How it works with apps

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If you’re like most people, you have dozens of passwords. It can be difficult to keep track of everything from your email account to your bank ID. This is where 1Password comes in.

1Password is a password manager that allows you to store all your passwords in one place. As the name suggests, you only need to remember one password: the master password for your 1Password account. This makes accessing your passwords easier and more secure as the app generates strong passwords.

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This blog post will explain how 1Password works with Android and iPhone apps.

The password problem

According to a Pew Research study (Figure A), three in ten American adults are online most of the day, while 48% are online several times a day.

online activity data for adults in the United States
Figure A: A majority of adults in the United States are online at least daily, according to Pew Research.

When online, they invariably access dozens of websites and mobile apps ranging from social media to online banking. Unfortunately, most people use the same password in multiple apps to avoid having to remember multiple passwords.

In fact, the majority of passwords are ridiculously simple and easy to crack. For example, successive studies of cybersecurity companies continue to reveal that the five most common passwords are “123456”, “123456789”, “12345”, “qwerty” and “password”.

This creates a major security issue because once a hacker obtains the password for an app or website, they can gain quick access to other accounts. That’s why it’s essential to use different passwords for every app and website you visit, which is obviously easier said than done.

How does 1Password work?

1Password password manager addresses the problem of passwords by acting as a secure repository for all your passwords. You will only need to create a strong master password when you create an account. This is the only password you need to remember – everything else will be stored behind this master password.

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The password manager is available as a desktop app for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS. It is also available for Android and iOS and as a Chrome, Firefox and Edge browser extension. You can also use it as a command line tool.

Filling and saving passwords in Android apps

To download 1Password app from Google Play and open it.

Create an account

You will be prompted to register when you first open the 1Password app. Follow the on-screen instructions to register and create a strong, easy-to-remember master password. A strong password should be at least eight characters long and include a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.

If your smartphone supports it, you should also set up biometric authentication, such as fingerprint or face recognition, for added security. Finally, enable the Autofill option (Figure B).

Autofill settings in 1Password
Figure B: Set up your 1Password account and enable autofill.

Once your account is created, you can now start saving passwords.

Create a new connection

Open the app and tap the + sign at the bottom of the screen. This action opens a new screen where you can select a category. There are over 20 categories to choose from, but for this blog post we will focus on the Login category (Figure C).

category options in 1Password
Figure C: Choose the Login category from the list of 20 categories available on 1Password.

Fill in an ID

After selecting the Login category, you will need to enter a name for the website or app along with your username and password. The name can be anything you want, it doesn’t have to match the website name. When you’re done, tap Save at the top of the screen.

You can now exit the application and open the website or application for which you just saved the password. Then, on your next visit, just tap Fill Login and enter your master password (Figure D).

Twitter login autofill option in twitter app username field.
Figure D: Select Fill Login for 1Password to autofill your login credentials for any registered site.

The app will automatically fill in the username and password for you.

Save a connection

With autofill, you can also save passwords in mobile apps. To do this, open the app and tap Fill Connection. Then you will enter your master password.

After that, you will see a list of autofill compatible apps. Select the app for which you want to save the password and tap Save (Figure E).

The 1Password menu to register a new connection
Figure E: You can save your login information in 1Password for any compatible site.

The next time you open the app, the username and password will be automatically filled in for you.

Filling and Saving Passwords in iPhone Apps

The process of saving passwords in iPhone apps is similar to Android apps. To download 1Password app from the App Store and launch it.

Configure autofill

Select the Settings tab in 1Password, then Passwords and Autofill Passwords. Finally, enable AutoFill Passwords and select 1Password as the default password manager (Figure F).

Autofill passwords for mobile apps menu in 1Password
Figure F: Enable autofill passwords through 1Password for your mobile apps.

Fill in an ID

Filling in your 1Password login information is a snap with AutoFill. Tap a username or password field, and the login item will be suggested at the bottom of the screen or near the top of the keyboard.

If there is no match, tap the Passwords key icon Passwords. Log in to your account and you’re all set (G-figure).

password login for mobile app on iphone
Figure G: Log in to your account via the 1Password AutoFill feature to speed up the login process.

There may be cases where there is more than one login record for the application. In this case, press the passwords key icon at the top right of the keyboard and select another one.

Save a connection

You can also use AutoFill to save passwords in apps. Just tap the password key icon, then tap Create Connection. Next, enter your information and press Save & Fill.

For existing login items, tap the passwords key icon, then tap 1Password to create a new login.

Create a connection

Finally, 1Password makes it easy to create new login credentials for apps on your Apple device. To create a new connection, tap the password key icon and Create connection. Next, enter a username, tap next to the password field, and adjust the password settings. To complete the login process, tap Save & Complete.

Congratulations, you now know how to use 1Password on your Android or iOS device. By only needing to remember one master password, the tool lets you easily store and use strong passwords. Now you can easily log in to mobile apps with just one click.

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