Two-step verification is an absolute must to stay secure in this day and age and now Google has announced an easier method to approve sign-in requests on both Android and iOS. The new Google Prompt requires just a simple yes/no to approve a log-in and is built right into Android.

The Google Prompt brings up a simple dialogue featuring your name, profile image, and the specific city and device you’re trying to log-in from. Underneath, there is a simple “No, deny sign-in” or “Yes, allow sign-in” to approve the sign-in request.

On Android, the Google Prompt is built into Google Play Services and on iOS it requires the Google Search app. Users on iOS will likely receive a simple notification directing them to open the Google app, while on Android the prompt could just pop-up as a system dialogue. As it’s a part of Play Services, virtually all Android users will now have very easy access to two-step verification.

Users can head to the My Account page to enable two-factor. You can continue using the Google Authenticator app, text message, or a variety of previous methods. Google notes that users can’t have both the Google Prompt and a Security Key enabled at the same time.

Android users will need the latest version of Google Play Services, with the feature rolling out over the next three days to all users. The Google Help Center will soon be updated with more instructions.

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