Fingerprint unlock coming to 1Password for Android [Update: Sneak peek!]

A strong Master Password is critical to keeping your 1Password vault secure. It’s also not the easiest thing to type out on a mobile device. What if you had another way to unlock your vault, in addition to your master password? One that is both convenient and secure?

For some time now, we’ve been wanting to give you the ability to unlock 1Password for Android using your fingerprint. The challenge has been that there was no standard way for us to implement it that would work across a variety of devices made by different manufacturers. And so we waited, and you waited.

Now, our wait is over.

The Android M Developer Preview was just announced at Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference going on right now in San Francisco. For us, one of the most exciting new features is the standardized fingerprint support that is coming to the Android platform. This means that we have some awesome news for you:

We will be adding support for fingerprint unlock to 1Password for Android when Android M launches later this year!

Fingerprint unlock (1Password for Android)

We don’t usually talk about upcoming features, but we were just too excited about this one to keep it a secret.

As we get closer to the launch of Android M, we will need your help to beta test fingerprint unlock. If you’d like to be among the first to try it out, we invite you to join our beta team. We will share more information in time; for now, we hope you are as excited about this new development as we are!

Update: We had the privilege of being demoed at Google I/O today! If you happened to be in the audience, we’d love to hear what you thought of the demo. And if you weren’t, we’re happy to be able to show you a very, very quick sneak peek. Here’s what it might be like to access your 1Password vault using fingerprint unlock.

10 replies
    • JoelsWords
      JoelsWords says:

      I think its time we all quit using the word “copy” when it comes to these mobile platforms. Its getting ridiculous, really. We can’t sit and watch anything new from a company and enjoy a damn second of it cause all we want to focus on is who did it first. Let’s all quit with this, finally. iPhone came out 8 years ago, Android, 7 years ago. Its no secret that each company takes ideas from each other. It’s what they’re supposed to do. If my iPhone was using only Apple’s idea’s and they hadn’t taken anything from Android, it would be one crappy device. And that goes both ways. Lets quit with the word “copy” already.

  1. Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore
    Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore says:

    The only sad thing is that it’s a bit complicated to get a fingerprint scanner with a software update…
    Other than that really really cool news. Already looking forward to upgrading my phone!

    • Andrew Costen
      Andrew Costen says:

      It is too bad that a software upgrade can’t add new hardware. :) We hope you enjoy the feature on your new phone when it is released.

    • Andrew Costen
      Andrew Costen says:

      As we said in the post, “we don’t usually talk about upcoming features,” but anything is possible as we dig deeper into the goodies that Android M has to offer.

  2. Paul
    Paul says:

    Great news, but I hope this won’t come at the expense of other long-promised features on Android, such as Google Drive support, multiple vaults, a persistent search bar, material design, etc.

    • Andrew Costen
      Andrew Costen says:

      Not to worry. Our development team is still working hard on other aspects of 1Password too, not just fingerprint unlocking.

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