For seven years our Android devices have integrated a password manager so that we do not have to remember them . During all these years it has not stopped receiving improvements but through its latest developments we see how Google finally adds important features so that we do not have to install other password managers.
Thanks to the Google Password Manager we can forget about the passwords of our applications and websites . The manager will store our passwords securely so that its autocomplete shows it to us when we have to log in. In addition, it also allows us to improve our security as we will see below.
How to access the password manager
Google ‘s password manager is hidden in the settings of our device. The fastest way to find it is through the settings browser, looking for “Password manager”.
If the settings of our mobile does not integrate a search bar then we have to go to Settings> Google> Autocomplete> Autocomplete with Google> Passwords . There we have the new Google Password Manager.
Direct access to the home screen
If we are going to use Google’s password manager a lot, we can add a shortcut to the home screen. To do this, we enter the password manager settings and click on the “Add direct access to the home screen” option.
In the password manager settings we see that by default it asks if we want to save passwords . That means that every time we log in to an application or website, a pop-up window will ask us if we want to save the password next to the username.
Google’s new password manager also allows us to manually add passwords . To do this, we just have to click on the + icon that appears on the main screen. There we can manually add passwords for websites or applications.
Apps or sites rejected
If we do not want Google’s password manager to save the password of an application, we can enter its settings and in the Application or rejected sites section, add the applications that we do not want their password to be saved.
For websites we have to do it from Chrome. When we log in and the Google manager asks us if we want to save the password, we have to click on the gear icon and touch Never . So for that website it will never ask us if we want to save your password.
With the saved passwords, when we go to log in, the password manager will be able to log in automatically or show us what passwords are saved for that website, so that we can select which user we want to log in with. Here we can see how the manager shows a window with our user account or as suggestions from the Gboard keyboard,
If we want to share a password or the manager is not showing it to us, we can search for it manually through its search engine. There we can see and/or copy our passwords once we have identified ourselves as the owner of the mobile.
Check the security of your passwords
One of the most important features of Google Password Manager is its password checker . The Google manager will alert us when any of our passwords has been exposed on the Internet and allows us to check the passwords manually from the “Check passwords” option.
After performing a check we will see which passwords have been violated, reused and not very secure . When displaying the results we will see the list of sites and applications along with a direct access to change the password. On some websites , Google Assistant will be able to automatically change your password** for us.
Suggest strong password
Finally, the best companion of Google Password Manager is Gboard keyboard as Google keyboard allows to create strong passwords automatically . When we have to create a password, click on the key icon that appears on the keyboard and select the Suggest strong password option . A window will show us the password that we can use.
Drag and drop’ came to Android before iOS. It is not in almost any app and it works worse
In the middle of July 2022, Google mentioned in passing on its blog that Google Keep now allows us to use drag and drop to move photos to other supported apps. Good news for lovers of multitasking, but it causes more than one to think: how come it couldn’t be done before?
Worst of all is that it could potentially be done, but it has not been until now that Google has agreed, six years after it was introduced as a novelty in Android Nougat. Even Apple has overtaken it to the right with iOS and iPadOS : the apple operating system incorporated it into its code a year later, but since then it has reached everywhere. On Android, it’s still the exception.
Will the first be the last?
In technology it doesn’t always matter who does it first, but who does it best. Android Nougat arrived in August 2016 with a good number of new features, among which was the drag and drop API. iOS arrived a year later , in September 2017 with the launch of iOS 11 and as an exclusive novelty for iPads (iPadOS did not yet exist).
At this point, both systems were on equal terms, with an internal API to be able to use drag and drop . What’s more, considering that on iOS it was exclusive to iPads, it could be said that in a certain way, if we talk about its availability for mobile phones, Android had an advantage. Everything seemed to be going smoothly when this API was released with the Android Files app and Gmail, being able to attach files to an email by dragging them, or open two Files apps to manage mobile storage more productively.
Then what often happens with the innovations that Google introduces in Android happened: oblivion . Android’s drag-and-drop API requires both the source and destination apps to support the operation, so it stands to reason that Google’s next steps would have been to add the functionality to its apps, especially productivity apps. . Well no.
A proof of this is that it has not reached Google Keep until 2022, six years later . Google Keep has been Google’s notes app since 2013 and, unlike in other categories, Google has stood firm here: it’s your notes app, nothing more. If we think about where to implement drag and drop beyond files, the next thing that comes to mind would be in a notes app. Take a photo, put it in a note. Come on, how can it be done on an iPad from iOS 11.
In all that wasted time, Apple has been fine-tuning its drag-and-drop to combine with gesture navigation, so you no longer need to turn on split-screen mode to drag from one app to another. Thus, drag and drop reached iPhones with iOS 15 (which do not have a split screen) and the possible advantage of being “technically on Android phones but not on iPhones” disappeared. Moreover, on Android it is still possible to do it only in split screen mode.
By including it system-wide and in all pre-installed apps, users get used to it and developers are incentivized to support the feature in their apps. Meanwhile, in Android we had already forgotten that it exists despite being there for many years. Hardly anyone uses it, not even Google bothers to add support in its most basic apps, and as a result, developers are spared the hassle. Why get complicated if no one is going to use it later.
Thus begins a vicious circle where almost no app supports drag and drop, so users don’t even know that this is possible, so developers don’t bother to include it. The only one that can bring order here and lead by example is Google , but it rarely takes that leadership position. Instead, he tends to opt more for throwing news on the air and let it be what God wants. Developers will take note. Maybe.
With the Pixel Tablet, the rush comes
At this year’s Google I/O, Google’s ambitions were confirmed: they will launch their own Pixel Tablet and at some point in their development they must have realized that, as developers of the operating system, they had been ignoring the peculiarities of tablets since Android Honeycomb , way back in 2011.
Thus, after Android 12 an unexpected Android 12L arrived with exclusive news for large screens of folding, tablets and Chromebooks. Android 12L makes it easy to use multiple apps at once with split screen : just drag the app icon from the bottom taskbar to one side of the screen.
It is when the use of several apps is “normalized” at the same time that someone at Google must have had the light bulb come on that they had been ignoring a possibility of the operating system for more than five years , and that is when we have seen it reach Google Keep. It will probably come to more apps in the coming weeks or months.
Suddenly, Google has entered the rush to improve Android support for tablets and the improvements in multitasking that this entails, when there are a few months left to put its own tablet on sale. It’s a bit of an ugly gesture, considering that many other companies have kept the Android tablet “dream” alive over the years with not much help from the OS “manager.”
Drag and drop is still available in a couple of Google apps beyond Google Keep , let alone third-party apps. You can’t select multiple photos in Google Photos and pop them into an email in Gmail, or drag an image from the internet into a Keep note.
Instead, even if you literally have one app next to the other, you need to download and attach, or use the Android Share menu. We are used to it, and most Android users don’t even care about it anymore, but the most important thing is what it represents: laziness, except for self-interest.