Google Authenticator Update Makes It Way Easier to Transfer Accounts to a New Device

Picture: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)The Google Authenticator has lengthy been a useful gizmo on the subject of including two-step verification to your accounts. However now, due to its first replace since April 2019, Google has simply made it approach simpler to securely migrate 2SV codes from one gadget to a different.Alongside its new account transferring characteristic, the most recent model of the Google Authenticator (model 5.10) contains an up to date UI with an added elective darkish theme and a brand new menu possibility that will help you migrate your credentials to a brand new gadget. Beforehand, any time you switched to a brand new telephone or pill, the Google Authenticator would drive you to individually unlink saved accounts in your present gadget, earlier than manually including your accounts again into the Google Authenticator app in your new gadget. Even for those that don’t want to modify between a number of telephones or tablets usually, this was usually tedious or complicated, and it shortly grew to become an actual chore for anybody juggling a number of gadgets. Right here’s a GIF from Google exhibiting the brand new account switch course of. Gif: GoogleHowever, within the new model of the Google Authenticator app, transferring 2SV codes from one gadget to a different is so simple as choosing the export menu possibility in your authentic gadget (which shows a QR code in your display screen), choosing import in your new gadget, and utilizing your new gadget’s digicam to scan in that QR code. Moreover, to verify the account switch course of is as safe as attainable, Google says that when migrating your accounts to a brand new gadget, no knowledge is distributed to any outdoors servers (together with Google servers) as communication occurs straight between the 2 gadgets. Whereas the most recent updates to the Google Authenticator are largely enhancements to its ease of use, with digital safety changing into an even bigger concern daily, something to assist encourage individuals to allow two-step verification (which everybody ought to be utilizing every time attainable) is an efficient factor. The brand new model of the Google Authenticator is rolling out now by way of the Google Play Retailer, so should you haven’t already obtained the replace, it ought to hit your gadget someday within the subsequent week or so. The draw back to all that is that not less than for now, transferring accounts straight between gadgets utilizing the Google Authenticator solely works on Android. Sorry, iOS of us.