If you aren’t using Google Authenticator to secure your Google account; you should be. Google Authenticator app generated 2-step verification codes on your phone. However, if you have enabled Google Authenticator but changed your device, then switching the authenticator to it is not a straight-forward work. Here’s how to switch Google Authenticator to a new device.

Switch Google Authenticator to a new device

Before you start, you will still need your old device in your possession with the Google Authenticator app still installed. Now, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download Google Authenticator app on your new device.

Step 2: Got to Google Authenticator page in a browser. Enter your Google credentials when prompted.

Step 3: Find Authenticator app tab. Click on Change phone.

Step 4: You will be prompted to select what phone you have: Android or iPhone. Since this is an Android tutorial, we’ll select Android. However, the switching process is same on both platforms.

Step 5: After you select Android, click on Next.Switch Google Authenticator

Step 6: Now, open the Google Authenticator app on your new device and tap on Begin setup > Scan barcode.

Step 7: Scan the barcode displayed in the browser and then click Next on the browser. You will have to enter the authenticator code that you’ll see on your Android device.Switch Google Authenticator

Step 8: Click on Verify.

Step 9: If you’re using the authenticator for other apps then you need to login to those apps individually and remove the old Authenticator app and add the new device.

Step 10: Now, open the Google Authenticator app on your old device, tap on the edit button and delete the authenticator codes. You can now uninstall the app from your old device.

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