Android autofill - Edge vs Authenticator, and manual password entry?

Hrvoje Kusulja 126 Reputation points MVP
2022-03-11T18:12:01.7+00:00

Hello,

I am planning to switch on my Android from Google or from LastPass, to use Microsoft Authenticator app or Edge browser for Autofill provider (also known as password manager).

I have tested both Android apps from Microsoft and logged in with my only private Microsoft Account and both are working, synchronizing and entering data.

I have questions:

  1. What is the difference in Authenticator and Edge as autofill provider? What is newer, and has a future inside Microsoft? (Regarding features, support, and other perspective)
  2. How can I manually create a new password entry via Android , via Edge or Authenticator apps?
  3. Is there a plan for other secure data storage (like LastPass has - "Notes"), where I can put my bank card PIN or office door pin. (such a secrets normally do not have a URL, but sometimes have several secret data fields for entry/store)
  4. Is there a difference (in storage?) for Edge and Edge Dev, both recent Android apps from Google Play Store, when logged in with same Microsoft account, about syncing passwords, addresses etc. ?

Thank you,

Kind regards

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  1. XuDong Peng-MSFT 10,176 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2022-03-14T08:52:47.977+00:00

    Hi @Hrvoje Kusulja ,

    What is the difference in Authenticator and Edge as autofill provider? What is newer, and has a future inside Microsoft? (Regarding features, support, and other perspective)

    I don't know much about the Microsoft Authenticator app, and according to its configuration description, I see that its autofill function only works on passwords for a specific app or site. It looks like the features are more complete in Edge, but I think they may have been designed for different reasons, so I can't say which one is better, it all depends on the user's needs.

    How can I manually create a new password entry via Android , via Edge or Authenticator apps?

    As far as I know, none of them can manually create passwords, the only thing you can do is import password data from elsewhere,such as chrome or CSV file.

    Is there a plan for other secure data storage (like LastPass has - "Notes"), where I can put my bank card PIN or office door pin. (such a secrets normally do not have a URL, but sometimes have several secret data fields for entry/store)

    If you do need this feature in Edge, you can send your suggestion to the relevant team, just press shift + alt + i and edit the suggestion to send it.

    Is there a difference (in storage?) for Edge and Edge Dev, both recent Android apps from Google Play Store, when logged in with same Microsoft account, about syncing passwords, addresses etc. ?

    As far as I know, there is no difference in how they are stored, as long as you enable sync, all devices logged into the same account will be able to get sync data.

    Regards,
    Xudong Peng


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