Google adds Prompt to make two-step verification easier

In a bid to increase authentication, Google has announced that it is adding yet another method for 2-step verification for your Google Accounts, called simply “Google Prompt”.

Currently, there are multiple ways that end users can approve sign-in requests via two-step verification which includes tapping a Security Key and entering a verification code sent to your phone.

To add the new prompt settings to your account, just go to your My Account page, select Sign-in & Security, and then 2-Step Verification. From there you will have the option to enable Google Prompt (the new option), Authenticator app, Voice or text message, Backup codes and Security Key.

Then, select Google Prompt and you will be walked through the setup process. On completion, a prompt will pop up on your phone – tap “Deny” to block an attempted sign-in, or tap “Yes, allow sign-in” to approve it.

The following requirements are needed:

  • You can’t have Security Keys and Google prompt enabled at the same time.
  • A data connection is required to use Google prompt.
  • Android users will need updated Google Play Services to use Google prompt.
  • iOS users will need the Google Search app installed on their phone to use Google prompt

The Google Help Center will soon be updated with more instructions.

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