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1Password unveils new sign-in experience and recovery codes feature

Published Jun 20th, 2024 9:00AM EDT
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With Apple releasing its own Passwords app with iOS 18, 1Password wants to ensure it’s still the go-to option for everyone’s passwords, two-step verification codes, and other sensitive information stored with end-to-end cryptography. This is why the company is unveiling two new features today: A new sign-in experience (now in beta) and recovery codes feature.

With the new sign-in experience, 1Password wants to simplify the user experience when logging in to a new device or browser for the first time. By choosing the “Scan QR Code” option from the top left account menu in their signed-in phone, they can quickly add their 1Password account to a new device or browser.

To finish enrollment, confirm the new device or browser when prompted on your phone, and that’s it. The company says this new sign-in experience “isn’t just convenient, but incredibly secure,” as it creates an encrypted channel between the two devices.

In addition, 1Password’s latest update brings the long-awaited recovery codes feature. With that, you can still log back into the app even if you forget your account password or lose your Secret Key.

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According to the company, a recovery code is a unique and secure code generated by an app or website as a backup to help you regain access to your account. While the app’s family organizers can already help other family members recover their accounts, if Family Organizers and customers using the individual plan forgot their password or lost their Secret Key, even with 1Passowrd Support, they wouldn’t be able to regain access to their data.

Thankfully, now you can create a recovery code by following the steps below:

  • Open and unlock the 1 Password app
  • Select your account or collection at the top of the sidebar and choose Manage Accounts
  • Choose your account and then select Sign-in & Recovery
  • Select Set up recovery code and follow the onscreen instructions.

Wrap up

To try 1Password’s new sign-in experience, you need to join its beta community through the desktop app, TestFlight for iOS, or the “Join the Beta” option in the app management settings on Android. For the new recovery codes feature, make sure to download the latest stable version of the app.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.