Hi Mi Fans!
Autofill is a feature comes with Android Oreo that makes benefits to users since it makes it super easy for peoples. It pushes the stored information like entering usernames and passwords in apps that support them, credit card no, addresses, credentials etc. and fill up the relative information fields? Oreo introduces one such feature extending the same capability with Autofill Framework, allowing apps to create and maintain their own list of auto-fill data and then populate it when required.
But here let us know, how does it work? And why should you use it? Here we start!
What is Autofill?
When you load a new phone, there are often dozens of apps to log into, requiring you to remember your unique username and password for each. Google has, for a long time, provided its own password manager, which securely (but not that securely) stores that information in a database in its cloud. The database is mainly used for web pages, but it also works inside apps that use Google's WebView. The notion of automatically filling in usernames and passwords for websites and apps is called Autofill.
You can change setting from the ‘Autofill service’ in Languages & input in settings. Currently, Google's service is the only option until other apps start taking advantage of this feature. It already uses passwords saved using Smart Lock in Chrome.
How does it work?
If you're already a password manager user, setting up Autofill in Oreo is fairly easy. By default, the system chooses Google's own solution, but it's very easy to switch to your own once the app is installed.
1. Tap on Languages, inputs & gestures.
2. Expand the Advanced menu by tapping on it.
3. Select Autofill services.
Right now, there are only a handful of popular cross-platform services that support Autofill on Oreo:
4. Download and install a supported password manager. (We're using 1Password here as our example).
Some, like 1Password, is still in beta, while others are available in the public build. Either way, they're really easy to set up and use.
5. Select your service.
6. Now, open an app and, when prompted, tap Autofill with 1Password.
7. Authenticate yourself using a fingerprint or password.
8. Log in to the app.
That's it! Now your Autofill prompt will automatically ask you to enter your credentials using a password manager whenever it detects a compatible app.
Right now, the Autofill API may have any bugs and not every app will prompt you to use the service in every instance. For example, Twitter, which supports Autofill very well, sometimes just forgets it exists and I have to close the app and re-open it for the prompt to appear.
Autofill feature is that if you have a new username or password, or haven't logged it into your favourite password manager, once you do so for the first time, the app should prompt you to save the information into the default manager.
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