Internet, Networking, & Security Around the Web How to Move Google Authenticator to a New Phone By Jennifer Karner Writer Jen Karner is a former Lifewire writer and expert on VR and Android phones. Her work has appeared on AndroidCentral, iMore, WindowsCentral and others. our editorial process LinkedIn Jennifer Karner Updated March 02, 2020 Around the Web How to Get a VPN Tweet Share Email Google Authenticator is the go-to app for many people who take advantage of two-factor authenticatio (2FA). 2-factor makes your account safer by adding another layer of security when logging into your accounts online, in order to better protect you from hackers or data theft. However, when you set up Google Authenticator it is attached to the phone you set it upon. When you log in to an account with 2FA you are prompted to input a code from your phone. So when you move to a new phone, you also need to move the Authenticator app. This is a fairly easy process, whether you are using an Android phone or an iPhone. Just remember that Google Authenticator links up specifically to a Google account. This means if you have an Apple device you'll still need a Google account in order to set up 2FA. How to Move Google Authenticator to a New Phone 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. Open the 2FA page on a computer browser. Click Get Started in the blue box at the bottom of the screen, and then log in to your Google account. Scroll down until you see Authenticator app. Click change phone. Click either Android or iPhone to choose what type of phone you have. This will display a QR code on your computer screen. Open the Authenticator app on your phone and tap begin setup. 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) On your computer click Next. Enter the code displayed within the Authenticator app into your computer. 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.