Sign into Bitwarden with a Passkey (Google, Apple, Microsoft)

With iOS 15.4 it appears there is support for the new “passwordless” spec that Apple, Google and Microsoft are promoting. When I try WebAuthn from Mac Safari, one of the options is “iPhone, iPad or Android Device (Use passkey from a device with a camera)”. This would be a fantastic replacement for physical Yubico keys I think.

When I follow the process, it shows me a QR Code which I scan from my phone, which then leads to a popup that says that there are no passkeys for in my iCloud Keychain.

Any idea when this will be available?

Edit: Supporting passkeys | Apple Developer Documentation


This is getting more important now that Apple has shown it again during this year’s WWDC and more companies really putting their weight behind it. I will have to look into account recovery of this feature some more, because I don’t want my iPhone to be a single point of failure, potentially locking me out of all accounts. But I’m generally wondering how bitwarden’s role might evolve in a passwordless future. Would be interesting to get your thoughts on it @kspearrin


+1, using bitwarden with bitwarden_rs makes my password manager ecosystem free of centralized cloud solutions, and i’d like to keep it that way.

What’d be interesting is how open Google and Microsoft will be with this implementation, and if it means that bitwarden needs to position itself more to a system level, rather than an extension level, or (like enpass) link the two together.

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Thanks for the feedback everyone! Here is a recent post from the Bitwarden team:

rest assured that Bitwarden is firmly committed to the FIDO Alliance (going on our 3rd year as a member) and developing FIDO2/WebAuthn functionality beyond the use cases in place now. the ideas and suggestions are welcome, Bitwarden remains active in this area, and we look forward to more ahead!


Hi @rotor,

Is this request is about supporting the storage of Passkeys, which are simply FIDO2/WebAuthn keys under the hood, within the Bitwarden vault? If so it may be a duplicate of

Or are you more so asking to login to your Bitwarden Vault with the use of a Passkey, in place of a Yubikey for passwordless login to your vault?

This one. Being able to authenticate to BitWarden with my iPhone/iPad/Mac (instead of a YubiKey/Cisco Duo) seems pretty nifty. I don’t know what the security implications are though.

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Thanks for the feedback @rotor, currently you can use a passkey as 2FA (FIDO2 WebAuthn) on iOS for example (the team is still working on making the web vault mobile friendly).

The team is definitely tuned into passkey support, so expect more to come!

Two-step login using FIDO2 WebAuthn authenticators is available for premium users, including members of paid organizations (families, teams, or enterprise).

Any FIDO2 WebAuthn Certified authenticator can be used, including security keys such as YubiKeys, SoloKeys, and Nitrokeys, as well as native biometrics options like Windows Hello and Touch ID.


I’ve been really happy with the WebAuthn option in Bitwarden. Unfortunately, the description is not as user-friendly as it could be. The ability to use any of the Windows Hello options is not clearly explained to users. When setting up a new WebAuthn key, Bitwarden asks the user for a “security key,” which usually indicates a hardware token.

I believe that a choice may have been made here in an attempt to save users from themselves from setting up a WebAuthn key that’s not portable like a Yubikey. In order to change the language here, Bitwarden needs to expand support for the “Log in with device” option to include any device where the user has signed into their Bitwarden account including desktop and web vaults.

Will this be part of the plan in Bitwarden’s implementation of Passkey support?

Pioneering an extended multi-master key SQRL , that’s what I’d love seeing Bitwarden do. Better than these platform-bound “passkeys”.

Hey @seanchristians passkey standards are still in development and product support and terminology around this will change overtime as things solidify.

Pinging the OP here, @rotor

Could you confirm the request here a bit?
As far as I understand, you are requesting to Log in to your account with the use of a Passkey (which as discussed is just WebAuthn under the hood so adding this would also allow Log in with a Yubikey or the like) which would allow for a seamless and Passwordless Login experience similar to the current Log in with Device feature available.

Otherwise, as mentioned current Apple, Google, and Microsoft Passkeys would be supported as a premium 2FA method that can be used with your Master Password on Log in in place of a YubiKey, or in conjunction with as you can have up to 5 associated within your account.

I would really love to have passwordless login to my Bitwarden vault using passkeys, and for it to be available across all Bitwarden apps/extensions.

Bitwarden has been very inconsistent in how it allows me to unlock each of these recently.

I use the iPhone app, macOS desktop application, and extensions for Safari, Chrome and Firefox on Mac. Face ID configured on the phone, Touch ID on the Mac. (Also the Firefox extension on Linux.)

Just this morning, the extensions had locked in Safari and Firefox even though the browsers had not been restarted. Firefox worked with Touch ID (via the desktop application). Safari did not. It gave me the option to “log in with device”, so I used that (with my phone). It was anything but a passwordless login experience. Instead of allowing me to unlock Bitwarden using Face ID to approve the login, I had to type in my password. I could have just done that in the extension on my Mac with a real keyboard.

A few days ago, I completely wiped Firefox and profile data from my laptop and reinstalled it. Logging back into the Bitwarden extension, it did not give me the “log in with device” option, and I had to log in before I could configure it to connect to the desktop app to unlock with touch ID.

So for touch ID on Mac with Safari and other browsers, currently I think you have to be logged in. So you can have the extension locked after some time period, but it should remain logged in. At least that how it is for me. I am not sure why the log in with device didn’t work with FaceID on iPhone as I don’t have an iPhone.

I think here it might be useful to see how the log in with device works under the hood. I am not sure exactly how it works, but based on the Help Center documentation and some educated guesses my theory is the following.

When you log in to a Bitwarden extension for the first time, I suspect that it creates an access code that is stored in the extension storage as well as Bitwarden’s database. Now say that after the first time you log in, you want to use log in with device. In the documentation, it says the access code is used to authenticate the initiating client (i.e. the browser extension) with Bitwarden. So based on that we can reasonably guess that if you wipe your Firefox profile, it won’t be able to authenticate you because you don’t have an access code that matches the code in Bitwarden’s server.

Again, these are my guesses.

A small update. Lately, the browser extensions have more consistently worked well on my Mac to unlock using Touch ID via the standalone app.

On my phone, though, several times recently I’ve been asked to use my password to unlock my vault (unlock, not log in) when opening the app, when it should be using Face ID. The crazy thing is that at the same time, I can use the iOS autofill password mechanism to fill in a password on that form from Bitwarden itself, and that mechanism uses Face ID to unlock the vault.

Really, this is a bug, and adding the feature to be able to both log into and unlock a vault using a passkey won’t mean there won’t be bugs with log in and unlock in the future, but it would help a lot with the consistency of the experience. If the regular “unlock with Face ID” fails, then maybe at least I’d be able to unlock via passkey, which is a similar mechanic and almost as easy.

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Is this still scheduled for an October release? (Both BW signin as well as using it for other websites?)

Hi @southerndoc! More will be coming soon late October. You may also want to sign up for the Bitwarden and Passkeys event Nov 9 Bitwarden Events | Bitwarden

Any ETA on this feature? It has been 5 months since the Youtube demo was released.

Yet it’s been only two weeks since passkey support was released. And Bitwarden has always said that passwordless login for signing in to Bitwarden will come “shortly after” release of the passkey storage feature.

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I finally got the beta and was so excited until I found out that after using the Passkey it makes you type in your master password… WHAT THE HELL GUYS?

Bitwarden can’t be blamed for this, as the fault lies with browser vendors who are slow to implement the newest FIDO2 standards (PRF extensions, in this case). You can use passkeys for true passwordless login into Bitwarden if (and only if) you use a PRF-capable browser — which as of today includes only Chromium-based browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Brave, Opera, Vivaldi, etc.).