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Google Authenticator on a new device

Posted 16 September 2017 - 12:38 PM

I have Google Authenticator on my iphone and I use it to log into various websites. If I get a new phone and download the Google Authenticator app, is there anyway to transfer the existing 2FA's I've setup, to my new phone or do I have log into each website manually using my old phone and rescan each code?

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Re: Google Authenticator on a new device

Posted 16 September 2017 - 12:53 PM

So like this?

https://www.cnet.com...o-a-new-device/
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Re: Google Authenticator on a new device

Posted 16 September 2017 - 03:43 PM

"Switching which phone the Authenticator app is associated with will not invalidate any of your existing application-specific passwords, and does not require any backup codes to complete the transition. It will, however, render the temporary codes on your old device invalid."

So this means when I reinstall the app one my new phone, all the codes will work without me having to rescan them?
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Re: Google Authenticator on a new device

Posted 17 September 2017 - 01:18 AM

It means yes - there are plenty of 'how to' to show what's up with transferring that information.
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Re: Google Authenticator on a new device

Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:52 AM

The way you're going about this is very bad. You should have made backups of the codes when you put them in your phone. If your phone were to die right now you would lose all your accounts. Whenever I get a new authenticator code I write it down. Then I look at what I wrote and enter that into my phone (so I know I didn't write it wrong). You should also keep a third copy offsite.

Your codes are suppose to be kept offline for security. You don't want these codes on the internet at all, because if someone can steal your password why couldn't they steal your authenticator code?

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