Mobile Phones Android How to Move Google Authenticator to a New Phone Moving Authenticator to a new phone Is easier than you think 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 on July 07, 2020 reviewed by Jessica Kormos Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jessica Kormos is a writer and editor with 15 years' experience writing articles, copy, and UX content for Tecca.com, Rosenfeld Media, and many others. our review board Article reviewed on Apr 13, 2020 Jessica Kormos Android Switching from iOS Tweet Share Email What to Know Google Authenticator lets you use two-factor authentication (2FA) to add another layer of security to online accounts.Authenticator it is attached to the phone you set it up on so when you move to a new phone, you need to move the app, too.If you use Authenticator to log in to specific websites, you might need to repeat the process there or set it up again from scratch. 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 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. 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.