Google has announced that it's now possible to log into your Google accounts from your iPhones and iPads using your Android phone as a hardware authentication key.
Last month, Google announced a new way to protect Google accounts with a security key built into their Android phones.
The technology works basically the same, as Google explained in April, at the Cloud Next 2019 conference.
On desktops, the 2-step process works via Google Chrome communicating directly with your Android smartphone - for iOS, your Android phone connects to the Google Smart Lock app on your iPhone/iPad. This ensures that the Android smartphone can detect and authorize any login attempts for Google accounts triggered from your iPhone.
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So, when you attempting to sign in, you'll get a prompt on your Android phone to authenticate it. Tap "Yes" there, and it relays the affirmation back to the iOS device, and allows the login to proceed.
While mixing iOS and Android OS may seem counterintuitive to some, there are benefits.
Pick your Android smartphone from the list of available devices.
In order to set everything up properly, Apple users should install the Google Smart Lock app.
Follow the instructions to confirm it's you signing in.
You'll need an Android smartphone running Android 7.0 or above and an iOS device running iOS 10.0 or above, according to Google.