The Google Authenticator app has received its first update in three years, adding an important and useful capability. You can easily transfer the account – with the associated qr codes – to another smartphone. You don’t have to manually remove and add the accounts first.
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Google Authenticator is a good app to set up two-step verification. But as soon as you have another smartphone, it is quite a process to bring the extra layer of security to your new device. Previously, you had to disable and remove the two-step verification and then reactivate and add it on your new smartphone. But that is now a thing of the past. This does not go online, but via an import / export tool that works with one qr code. If you scan that can within the app on your new phone, you have all your accounts.
A competing app like Authy has similar functionality, so it’s nice to see that Google Authenticator now has this feature too. Furthermore, the update also brings other changes with it. The app supports screens with an aspect ratio of 16: 9 and has a dark mode for people with and without an OLED screen. Moreover, Google is also implementing the Material Design here, which makes the app feel a lot more modern. The Android app has now been updated; iOS users have to wait even longer.
You can download it from here.