We now live in a digital world made of account And profilesall strictly protected by password, some also by biometric identification methods. There is not site, app or social that we visit that, sooner or later, does not ask us to register us to complete an operation. Which we, just as punctually, always do.
The result is that, within a few years, we literally accumulate hundreds of password protected profiles. Profiles that, in theory, should all be with a different username and password, but we know that they almost never are: in most cases the username is our real name, or our email address, while the password it is often always the same. Sometimes, however, we change it because we have had some problems, or because Google Chrome warns us that our password is inside some stolen database for sale on the dark web. Thus, after a few years, the old passwords not changed we forget them and we can no longer access sites and apps. The solution is a password manager, like the one built into Chrome and Android. There is also a trick to always have it available, on the phone homeso you don’t have to search for it every time you need it.
Password manager on the Android home
The trick to have their own password always at hand it is simple and consists in placing an icon on the phone home of the direct link to the password manager. In this way, every time we have to look for a password, we can do it with a few taps.
In June 2022, Google updated Android’s Google Play Services, introducing starting with version 22.18 the ability to place the password manager on the home. To do this, just open the manager and then tap on the settings gear. Here we will find the option “Add shortcut to Home screen“.
After tapping on it, the password manager icon (two keys with Google colorsone large and one small) will be placed on the phone home, in the first free space available (then we can move it where we prefer).
To find the password manager, you have to delve a little bit into the Android settingstaking a slightly different path from phone to phone due to the customizations made by each individual manufacturer.
In general, however, usually the path is Settings> Privacy> Google Autofill> Passwords.
Why put the password manager in the home
At this point, someone will already be wondering: why put the password manager at your fingertips, if you never use it since passwords are filled in automatically?
True, very true, but not always because there are cases (more and more frequent) in which we have to put the password, manually. An example is when we need to visit a site in disguise: in this case very often the account data must be entered manually.
Another case is that of banks appwhich for obvious security reasons have a very strict policy on username and password management and very often ask us for them before logging in, even if apparently they shouldn’t.
The last typical case in which it is very useful to keep all the passwords at hand is when we have on the same phone multiple profiles (usually a private one and a business one). In such cases it happens that you browse a site where we have registered with the other profile and that you are not automatically recognized.