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Google afresh appear it was giving iPhone users the same aegis as their Android brothers, by making your phone the agnate of a key. No more ambidextrous with SMS codes… just one Google app on your phone.

Whereas before you’d have to buy a concrete key to get this same level of protection, now all you need is the Google Smart Lock app. Here’s aggregate you need to know to get started.


First, download the Google Smart Lock app. If you already have it, update it to the newest version. For a primer on how to update your apps in iOS 13, check here. Once you’ve done this, you must allow the app to use Bluetooth and notifications on your phone as well.


Now comes the fun part: you actuate your aegis key. Luckily Google has made this one simple button press within the Smart Lock app (you may have to log into your annual again). Once you agree to make the phone your aegis key, you can find it among the list of options accessible to you on your two-factor affidavit settings.

And that’s it. Once you sign into your Google annual from a new device, the Smart Lock app will alert you and ask you to affirm that it’s you signing into the device. If it doesn’t detect the device you’re trying to sign in on nearby, it’ll advance you change your countersign as addition else is trying to access your account.

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