Transfer Google Authenticator accounts: this is how you do it


Google Authenticator is used by many people as an extra security step. It is now also possible to transfer two-step verification codes to another device. This is how it works.

Transfer Google Authenticator accounts: this is how you do it

The Google Authenticator app offers a feature that many users have been waiting for: the option to transfer two-step verification codes to another device. This is handy, because it means you don’t have to re-link all your accounts if you have a new smartphone, for example.

With two-step verification, you put an extra layer of security over your accounts, because you also need a code when logging in, in addition to entering a password.

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From now on you can transfer all your accounts by simply scanning a qr code with your new phone, which will appear on the screen of your old device. You can read how it works below.

  1. Open Google Authenticator on your new smartphone;

    and tap ‘Get started’

  2. Select ‘Import existing accounts’ at the bottom left;
  3. Grab your old Android phone;

    Open the Google Authenticator app and tap the three dots at the top right

  4. Select ‘Transfer accounts’ and then ‘Export accounts’;

    Select the accounts you want to transfer to your new device

  5. Tap ‘Next’;

    With your new smartphone, scan the qr code that appears on the screen of your old device

That was it! Now all your accounts have been imported and you can use Google Authenticator quickly and easily for two-step verification.

More about Google Authenticator

Google Authenticator app now has a modern design and full dark mode, which fits so well with Android 10 and Android 11. You switch on dark mode by tapping the three dots at the top right and then selecting ‘Show in dark mode’.

You can easily download the most recent version of the Google Authenticator app from the Google Play Store via the link below. Do you use Google Authenticator or another app? Let us know in the comments.

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