With phishing scammers constantly coming up with creative ways to fool Gmail users into revealing their passwords, two-factor authentication is an important step to keeping your account safe. But if your Google Authenticator codes suddenly stop working, it might be related to a problem on your phone.
Android users might find that their Google Authenticator codes aren’t working when logging into their accounts. And strangely enough, the problem may actually have to do with Google Authenticator’s time settings.
If you haven’t already set up Google’s Authenticator app, which makes two-factor authentication a little less annoying, you can find out how to do that here.
How to Fix Google Authenticator
All you have to do is make sure your Google Authenticator app’s time is synced correctly. Launch the app, tap the Menu button (three dots), and go to Settings > Time Correction for Codes > Sync now.
You should find that your Authenticator codes work properly after this. Syncing the time in the Google Authenticator app won’t affect the time setting on your phone.
Another handy tip for making sure that Google two-factor authentication always works is to download backup codes to your computer that you can use if you’re having trouble with your phone.
Do you use Google Authenticator codes? Let us know why (or why not) in the comments.
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