What it is and how to use it on your Android device

If you’re not a fan of time-consuming form filling, or frustrated by programs that require it, here’s good news: you don’t have to anymore thanks to autofill. AutoFill is a special framework provided by Google that manages the communication between the AutoFill service and applications on your Android device.

The service works similar to password managers, taking the stress out of forgetting passwords and filling in information in other apps using your data. This improves the user experience as you will spend less time filling out form fields and minimize errors, especially when using mobile devices.

The AutoFill framework consists of services such as password managers, AutoFill clients or apps that store your data, and the Android OS that provides the platform on which everything works together.

Autofill arrived with Android Oreo (8.0) as one of the internal improvements designed to make Android devices run smoother, faster and cooler. It’s a godsend for users and developers, as it makes it easier to enter login credentials for supported apps like Netflix and others.

Originally, whenever you signed in to a supported app, Google AutoFill appeared and used Google Password Management to enter your login credentials.

Today, however, it works with other password managers like LastPass, 1Password, or Dashlane, which before Oreo had their own system to automatically fill in your usernames and passwords with a few hacks. This is no longer necessary.

If you have any of these apps installed, you’ll be asked to enter your login details securely and automatically when a web page prompts you to authenticate or when you open apps.

Another great thing about autofill is that if you have a new login that you haven’t used in your password manager the first time you do it, you should be prompted to save it in the manager app by default.

How to use AutoFill in your Google Account

Your Google account will come in handy when signing up for almost all online services. In fact, it’s probably Facebook’s biggest competitor in this area, although there are other services that still require an account to use.

Most online services give users the preferred option of registering and logging in with their Facebook or Google account.

Each time you visit the website’s registration page, your information is automatically filled in when you sign up with your Google Account. This is made possible by Chrome’s autofill feature, which saves your Google Account login credentials.

With autofill, now available in Android apps and devices, you can save your logins for online services like Netflix and Google will automatically fill in the information on any Android device you sign in with.

To enable Google AutoFill for your Android apps and device, follow the steps below.

Go to Settings on your Android device.

Scroll down and find system or General management.

touch Language and time (this may or may not appear depending on your Android version. If it’s not available, skip to the next step).

Select Language and input.

touch Advanced settings section (Input assistance) at the bottom to expand the list (depending on your version of Android).

touch Autofill service.

Next click Google to select it (default).

Select Autofill from Google.

To return to Autofill service. touch Settings next to the selected Google app. You should get a prompt that shows what information Google can see if it’s your default autocomplete service.

Click in order to confirm Select default email address that you want to use with the autofill service. Click Continue.

Test the service by opening the app and trying to sign in when prompted to send your credentials to your Google Account.

How to use autofill with a password manager

Built-in browser password managers like Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Opera help save time and make password management more convenient. However, they create a false sense of security that doesn’t last, especially when the browser is hacked.

With a dedicated dedicated password manager, you can create and store better and stronger passwords, knowing they’ll be more secure than in your browser. Currently, password managers that support Google AutoFill include LastPass (certified by Google), Enpass, 1Password, Keeper, and Dashlane.

If you want to configure autofill to work with a password manager, you need to download the manager program first. If you already have one on your Android device, follow the steps below to set up the autofill service.

Download and install a Google-supported password manager.

Go to Settings > System. touch Language and input.

touch advanced section to expand it. Select Autofill service and select a password manager. If it’s not listed, tap it Add a service.

Open the app and tap when prompted Autofill with [password manager]. For example, if your default app is LastPass, click AutoFill with LastPass.

Authenticate with a password or fingerprint to confirm the action. Log in to the app you want and use it.

You can now use autofill to enter credentials using a Google Account or password manager. Every time you click enter any app will display your email address as a suggestion, similar to Chrome’s autocomplete in the login box.

However, third-party apps will prompt you to unlock the password manager and choose your credentials without leaving the login screen.

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