Yes, the Google Security Key Works with Chromebooks

Google announced a new way of using the Two Factor authentication; Security Key. If you haven’t read about this new feature and device, read more here and come back to this post.

So, I was given one of these last months, and have been using it with my Chromebook since then. Since it is my personal device, I used it only a couple of times, and set it to remember my device.

It worked perfectly fine with my Chromebook, a Series 5 550. I could even do a firmware update using a Chrome extension.

Apart from my Chromebook, I used it once on my work PC to log in to my Google account, and it worked ok, save for the time that it took to install required driver software.

So, if you are planning to use the Security Key, yes, it works on Chromebooks. Need proof? Here is a pic from Craig Tumblison, friend and fellow Chromie.


Don’t ask me how this picture proves that it works with Chromebooks!

0 responses to “Yes, the Google Security Key Works with Chromebooks”

  1. Could you please provide some more information about how you got this device to work with your Gmail account from your Chromebook/Chromebox. I have Googled to find out more about using FIDO based security and nothing goes into any detail about how you set-up the two factor authentication. For example, what do you need to get from Google to make such a device work. You can email me direct if you don’t want to bother posting on this blog.


    • It is not different from the existing 2 step verification feature. If you enable 2 step verification for your account, it shows you an online version of the login screen on your Chromebook, and asks for your access code. Once you enter this and set Google to trust the device, you may not see the prompt again for a while. (I dont know for long this trust is saved). You could use the Google Authenticator app or a one time SMS password as a second layer of security.

      The Security Key replaces the authenticator app or OTP with a physical device. You plug it in, and touch the sensor on it ( I don’t think it is reading the finger prints, but it just needs a touch for it to work).

      When you don’t have the key with you, use the OTP SMS option. Google sends you an sms and you enter that as password. Or, if nothing works, you should have saved those backup codes created while setting up two step verification.

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