Password managers are widely used for a reason. Apps for work, social media, banking, and practically all software-as-a-service (SaaS) products demand passwords that are eight characters or longer and must contain a minimum of one symbol, one capital letter, one number, and so on.
Consider attempting to commit 73 different, intricate passwords to memory for each program you have downloaded. Imagine attempting to figure out which one is connected to which service, assuming you manage it with some kind of creative genius. That users end up using the same passwords for all of their apps is not surprising.
You may avoid the headache of managing several passwords and the possible dangers of utilizing just one primary password by using password managers. There are numerous choices, such as 1Password, LastPass, WordPress, and Google’s password manager.
Apart from creating flagship devices such as the recently released Galaxy S23 Ultra, Samsung also offers a collection of apps that come pre-installed with One UI. Among these is Samsung Pass, the company’s password management tool; this article explains all about it and sets it apart from other well-known choices.
What is Samsung Pass?
A password manager is called Samsung Pass. It functions by storing your login credentials from websites and social media accounts that you register for, allowing you to access those services at a later time without having to enter them again. Your Samsung phone’s Trust Zone, an isolated on-device area that encrypts the data to keep it safe, is where the service saves your credentials.
Beyond usernames and passwords, Samsung Pass can save more data. It is similar to Google’s all-in-one in that it lets you store bank card numbers and addresses, and you can even annotate saved items. These details are simple to add to any platform that is compatible with the Android autofill framework. But Samsung Pass has an advantage over other password managers: it works with the Samsung keyboard, so you can always access it—even on websites and applications without autofill.
Who can use Samsung Pass?
Any Galaxy phone or tablet running Android 8 or later that has an internet connection, a compatible fingerprint or iris scanner, a Samsung account, and a suitable biometric authentication system can access and utilize Samsung Pass. Regarding app compatibility, Samsung Pass is compatible with any program that supports the Android autofill framework. This implies that the password manager should be compatible with the majority of apps from bigger companies, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok, in addition to forums and online banking services.
Samsung Pass does, however, have a few restrictions. Similar to the majority of the tech giant’s programs, it is device-incompatible. Given that Pass is secured by Knox, a feature built into the device’s hardware, this shouldn’t be shocking. The interoperability and compatibility of password managers is another crucial feature. Samsung Pass can only store your online logins when used in conjunction with the Samsung Internet app, in contrast to other services that are compatible with the major web browsers.
How to configure and use Samsung Pass
The majority of Samsung Pass is automated, particularly when utilizing the Samsung web browser. But before you enable Samsung Pass, make sure your device has at least one biometric setting activated.
Install the Samsung Pass app on your device and log into your Samsung account to activate the service. Most Samsung phones have Samsung Pass preinstalled; if not, get it from the Galaxy Store.
Once the app has been installed on your phone, do the following:
- Select the Biometrics and Security option after launching the Settings app.
- To configure Samsung Pass, navigate to the Biometrics and Security Settings tab and press on it. To continue, you might be prompted to accept the privacy statement and end-user licensing agreement.
- To unlock your device, use the biometric authentication method that is set as default.
- Following your authentication using the standard biometric unlock technique, the Samsung Pass choices screen displays. You can add and manage credentials from this page. In addition, if you have multiple authentication methods available, you can change them by clicking the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen to access the settings.
- It’s now time to enable the autofill feature on your device after activating Samsung Pass. When you launch the app for the first time, it usually asks you to allow autofill. If not, you can enable the feature by navigating to your device’s settings and doing the following actions:
- Navigate to the General management choices by scrolling down from the device settings homepage.
- Select Passwords and autofill from the General Management page.
- To access the autofill selection options, press the option under Autofill service in the Passwords and Autofill settings.
- Verify the Autofill with the Samsung Pass option on the Autofill service page.
- You get a pop-up to confirm that you trust the app. Press OK to proceed.
- Samsung Pass now asks you to save your login information for later when you access an app that makes use of Android’s autofill framework. In the event that no popup appears and you need to manually enter login credentials for a website, you can do so.
Add Samsung Pass to your Samsung Keyboard
While many Android users still prefer Gboard, there are now many better keyboard options available, such as the Samsung Keyboard, which has outperformed Gboard in several areas over time. Samsung Pass integration appears to be one benefit Samsung Keyboard has over Gboard. Apps can take advantage of the Samsung Pass password manager without needing to be compatible with Android’s autofill framework thanks to the incorporation of Samsung Pass inside the keyboard.
Once Samsung Keyboard is enabled, take the following actions to activate the Pass button on the keyboard:
- Navigate to the General Management Settings in your device’s settings.
- Toggle the Keyboard toolbar option on the Samsung Keyboard settings page by tapping on it.
- Open the Samsung Keyboard settings from the General Management settings page.
- Once the Keyboard toolbar is enabled, you can use Samsung Pass within the Samsung Keyboard.
- Open the keyboard and enter text into a chat window or Google search, for example, to launch Samsung Pass from the toolbar. Then, hit the Pass icon in the toolbar above the characters.
- You can view your saved credentials only after biometrically authenticating after tapping the Pass symbol.
- To copy the username, password, address, or note from the Pass window into the text area you are editing, tap on it.
- In the event that the Pass icon is absent, locate it by tapping the three dots located on the right side of the toolbar, then drag it into the main toolbar area from underneath the toolbar.