set Up
You will start with your Google account. Create an account or sign in with an existing account and go to My Account. On the security tab, below the Security tab, you will find the “Use your phone to sign in” option and step the 2-step verification method.
- We will start with the first option to see a brief demonstration of how it works and then enable it immediately afterward. Click on ” Use your phone to sign in” and on the following screen, click on ” Set It Up“.
- You will be asked to re-enter the password for your Google account for security reasons. Do it and after that, on the next screen, you’ll see a drop-down list of all smartphones with the same Google ID you used to sign in. Choose Android here because you want to use Android to access your Google account. If you want to use your iPhone, you must choose it here.
- Please note that before proceeding, make sure you have enabled the screen lock on your Android and iOS phone. It may be a model or a tactile block, but there must be some sort of safety signal.
- Do you know the purpose of a screen lock? Without a screen lock, anyone can grab their smartphone and use it to access one of the many Google services or even third-party sites they access with their favorite Google ID. A screen lock will protect you in case of phone theft or loss.
- In the next screen, enter your Google email ID to test the newly enabled 2SV feature.
- Click on Next.
- Google will now send a notification on your Android phone to check if you can enable access with your smartphone or not.
- Unlock your Android phone and you’ll see a pop-up window.
- This is a fictitious message to check if the set-up works or not. Therefore, only two options will be displayed with no additional address or IP location information. If you tap on Yes, access will be approved and you will proceed to the next step of the process. If you tap on No, you will have to start over.
- Tap on Yes.
- If it’s a success, you will get a notification.
- Finally, click on the Turn On button to complete the configuration and activate the feature.
You definitely need to try this in the real world and see how it works. Unlock your iPhone and try accessing your Google account, the same one you used to log in to your Android phone and to configure 2SV. Access an app on your iPhone or website with the same Google ID and you should receive a message from Google with this heading “Trying to Sign in from another computer?”.
This time, you will see more information like the location, time and operating system of the device. As you can see, sign-in requests are much faster than entering 2FA codes using Google Authenticator or any other authentication app. Saves time and it is just as safe if not more.
3. Device Unavailable
So, what happens when your smartphone is stolen or lost? How do you get directions from Google 2SV and access that web or mobile app? This is where the backup comes from. You can choose to receive an SMS with code in any mobile number. I suggest you choose a different number from the one you have chosen to receive 2SV instructions for obvious reasons.
To set it up, go back to My Account and, in Security, choose 2-Step verification.
This time, you’ll find notice some new options. First, there is a voice or a text message option. Click Add Phone to add a backup number where you can receive SMS codes to access app and sites on iPhone.
The second option is the backup codes that are nothing but unique passwords that you can use to log in. These backup codes can only be used once. It is recommended that you print these codes and keep them offline to prevent them from being stolen. If it gets into the wrong hands, they can log into your Google account and cause any loss. To start, click on Set Up.
Below, there are two other options in case you need an even more secure login process. The third option is the Authenticator app. It can be used to generate codes even without a connection, so an active Internet connection is not required to sign in. to start, click on Set up. You will need to download the Authenticator app for iOS or Android respectively.
Simply scan the QR code that is displayed on the screen with the Authenticator app and it will be added to the app, generating a new code that can be used every 30 seconds clockwise.
The fourth option is the USB physical security key that will connect to the computer before attempting to access a site to authenticate the process. According to many experts, this is the safest type of authentication method possible. I suggest you go to Yubkey if you want to set it up. Click on Add Security Key to get started.
Usernames and passwords are no longer secure. That’s why it is very important to have a second layer of protection and there are some ways to achieve it. You can opt for 2FA or two factors authentication, which in turn are secure, but the only problem is that, after entering the password, you need to enter the code generated by an authentication app. It takes time but it’s worth it.
2SV or two-step verification solves this problem by allowing users to use their Android phone as a physical key which will display a pop-up window each time an account is accessed. Tapping once in the pop-up window is much faster than opening the authentication app and entering the code manually. However, it is advisable to set up a backup in case you lose access to your Android phone.
That’s it for today. If you have any query feel free to drop that in the comment section.
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