One of the finest and simplest ways to keep your online accounts secure is to use two-factor authentication 2FA. When someone attempts to access your account, it sends an authentication code to your phone; if the person doesn’t have the code, they (or you) won’t be able to get in. You can prevent someone from gaining access to your data by utilising a two-factor authentication tool like Google Authenticator or Authy. Of course, there’s a catch. Since 2FA relies on a key that is unique to your phone, you won’t be able to just reinstall the app on your new phone and continue. You’ll need to transfer both the phone’s key code and the app itself. In this piece of construct you’ll be learning how to transfer Google Authenticator to new phone.
The simplest option, especially if you use Google Authenticator 2FA with multiple apps, is to transfer your keys from one phone to the other using the Authenticator app’s unique transfer feature. Nevertheless, two conditions are made here: first, that you have access to both the old and new phone, and second, that you are using Android devices. If neither of these assumptions holds true for your scenario, there are other options that we’ll discuss next. But first, let’s look at the simple way.
Transfer Your Authenticator Keys
If you have two Android phones, you can export your accounts using a QR code generated by the Authenticator app and transfer them to a new phone.
- Install Google Authenticator on your new phone.
- Tap “Get started.”
- Tap “Scan a QR code.” You’ll get a grid and instructions to “Place QR code within red lines.”
- Open Google Authenticator on your older phone.
- Tap on the three dots on the top right of the screen and select “Transfer accounts”
- Select “Export accounts.” You may be asked to verify your identity via a fingerprint, password, or another method.
- Uncheck which accounts you don’t want to export. Tap “Next.”
- You’ll be shown a QR code. Center it in the grid in your new phone.
- You should see the imported app now listed in your Google Authenticator app in the new phone. (Note: the app will not be deleted from your old phone.)
Using Your Backup Codes: Method 1
On the part of method 1 to transfer Google Authenticator to new phone, you may be offered a set of backup codes when you first set up Google Authenticator 2FA and prompted to print or save them. And you should definitely save them; print them off and save them safely, or create a PDF and save them somewhere where no one else can access it. If something goes wrong with your phone, these codes will help you re-establish authentication on your new phone – assuming you haven’t misplaced them. This is also how you can get your keys back on a new iPhone.
Even if you skipped that step during the installation, you can still obtain the backup codes. To do so, log into your Google account and then follow the instructions below:
In the left-hand column, select “Security.”
Select “2-Step Verification” from the drop-down menu. You’ll almost certainly be asked to enter your password.
Click “Show Codes” after scrolling down to “Backup Codes.”
You will be given a list of ten codes. Each code can only be used once; if you use them all, click “Show Codes” and then “Acquire New Codes” to get more.
Taking a Screenshot of the Barcode: Method 2
Another way to transfer Google Authenticator to new phone is to take a screenshot of the barcode that is made for each 2FA-secured app and keep it as a backup in case you lose your phone. You can utilise a screenshot of the QR barcode that you originally used to generate your app’s authentication to establish your credentials on a new phone if you’ve misplaced your backup codes.
Simply save the screenshot to your computer, download Google Authenticator on your new phone, then scan the barcode with the app’s plus sign. (If you saved the setup key code, you can also enter it.) You’ll be all set if you do this for each of your apps.