Unlocking with biometrics

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    Unlocking

    After logging into your Bitwarden account using your Master Password and any two-step login (if enabled) - you can leverage your device’s biometrics capabilities to unlock your vault faster.

    These biometric features are part of the built-in security in your device and/or operating system.

    Bitwarden is leveraging native APIs to perform this validation, and as such does not receive any biometrics information from the device.

    Windows

    Supported unlocking options:

    Enabling up Windows Hello

    Supported clients

    • Desktop

    macOS

    Supported unlocking options

    • Touch ID

    Enabling Touch ID on macOS

    Supported clients

    • Desktop

    Android

    Supported unlocking options

    • Fingerprint unlock
    • Face Unlock

    Enabling fingerprint unlock

    Enabling face unlock

    Supported clients

    • Bitwarden on Google Play
    • Bitwarden on FDroid

    iOS

    Supported unlocking options

    • Touch ID
    • Face ID

    Enabling Touch ID on iOS

    Enabling Face ID on iOS

    Supported clients

    • Bitwarden on the App Store

    Enabling Biometrics in Bitwarden

    Mobile Apps

    To enable this in Bitwarden, simply navigate to settings and under the Security section, click enable Face ID, Touch ID, Face Unlock or Fingerprint unlock. The option presented will be based on your device and what biometric security features are available.

    Configuring Face ID and Touch ID in iOS
    Configuring Face ID and Touch ID in iOS

    Desktop Apps

    Enabling the desktop client is performed in much the same way. Navigate to the settings tab and you’ll see the option to enable Windows Hello or Touch ID for unlocking your vault.

    When biometrics are configured and your vault is locked, you will have a new button presented in the desktop application, either “Unlock with Windows Hello”, or “Unlock with Touch ID”. Clicking this button will initiate the unlocking sequence. Alternatively, you can still opt to unlock with your Master Password if you would like.

    Configuring Touch ID in macOS
    Configuring Touch ID in macOS
    Prompt to unlock with Touch ID in macOS
    Prompt to unlock with Touch ID in macOS
    Configuring Hello in Windows
    Configuring Hello in Windows
    Note

    If you do not see the option to enable Windows Hello within the Desktop preferences, you may need to install the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable.

    Prompt to unlock with Windows Hello
    Prompt to unlock with Windows Hello

    Browser Extensions

    Biometrics are not currently supported on our Browser extensions. However, we understand that it is incredibly important and this functionality is on our near-term roadmap.

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