Google Updates Authenticator for Touch ID and Face ID

iOS users now can require Privacy Screen to display codes

Google has updated its Authenticator app for iOS devices to include a Privacy Screen setting, which will allow you to require Touch ID or Face ID to access two-factor authentication codes.

The newest Google Authenticator update, version 3.2.0 of the iOS app, has added a feature called Privacy Screen that makes revealing authentication codes even more secure. By setting up the Privacy Screen option you'll be able to require the app to verify your identity via Touch ID or Face ID before it will display your two-factor authentication codes.

Google Authenticator is open on an iPhone held in a pale hand.

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As MacRumors points out, you previously needed to use Touch ID or Face ID in order to export accounts, however, it was not an option for simply displaying your 2FA codes in the app. The new Privacy Screen option can be set to require an ID check immediately, or after 10 seconds, 1 minute, or 10 minutes.

There is some conjecture about whether this update will be enough to satisfy iOS users, due to the recent news that Apple will be including a built-in multi-factor authenticator with iOS 15.

Google Authenticator menus


With iOS 15's password settings reportedly auto-filling the generated codes whenever you log in, there might not be a need to use a separate app anymore.

Some users also have noted that this functionality is arriving a bit behind Google's competitors. In response to the news, MysticalOS wroteon Twitter, "too little too late.. it took them too long to even add device transfer and now this? Microsoft authenticator had both ages ago."

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