With 1Password Business, you can bring single sign-on (SSO) authentication to your team members by connecting your identity provider with 1Password using Unlock with SSO and OpenID Connect (OIDC).
Unlock with SSO doesn’t include automated provisioning. If you want to create users and groups, manage access, and suspend 1Password users with your identity provider, learn how to automate provisioning using SCIM.
Before you begin
Before you can set up Unlock with SSO, you’ll need to:
- Use the same email address to sign in to both 1Password and your identity provider.
- Be an administrator in your 1Password Business account. Owners currently cannot unlock with SSO.
- Have administrator privileges in your identity provider.
After you have these prerequisites, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Add a 1Password application to your identity provider
Before you can set up Unlock with SSO in 1Password, you’ll need to create an app integration in your identity provider. Some potential identity providers you can use include:
If your identity provider isn’t listed, consult the provider’s documentation to learn how to create an OpenID Connect app integration. 1Password only supports OpenID Connect-compliant identity providers.
When your identity provider asks you to enter your application redirect URIs, continue to step 2.
Step 2: Configure Unlock with SSO
The changes you make below won’t be saved until you successfully authenticate with your identity provider. This prevents you from locking yourself out of 1Password.
- Open a new browser tab or window and sign in to your account on 1Password.com.
- Click Policies in sidebar, then click Manage under Configure Identity Provider.
- Choose Other from the list of identity providers and click Next.
- Select your identity provider, then fill out the fields with its configuration information.
If your identity provider isn't listed, choose Other.
- Click Next and copy the redirect URIs to the OIDC app integration you created in step 1.
If you need help finding where to enter the URIs in your identity provider, consult your identity provider's documentation.
2.1: Configure required scopes and claims
1Password requires the
sub property. The
sub property value should never change within your identity provider.
1Password also requests the
openid scopes during the authentication request. Your identity provider is expected to interpret these scopes.
For details on configuring scopes and claims, consult your identity provider’s documentation. Learn more about OpenID Connect implementation.
2.2: Test the connection
After you’ve configured your settings, go back to the Unlock 1Password with Identity Provider page and test the connection. You’ll be taken to your identity provider to sign in, then redirected back to 1Password.
Step 3: Specify which team members will unlock 1Password with SSO and set a grace period
After you configure Unlock with SSO, you’ll be redirected to the settings page in your 1Password account. Before you configure your settings, you’ll need to create groups for the team members who will unlock 1Password with SSO:
- Create a custom group.
Give the group a descriptive name, like "SSO", for clarity.
- Add team members to the group.
If you plan to invite additional team members to test Unlock with SSO at a later date, create a new custom group for each additional set of testers.
The group(s) you create don’t have to be permanent, and you can eventually set your whole team to unlock with SSO once some groups have successfully migrated.
3.1: Choose who will unlock with SSO
Users in the owners group can’t unlock with SSO and will continue to sign in to 1Password using their account password and Secret Key. This helps safeguard them from being locked out in the event that they can’t access their trusted devices and no one can recover them.
Learn more about implementing a recovery plan for your team.
By default, “People unlocking 1Password with an identity provider” is set to “No one”. This allows you to gradually migrate your team to unlock with SSO. To specify which team members will unlock 1Password with SSO, select one of the options:
- No one: To turn off Unlock with SSO, select No one.
- Selected groups (recommended): Only the team members in groups you choose will sign in with SSO. Learn how to use custom groups in 1Password Business.
- Everyone except guests: All team members, except owners and guests, will sign in with your identity provider. All existing users will be prompted to switch to Unlock with SSO, and all new users will use their identity provider username and password when joining 1Password. Guests and owners will sign in with an account password and Secret Key.
- Everyone (not recommended): Guests and all team members, except owners, will sign in with your identity provider. All existing users will be prompted to switch to Unlock with SSO, and all new users will use their identity provider username and password when joining 1Password.
3.2: Set a grace period
Team members who already have 1Password accounts will need to switch to unlock with SSO. Specify the number of days before team members must switch. Consider the following when you set the grace period:
- By default, the grace period is set to 5 days. It can be set to 1 to 30 days.
- The grace period begins when an administrator adds a group after they choose the Selected groups option or when an administrator configures Unlock with SSO for everyone on the team. You’ll see the grace period listed next to each group configured to unlock with SSO.
- If you plan to have more team members unlock with SSO after initial configuration, it’s best to create a new custom group with its own grace period. This will make sure newly assigned team members won’t need their accounts recovered.
- If a team member is part of several groups with different grace periods, the grace period for the initial SSO group is used.
- If you add a user to a group with an expired grace period, you or another administrator will need to recover their account so they can set up unlock with SSO.
If a team member doesn’t migrate to Unlock with SSO before the end of the grace period, they’ll be signed out of all their devices and must contact an administrator to recover their account.
To manage your settings, sign in to your account on 1Password.com, then click Policies in the sidebar. Click Manage under Configure Identity Provider.
To change your configuration with your identity provider, click Edit Configuration, then follow the onscreen instructions to set up Unlock with SSO. You can only set up one identity provider to unlock with SSO.
You can only save an identity provider configuration after you've successfully tested the connection. Changes won't be saved if you can't successfully authenticate with your identity provider. This prevents locking yourself out of 1Password.
People assignments and biometrics
Click Edit at the bottom of the settings page to change which users are assigned to unlock 1Password with SSO.
- To specify which team members will unlock 1Password with SSO, select No one, Selected groups, Everyone except guests, or Everyone.
"Selected groups" is recommended. Learn how to use custom groups in 1Password Business. To turn off Unlock with SSO, select No one.
- Specify the number of days before team members must switch to unlocking with SSO.
The default grace period is 5 days. If a team member doesn't migrate to Unlock with SSO before the end of the grace period, they must contact their administrator to recover their account.
- To allow team members to unlock with Touch ID, Face ID, Windows Hello, and other biometrics, select Allow people to unlock 1Password using biometrics. Specify the number of days or weeks before they’ll be asked to sign in to your identity provider again.
When biometric unlock is turned on, your team members can access 1Password while offline, until the time period specified. Vault access will be online-only after the elapsed period.
Click Review Changes to verify your choices, then click Save.
To use Unlock with SSO yourself, get started with Unlock 1Password with SSO as a team member.
If your IT team has a policy that clears browsing data when a browser is closed, exclude your team’s sign-in address from that policy to make sure your team members won’t lose access to their trusted device.
You can also encourage your team to set up other trusted devices, like the 1Password desktop app, after they sign up or switch to unlock with SSO.
Refer to your identity provider documentation to find your OpenID Connect well-known URL. It may follow one of the following formats:
If a team member is moved from a group that unlocks with SSO to one that doesn’t, they’ll be prompted to create an account password and download their Emergency Kit.
If you change a user’s email address in your identity provider and they can no longer sign in with SSO, suspend and reactivate their account in 1Password.