PayPal helps customers shop and pay with peace of mind knowing their privacy, money and purchases are protected every step of the way. We recently took another step to help customers access their account and pay securely by introducing passkeys on Apple iOS as a new, easy and secure log-in method for eligible PayPal customers. Today, we’re expanding passkeys to eligible customers on Google Android devices, starting on Android mobile web1.
Rolling out to customers now and becoming more widely available over the coming year, Android mobile device users in the U.S. running the Android 9+ operating system can now create a passkey for their PayPal personal account using the Chrome browser. Once a PayPal user creates a passkey, users won't need to remember or type in their password to log in, allowing them to check out with greater ease.
Passwords are still here to stay on PayPal. With the option to create a passkey, Android users can take the next step toward a passwordless future, today.
What are Passkeys?
Passkeys are a new industry standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium that are designed to replace passwords with cryptographic key pairs and using digital credentials, such as biometric sensors, including fingerprint, facial recognition, and PIN or pattern. Passkeys offer customers a simple and secure way to log in to PayPal based on technology that helps guard against phishing.
A founding member of the FIDO Alliance, PayPal is one of the first financial services companies to begin making passkey authentication available to its users. This cutting-edge security standard is significant as passkeys will eventually address one of the biggest security problems on the web, which is the weakness of password authentication because passkeys are highly-resistant to phishing, credential stuffing, and other remote attacks.
How to Create a PayPal Passkey on Android
Creating and using a passkey with PayPal is a quick and easy process on a device running Android 9+.
- With the Chrome browser on your Android 9+ device, log in to PayPal using your existing credentials such as a username and password.
- The option to “create a passkey” may appear with information about passkeys1. You will be prompted to authenticate the same way you typically unlock your device which will automatically create the passkey.
- Once created, you will be directed to the PayPal home screen. At the next login, you can begin using the passkey on passkey-enabled PayPal platforms
For more information about passkeys on PayPal, please click here.