How to Switch Google Authenticator to a New Phone
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If you’re not using Google Authenticator or some sort of two-factor authentication app The Pros and Cons of Two-Factor Authentication Types and Methods The Pros and Cons of Two-Factor Authentication Types and Methods Two-factor authentication methods are not created equal. Some are demonstrably safer and more secure. Here's a look at the most common methods and which ones best meet your individual needs. Read More , you should be. If you’ve opted for Google Authenticator, but have switched to a new phone, switching your phone is not an entirely straightforward task. Here’s what you need to do.

How to Switch Google Authenticator to a New Phone

You’re going to want to do this while the old phone is still in your possession with the Google Authenticator app still installed.

  1. Install the iOS or Android Google Authenticator app on your new phone.
  2. Load the Google Authenticator page in a browser. You’ll be prompted to log in with your Google credentials.
  3. You should see the Authenticator app listed. Click Change phone.How to Switch Google Authenticator to a New Phone Google Authenticator 1 e1518488156496
  4. In the popup window, you’ll be prompted select what kind of new phone you have: Android or iPhone. After you make your selection click Next.How to Switch Google Authenticator to a New Phone Google Authenticator 2
  5. Open up the Google Authenticator app on your new phone and tap Begin setup > Scan barcode.How to Switch Google Authenticator to a New Phone Google Authenticator 3
  6. Once you’ve used your new phone to scan the barcode displayed in your browser, click Next in your browser. You’ll be prompted to enter the authenticator code you see on your phone.
  7. Click Verify.
  8. If you’re using the Google Authenticator for other apps, you’ll need to login to each of those sites separately to remove the old Google Authenticator app and add your new phone, also by scanning the QR code.
  9. You can now go onto your old phone, click the Edit button (pencil icon) and delete the individual authenticator codes, and delete the app.

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  1. Daniel Escasa
    March 16, 2018 at 2:27 am

    My switch was much easier. My previous phone died, just switched itself off and wouldn't power up again, and my favorite repair shop had it for almost a month before we finally gave up. So I ordered a new phone, installed LastPass Authenticator, and all I had to do was scan the QR codes for LastPass (obviously! ) and Google