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X launches passkey support for iOS app users worldwide

Passkey on an iPhone

Passkeys have launched for X uses globally, bringing a new level of account security to users of the social platform.

In January, X introduced support for passkey login. The feature uses technology developed by the FIDO Alliance in collaboration with major tech players like Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

Passkeys on X were initially available exclusively to iOS users in the United States but have now been rolled out globally, as confirmed by X's official Safety account.

Passkeys significantly reduce the risk of password breaches or hacking attempts. Passkeys are encrypted and cannot be intercepted or stolen during transmission, providing ironclad protection for personal information.

From X on passkeys:

Passkeys offer a more secure and convenient way to access your iOS devices and accounts. By using your biometric data with Face ID or Touch ID, passkeys eliminate the need to remember complex passwords. We believe in simplifying your login process without compromising security, putting you in control of your account access.

How to enable passkeys on X

Passkeys, as a part of the Web Authentication (WebAuthn) standard, are supported on iOS devices starting with iOS 15. Here's how to start using passkeys on X.

  1. Launch the X app on your iOS device.
  2. Click on the profile icon in the upper left corner.
  3. Navigate to "Settings and Support," followed by "Settings and Privacy."
  4. Select "Security and Account Access."
  5. Opt for the "Security" setting.
  6. Turn on the Passkey option and verify by entering your existing password.

Passkeys are available on many other platforms, apps, and services.

By offering passkeys on a global scale, X has made a significant contribution to enhancing security in the digital realm. Users can now have peace of mind knowing that their personal information is protected, no matter where they are.