Google has finally made a significant update to its Google Authenticator app on Android and iPhone, introducing the highly-anticipated account synchronization feature.
“We are excited to announce an update to Google Authenticator, across both iOS and Android, which adds the ability to safely backup your one-time codes (also known as one-time passwords or OTPs) to your Google Account,” Google’s Christiaan Brand announced.
“Across all of your online accounts, signing in is the front door to your personal information. It’s also the primary entry point for risks, making it important to protect.”
With this update, users can now backup and sync their accounts across multiple devices, eliminating the need to manually transfer them to each new device.
This new feature brings about an added layer of convenience and security for users, making it easier to access their accounts while ensuring their information is protected.
The update comes after years of user feedback and complaints about the lack of synchronization, and is a welcomed change for many.
How Google Authenticator Account Sync will work
In 2010, Google launched Google Authenticator to cater to the requirement for two-factor authentication (2FA), which adds an extra layer of security to the process of logging into a supported online account like Twitter.
However, the app lacked a vital feature, namely the ability to synchronize one-time password codes. This resulted in each instance of Google Authenticator being an independent solution, and if a user misplaced their phone, it could be challenging to access accounts that were protected by that app.
Now, with this feature, OTPs will be stored in users’ Google accounts if they so desire. When enabled, users will be able to bring up Google Authenticator on any device and access the same codes.
It’s also important to note that it’s also possible to manually transfer codes to another device without signing in to a Google Account.
How to get the new update
To try the new Authenticator with Google Account synchronization, simply update the app and follow the instructions.
In conclusion, the new Account Synchronization feature in Google Authenticator is a game-changer for its users, as it solves a long-standing issue and provides a more streamlined and convenient experience.
It is a welcome addition that will undoubtedly enhance the app’s already high level of security and make it even more indispensable for users looking to safeguard their online accounts.