How to enable access keys in iOS 16?

Are you good at remembering passwords? If not, what are you doing to combat that complication? In most cases, people say they use a password manager, which is a pretty good choice, but even that means you have to remember the master password, which puts things back in the middle.

To counter this problem, Apple introduced Passkeys for iOS 16. With this feature, users now have the choice to authenticate the login process for certain applications using Face or Touch ID, without having to remember a password.

The feature was announced in June 2022 at the WWDC event when Apple introduced iOS 16 and all its features. If you’re not sure what access keys are and how to use them on your iOS 16 device, we’ve got all the details for you.

What are access keys and how do they work?

Before discussing the usefulness of passkeys, let us first take you through their meaning. Passkeys, as we mentioned, is a new feature introduced by Apple with iOS 16 to authenticate the login process for a limited number of apps without the need for a password.

Verification can be done using Face or Touch ID on iPhones or iPads. As defined by Apple, Passkeys are cryptographic keys that help a device confirm the user’s identity to provide direct access to certain apps, software, tools, etc.

Passkeys run on biometric confirmation; therefore, it involves using Face ID or Touch ID, as we discussed in the previous section of the article.

Which apps support passwords?

As we mentioned earlier, Passkeys is not available for every app available in the App Store. Since the feature is still in its early stages, it’s not surprising that it currently supports a handful of apps, including:

  • Best Buy
  • dashlane
  • GoDaddy
  • Kaya
  • PayPal
  • WordPress, etc.

These may not seem very functional and useful to many users, but if you use any of these apps mentioned above, we recommend that you pay close attention to them without asking any questions.

How to set passkeys on iOS 16?

Now that you know a bit more about access keys and how to use them, the next thing to focus on is the process of setting up the access keys on your iOS 16 device.

There are two scenarios worth considering:

  • Set up passkeys for a new account on iPhone
  • Set up passkeys for an existing account on iPhone

Let’s walk you through both scenarios in detail:

Set up passkeys for a new account on iPhone

  • In the login section of the app, click Create a new account and fill in the details as prompted on the screen.
  • If the specific app supports Passkeys, a pop-up message will ask you if you want to save the Passkey, then click Continue.
  • If the app supports a passcode, but the popup doesn’t appear, we recommend clicking the “other” section that allows authentication and then clicking Continue.

Set up passkeys for an existing account on iPhone

  • For an account you’ve already created in an app, you can verify it using access keys.
  • Log into the app with the credentials and navigate to the Account Management section.
  • Look up password or authentication methods in the security section of the app.
  • If the app supports passkeys, you should find the options popup. Click on it and enable access keys for the said app.

And that’s all. Enabling access keys for an existing or new account on iOS 16 is not rocket science provided you follow the steps we have mentioned in this article.

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