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1Password for Android now supports fingerprint unlock

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Update refreshes the app for Material Design

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1Password is getting an update today that a lot of Android users have been waiting for. The app has been given a much more attractive look that's in line with Google's Material Design style, and — perhaps more importantly — it now supports using a fingerprint scanner to log in.

Fingerprint support makes the app much easier to use

Anyone using 1Password on mobile likely knows why fingerprint support is a critical addition: the app may only require that you type in a single password, but typing a long master password on mobile can be a huge pain. Now, you'll be able to lean mostly on a fingerprint scanner, so long as your phone is supported. It'll only work with phones using Marshmallow's fingerprint support, so phones on earlier versions of Android or with custom fingerprint software may not be supported.

The update for 1Password, up to version 6.0, is already available in the Play Store. It also adds in support for sharing passwords with teams. If you aren't already using 1Password (or another password manager), it's absolutely worth taking a look at. The app automatically generates and stores strong passwords for every new service you sign up for, helping to keep your information safe should any one password be compromised. Mobile has made 1Password a bit of a hassle, but fingerprint support should make matters a bit easier.