How to Move Google Authenticator to a New Phone

Moving Authenticator to a new phone Is easier than you think

What to Know

  • In a desktop browser, open Google's 2FA page > Get Started > Scroll to Authenticator app > Change phone > Pick Android or iPhone.
  • Then, on the phone, open Authenticator, tap Begin setup > Scan barcode, and scan the QR code on the desktop.
  • To finish up, press Next on the desktop. Enter the code from the phone on the desktop, and press Verify.

This article explains how to move Authenticator from one phone to another and provides tips to remember when completing the process.

How to Move Google Authenticator to a New Phone

  1. Install Google Authenticator on your new phone, and sign in to the app using your Google account.

    You can find Google Authenticator for Android in the Playstore and Google Authenticator for iOS in the App Store.

  2. Open the 2FA page on a computer browser.

    The 2-factor authentication page is open on a computer.
  3. Click Get Started in the blue box at the bottom of the screen, and then log in to your Google account.

    The 2-factor authentication webpage is open with a blue box that reads Get Started at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Scroll down until you see Authenticator app. Click change phone.

    The 2-factor authentication page is open with the option to change your phone at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Click either Android or iPhone to choose what type of phone you have. This will display a QR code on your computer screen.

    A screen to set up authenticator on a new phone is displayed asking you to choose what kind of phone you have.
  6. Open the Authenticator app on your phone and tap begin setup.

  7. Tap scan barcode. This will open the camera on your phone. Using the camera scan the barcode. (The barcode will scan automatically when it is inside the target displayed on your phone screen)

  8. On your computer click Next.


    Google Authenticator has a screen with further directions to set up the app on a new phone.
  9. Enter the code displayed within the Authenticator app into your computer.

    The Google Authenticator page on the web asks for the 6 digit code displayed inside the app on your phone.
  10. Click Verify.

Things to Remember

Moving Google Authenticator from your old phone to a new one is a fairly cut and dry process for your Google Account. However, if you use Authenticator to log in to specific websites, you'll need to go to those accounts and repeat the process. This may differ depending on the particular website.

In some cases, you may need to turn off 2FA on these accounts and then set it back up from scratch. You'll be able to see every account that has been switched to your new phone by looking at the app. This will let you know which accounts have switched over and which need to be manually added to your new phone.

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