We’re always captivated by WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference, and the announcements shared during its keynotes and various breakout sessions. This year’s conference was particularly exciting because Apple unveiled a new passkey API that will be implemented in iOS 17. The API will enable password managers like 1Password to create and use passkeys inside any native app that has added passkey support, including Safari.
We’re thrilled about this announcement.
If you need a quick refresher: passkeys are a new kind of login credential that entirely replaces passwords. Passkeys don’t need to be memorized, there’s no such thing as a “weak” passkey, and they can’t be stolen in a data breach. These passwordless login credentials also speed up the process of signing in to your online accounts. Research by Google shows that signing in with a password takes twice as long as a passkey login.
Apple’s newly announced API will make passkeys even more useful and seamless to use on iPhones. Our developers have jumped into action and are already hard at work integrating the new passkey API in 1Password for iOS.
Here’s a sneak peek at what we’re building:
Why you should save your passkeys in 1Password
When you create a new passkey on your iPhone, iPad or Mac, you’ll be able to choose where to store it. Here are just a few reasons why 1Password is the most secure and convenient place for your passwordless login credentials:
You can sync your passkeys between devices. Other solutions may lock your passkeys to a specific device, or only support syncing within a specific ecosystem. 1Password lets you use your passkeys on any device, and any major browser.
You can share your passkeys with anyone. Need to give a co-worker or family member access to one of your passkey-protected accounts? Just put the passkey in a shared vault. Or use item sharing for short-term access.
You can store passkeys alongside your passwords and other important data. 1Password gives you a secure and convenient place to store passkeys, passwords, credit cards, addresses, medical records, and everything else that’s important in your digital life.
Passkeys & 1Password: the journey so far
Itching to start using passkeys? Here’s the progress we’ve made so far.
Save and sign in with passkeys using 1Password in the browser
You can now create and use passkeys with the public beta of 1Password in the browser. Once you’ve downloaded one of our beta extensions, find a website that supports passkey login, and follow their instructions to secure your account with a passkey.
An on-screen prompt will explain where your new passkey will be stored. If you already have an account with the website, you’ll see an option to update your current credential with the new passkey or save it as a new one. Once you’ve confirmed that the new passkey should be saved in 1Password … that’s it! You’re all done.
View, edit, move, share, and delete passkeys using 1Password
When you create and save a passkey using 1Password in the browser, it will automatically be synced across your devices and available in 1Password for Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, and Linux. You can use these apps to:
- View your passkeys.
- Organize your paskeys with notes and tags.
- Move passkeys to different vaults.
- Share passkeys securely with other people.
- Delete passkeys you no longer need.
- And more!
Coming soon: Save and use passkeys in any Android app using 1Password
Own an Android phone or tablet? You’ll soon be able to create and use passkeys to sign in to Android apps on your phone. We plan to roll this out alongside or shortly after the launch of Android 14. When it goes live, you’ll be able to save and use passkeys not only in Chrome for Android but also in any other native Android app that supports passkeys.
Coming soon: Unlock 1Password with a passkey
For passkeys to succeed, they need to replace all of your passwords, including the one you use to unlock 1Password. We’re working on giving you the option to create and unlock your 1Password account with a passkey, rather than a password.
Securing 1Password with a passkey will be just as secure as an account password and Secret Key, but much easier to manage.
We’ll be launching this functionality in private beta later this summer. Here’s a sneak peek that will give you a feel for how it’s going to work:
The future is passkeys
The passkey APIs that Apple announced this week are a crucial tool that will help us realize our vision of building truly simple, fast, and secure login solutions for everyone.
Once the conference is over, we’ll be putting our heads down and working hard on bringing the best passkey experience possible to iOS and macOS.
If you want to learn more about passkeys and our plans to support them, check out:
- Our passkeys explainer
- Our announcement that you’ll soon be able to create and unlock a 1Password account using a passkey
- Our future of 1Password microsite
- Our research report looking at the public’s attitude toward passkeys and passwordless authentication
- Our passkeys directory, a community-driven index of websites, apps, and services that support passkeys