Google’s Smart Lock: what it is, how it works and how you can use it to synchronize your passwords

Google Smart Lock: what it is, how it works and how you can use it to synchronize your passwords

One of the easiest ways of protecting our accounts is to use a strong password and, preferably, different for each service. That, of course, means having to remember multiple passwords, which can be somewhat complicated if you use many services, platforms and different applications. But for that Google has a solution: Smart Lock.

The good thing about this system is that it not only works on PC, but that it syncs with any Android mobile through the Google account Today we are going to get to know him better, we will see how to set it up and, of course, how to take advantage of it in our smartphone.

What it is and how it works Google Smart Lock

In a few words, Google Smart Lock is a vault of stored passwords in your Google account. Surely you have noticed that when you login in any website via Google Chrome (either on PC or on mobile), this asks if you want to remember your credentials to fill them automatically next time. Smart Lock is exactly that.

Came the 1 June 2015 in the version 7.5 of the Services from Google Play and in just four years has become the manager passwords by default all Android mobile. Very old has to be your device does not support Google Smart Lock.


Its operation is extremely simple and the first thing is to make sure that you have it on. To do this, open Google Chrome on your computer, and make sure that is synchronizing with your Google account. You can do this by clicking on your profile photo in the top right corner of the browser. If the side of the photo there is a green icon means that the sync is enabled.

Smart Lock Android

Now, go to your mobile and follow the following path: Settings > Google > Smart Lock for passwords. For the synchronization to work, you must check the box for “Smart Lock for passwords.” In addition, Google’s Smart Lock allows you to automatically log in to those applications that support it. Netflix and Spotify are among them, for example. To do this you will need to also check the box for “log on automatically”.

what And how is it used?

we Already know Google’s Smart Lock, but how will you know which is working? Easy, because when you open the application you will see a blue box at the bottom, indicating your user name. In the case of Spotify, if you have the password saved, just open the application will start the session without any intervention on your part.

Also works in web pages when we use the Google Chrome browser. If you have the credentials stored in the account, when you open a website you will see an icon of a key on the keyboard. When you press on it, it will show the account in question. If selected, the fields “user” and “password” are automatically populated.

Smart Lock Android 2

Now, it is important to note one thing: you can only have one account saved for each service or platform. You can’t have multiple accounts of Facebook, for example, only one. If you want to delete the saved account to make room for another, you’ll have to go to, sign in with your Google account and delete it manually.

As you can see, it is a tool more useful for those people who have an account on various services and want to use strong passwords without having to remember them from memory. However, it involves risks, because if you leave the phone to someone, for this you can log on to your accounts with the same ease that you.

If you want to avoid it, you can use another password manager alternative as LastPass. The advantage of this type of managers is to allow you to set a lock fingerprint to access the app and fill in the login fields, which adds an extra layer of security.

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The news Google Smart Lock: what it is, how it works and how you can use it to synchronize your passwords was originally published in Xataka Android by Jose García Nieto .

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Google’s Smart Lock: what it is, how it works and how you can use it to synchronize your passwords
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July 14, 2019

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