Using YubiKey with Google Accounts
How to set up a YubiKey to protect Google Accounts?
With hardware security keys you can get the additional protection of two-factor authentication to make your login procedure secure. Follow these step-by-step instructions to easily set up a U2F Security Key with Google Accounts.
- A computer with a USB port and the latest version of Google Chrome (version 38 or newer)
- A FIDO U2F-enabled Security Key, YubiKey 5 NFC, YubiKey 5C, YubiKey 5/5C Nano
- A Google Account (Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google+, etc.)
Step 1: Add a YubiKey to your account
- On your computer, using Google Chrome go to the 2-Step Verification section of your Google Account. Don’t insert your YubiKey yet.
- Select Choose another option, and then Select Security Key.
- Select Next.
- Insert your YubiKey and touch the button or the gold-colored edge.
- If you have a notification in the top left, asking you for a permission to see the model of your security key, select Allow or Block
- Selecting Allow is only needed if you want to get advanced support with troubleshooting in the future.
- Follow the instructions provided on the screen to complete setting up the YubiKey with your account.
Step 2: Sign in using your YubiKey
Now your account is protected with the second factor authenticator. Follow this procedure whenever you need to sign into your Google Account:
- Insert your YubiKey into a USB port on your computer.
- Sign in to your Google Account.
- When your YubiKey starts blinking, touch the button or the gold-colored edge.
- Want a computer that you use regularly to log in without the security key? Check the box Remember this computer for 30 days.
- Have no YubiKey with you? Click Use a verification code.
Using Microsoft Edge, Opera or Firefox?
Browsers other than Google Chrome support using U2F Security Keys, but registering a key is only supported with Chrome since version 38.
FIDO U2F support in browsers:
- Google Chrome: starting from version 38 (Using and registering keys)
- Microsoft Edge: starting from build 17723 (only using keys)
- Opera: starting from version 40 (only using keys)
- Mozilla Firefox: starting from version 57, enabled by default since version 60 (only using keys)