Two-factor authentication or 2-step verification is an effective way to secure online accounts, but many users avoid enabling the feature just to save themselves from irritation of receiving and typing a six-digit code that takes their 10 to 15 extra seconds.
Google has supported two-factor authentication for more than five years now, but the search giant is making it a little easier to use this week. Previously, you’ve had to manually enter a code from an authenticator app or via SMS, but Google is introducing a new prompt that you can tap on your phone to approve login requests. It’s very similar to how Twitter’s two-factor authentication works, generating a notification that you accept from a phone and it approves the login attempt.
Previously, you have had to manually enter a six-digit code received via an SMS or from an authenticator app, but now…
Google has introduced a new method called “Google Prompt” that uses a simple push notification where you just have to tap on your mobile phone to approve login requests.
How to Set Up Google Prompt
Here’s how you can enable Google Prompt for your Google accounts:
Before enabling Google Prompt, first enable two-step verification for your Google account and you have already enabled two-step verification, you can skip this part.
- Go to myaccount.google.com and sign in to your Google account.
- Select ‘Signing in to Google,’ using 2-Step Verification.
- Click on ‘Get started’ and enter your password once again.
- Now provide your phone number you want to use for authenticating, and choose either an SMS or phone call for verification, and click on ‘Try it.’
- Enter the 6-digit code from the SMS or phone call and select ‘Next.’
- For setting up two-step verification, click ‘Turn ON.’
Now, once you have enabled two-step verification, follow these simple steps that will just take a few second. All you need is an Android or iOS device nearby.
- Under ‘Set up alternative second step,’ click on the Google prompt option
- Add phone and click Get started.
Then just follow the on-screen instructions and you’re all set to go.
If you have an iPhone, you are required to download the Google Search app first and sign in before using Google Prompt. But, if you are an Android user, just update your Google Play Service.
Two-step verification has become so easier to use, so what are you now waiting for?