1Password ushers in the passwordless era and introduces passkeys in beta

Supporting a completely password-free experience might seem like an odd feature for the leading password managers, but some of them, like Dashlane, have already built passkeys into their services, perhaps in an effort to stay relevant even after passwords are gone. Its competitor 1Password also promised last month that it would roll out Passkey support to users sometime in June in the open beta, and the service has lived up to its promise.

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The open beta is live and 1Password customers can now store and manage their passkeys on the platform. If you have a 1Password account, you can download the desktop browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Brave, and Safari. While there’s currently no way to add passkey logins through the password manager app on Android, Windows, Linux, macOS, and iOS, the company says you’ll still view, edit, any passkey you’ve saved on the service , share and delete .

To get started, simply create an account on a Passkey-supported website and opt for the Passkey method during this process for security reasons. The passkey will then be added to your 1Password account. If you already have an account with this website, go to the “Account Settings” menu and enable the “Password” login option. 1Password will automatically sign you in the next time you visit this site.

The company has a portal that lists all websites and apps that support Passkey login. As part of the beta testing, the latest 1Password app includes a new feature called Watchtower, which monitors your existing accounts and notifies you when a service has adopted Passkey support.

Mobile support will be available later this summer when Android 14 is released. 1Password promises you can store passkeys on an Android phone and use them to log in. The upcoming feature will be available in Chrome for Android as well as other native apps that support passkeys.

In a blog post, 1Password reiterates that unlike ecosystem-based services from companies like Apple or Google, passkeys can be synced between devices. That means your passkeys are accessible across platforms thanks to 1Password’s Universal Sign-On sync. As part of the latest beta, you can also share your passkeys with friends and family.

Later this summer, 1Password will be phasing out the last password for good as it plans to release the ability to use a Passkey to log into your 1Password account instead of a Master Password.