How to move Google Authenticator to your new phone for added security

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Unlike the traditional method of using only a single password,
two-step
authentication
provides greater security for your accounts by
requiring two steps to log into your Google
apps. 

Google
Authenticator
is an app that assists in two-step authentication
for your Google
account, and allows you to use your phone as a second step in
confirming your identity before accessing your account.

If you’ve used Google
Authenticator
before and recently got a new phone, you’ll need
to move the Google Authenticator app to your new phone so that it
can be used for two-step authentication. Follow the steps below to
do so. 

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How to move
Google
Authenticator to your new phone

1. On your new
Android
or
iPhone
, download and install the Google Authenticator app.

How to move Google Authenticator to new phone

2. Using a
PC
or
Mac
, open Google’s webpage for
two-step authentication
and log in. When it becomes an option,
click on “Move to a different phone.”

3. Click on either “Android” or “iPhone” based
on what kind of phone you are using, then click “Continue.” The
next screen should show a barcode or QR code.

4. Open the Google Authenticator app on your
new phone and follow the on-screen instructions. When you are
prompted, tap on “Scan a barcode,” and scan the barcode/QR code
shown on your computer screen.

How to move Google Authenticator to new phone

5. After you scan the barcode, a six-digit code
should appear on the Google Authenticator app. This code changes
every few minutes for security purposes. Type the code into the
corresponding field on your computer and click “Verify.”

How to move Google Authenticator to new phone

Google Authenticator should now be set up on your new phone,
enabling you to use it for two-step account verification. 

 

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How to move Google Authenticator to your new phone for added security