The latest update to Google Authenticator means the app now integrates with your Google account, so you’ll never lose your login codes again.
Although a multitude of exceptional substitutes for Google Authenticator can be found on the Android platform, it cannot be denied that the Google authentication software possesses a substantial user base. These individuals have opted to utilize this application with the purpose of storing their singular login codes, thereby fortifying the security of their accounts. Nonetheless, a significant hindrance plagued the Authenticator, but fortunately, a solution has just been introduced.
Google has revealed, through their official security-focused blog, the integration of Authenticator with their users’ Google accounts. Consequently, login codes are synchronized among various devices linked to the same account, mitigating the possibility of forfeiting said codes and, subsequently, access to one’s accounts. This feature serves as an effective measure against the perils of device loss or changing mobile devices.
Codes saved in Google Authenticator will be synced between your devices
Thanks to this change, which from today reaches the Google Authenticator app for Android and iOSit will no longer be necessary manually create a backup of verification codes before changing mobile.
Google has explained that, from now on, Authenticator will keep a securely saved backup User verification codes. This is one of the most requested changes over the years, and the truth is that it is striking that Google had not included it before:
One of the main feedback we’ve received from users over the years has been the complexity of devices with Google Authenticator installed being lost or stolen. Since Authenticator one-time codes were only stored on a single device, the loss of that device meant that users lost the ability to sign in to any service where they had set up 2FA using Authenticator.
When upgrading to the latest version of the application, a notification appears indicating that the codes will synchronize across devices linked to the same Google account that have the Google Authenticator application installed. This modification can be considered a positive incentive for individuals who have yet to adopt two-factor verification despite its advantages. Google anticipates enhancing user security with novel initiatives like the deployment of “passkeys” on Android, ChromeOS, and the web.