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How to transfer your Google 2FA Authenticator to a new phone?

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is the way to keep online accounts secure. It is the easiest and most secure way to keep online accounts secure. It works by sending an OTP or code if someone tries to access the account. The account will not log in until enter the code. The 2FA Google Authenticator application does not allow you to log in to the account till you don’t put the secret code.

How to set up two-factor authentication on all your online accounts

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In this article, we will see Google Authenticator. We will also see that there is an easy way to transfer apps to a new phone if you have access to your old one.

Google authenticator allows the user to make a 2FA by using their phone to scan a QR code. The QR code is generated by the app on a separate device. It is a comparatively easy process to move the app to a new phone.

2FA uses security keys that are specially for each piece of hardware. We cannot reinstall google authenticator to the new phone easily. for this you have to transfer keys to the new application.

Transfer Your Authenticators Keys Via Android

If a user has two phones it can transfer accounts to the new phone. This process can be done by exporting them via QR code that is generated by the authenticator. Follow the following pictorial guide.

google authenticator transfer to new phones

Else you can follow the detailed step by step guide to move google authenticator 2FA code to new phones.

  • Open Authenticator on your old phone.
  • Click on the three dots at the right top corner.
  • Select “transfer accounts”.
  • Tap “export accounts “, the user may have to verify the identity via password or fingerprint.
  • Select the accounts you want to transfer and click “Next”.
  • QR code will appear.
  • Go to the new phone do the same steps written above, but select the option “import accounts.
  • The next instructions will appear to import accounts to the new phone.
  • Scan the QR code with your new phone that appears on the old phone.


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