Digital services have become ingrained in people’s day-to-day lives, so it’s important to have a way to have access to them without compromising personal accounts.
Fortunately, password managers were created to address this issue and, in this article, we’re going to look at one of the options available – Samsung Pass!
What Is Samsung Pass?
Samsung Pass is a service that allows you to manage usernames and passwords for faster login to websites and apps in 2023. You can sync information across up to 5 devices and use it with a PIN or biometrics for login using autofill. Since mid 2022, it’s been in the process of getting integrated into Samsung Wallet alongside Samsung Pay.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about Samsung Pass, including how it works, how to use it and more!
Can I Use Samsung Pass on Other Phones?
Unfortunately, you can’t use Samsung Pass on other phones because the company has made it exclusive to the Galaxy brand.
Even on Samsung phones, you’ll still need one that’s running Android 7.0 and above.
How Does Samsung Pass Work?
Samsung Pass works by storing passwords and digital keys on your device so you can access them whenever you need to without remembering them.
It integrates Samsung Knox to store the credentials in an area of the device called the Trust Zone where they’re encrypted and can’t be accessed by third parties.
To access the information, authorize the process using biometrics or a PIN first.
As well, Pass is integrated into the keyboard, so you can still log into sites that don’t support autofill by copying and pasting your credentials.
Additionally, it works with the Samsung Internet app over third-party browsers in order to push more users towards the company’s products.
Note that if you enter biometric data more than 10 times, it will become inactive and you’ll need to go through your Samsung account to get it running again.
How Do You Use Samsung Pass?
To use Samsung Pass, you’ll need to set it up first by following these steps:
- Ensure your device is signed in to your Samsung account then go to “Settings”
- Go to “Biometrics and Security”
- Tap “Samsung Pass”
- Tap “Continue” then sign in with your Samsung account details and hit “Continue”
- Set up your biometric data along with other authentication options like a PIN, password or pattern
After you’ve set it up, you can start visiting websites using Samsung Internet. Log in, and then wait for a prompt asking if you want Pass to remember your credentials.
As well, you can log into other apps and, if they’re supported, you’ll also get the option to save your details.
If you select “Remember,” then you won’t have to enter the information next time; you’ll only need to verify your identity, e.g. via fingerprint or facial scan, and Pass will fill them in for you.
If you change your credentials on a site or app, you’ll need to update them manually in the Pass app by following these steps:
- Open the app and go to “Web sign-in information”
- Find the site or app with the details you want to change and select it
- Edit the information then save it
Note that you can delete saved credentials by going to “Web sign-in information” to find the service then clicking “More,” followed by “Delete.”
In May 2022, Samsung announced that Pass was getting a feature which allows it to act as a digital car key, but it was only released in select markets.
If you want to use the feature, switch to Samsung Wallet instead, which makes it available in the country.
Does Samsung Pass Transfer to New Phones?
Samsung Pass will transfer to a new phone provided you log into the same Samsung account and sync your data across devices.
This is possible since you can use Pass across up to 5 devices at once, but it doesn’t transfer along with other files and settings when using Smart Switch.
Do I Need Samsung Pass?
Whether you need Samsung Pass depends on several different factors, including the following:
- How many login details you need to remember – if you have several and find it hard to keep track of all of them, you might need the service
- Whether you already have a password manager – if you do and it already has most of your credentials, you can stick with it instead of needing to start over
- What features Pass has in your region and how useful they would be to you – for example, people with cars that support digital keys in areas where the feature is available could benefit greatly from it. Otherwise, Wallet would be a more attractive option for most users
What Happens If I Don’t Use Samsung Pass?
Nothing happens if you don’t use Samsung Pass – it’s an optional service and you’re allowed to use an alternative password manager.
If your device came with it preinstalled, you might not be able to uninstall it, but you might have the option to disable it instead.
Where Is Samsung Pass on My Phone?
Samsung Pass should be in the app drawer alongside other apps on your phone. On some devices, you might need to look in the “Samsung” folder of the drawer.
If your device didn’t come with it preinstalled, you can download it from the Galaxy Store. It’s no longer available on the Google Play Store, having been replaced by Wallet.
Samsung Pass is a password manager that allows you to save login details for apps and websites for faster login. All credentials are stored in a separate area of the device using Samsung Knox and can be accessed using biometrics, PIN, password, or pattern.
In mid 2022, it was integrated into Samsung Wallet alongside Samsung Pay, but the standalone app still works. You can sync it across up to 5 devices but you’ll need to log in manually, including when transferring to a new phone.