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Google Authenticator for Android

By Google Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 19, 2014

The free Google Authenticator app generates two-step verification codes on your Android phone or tablet. As you probably know, Google's two-step authentication process requires you to enter your username and password, and then click or enter an authentication delivered to your mobile device via mail, text, voice, or Google Authenticator.

Pros

Learn the two-step: It's easy to use Google Authenticator, but for those users still wondering what "two-step verification" is, a video tutorial, setup wizard, and plenty of clear explanations dispel all mysteries.

Security: Google Authenticator generates new codes every 30 seconds and requires codes when you or anyone else tries to sign in from any other computer. A backup phone number covers your assets.

Code break: To make things easier, you can temporarily suspend code requirements once per session per computer.

Cons

PC required: You must visit accounts.google.com/security on a computer to set up Google Authenticator with your Google account.

Re-entry: You can manually add accounts via QR Code or provider key or tap your Google account to continue setting up your account on your computer, but the process is cumbersome and requires a lot of entering and re-entering of passwords, codes, and so on.

Bottom Line

It's a little different signing in with Google Authenticator, as the app's documentation describes, but it's actually a bit easier and a lot safer than other methods, once you're used to it.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.00

* Adds experimental Security Key (FIDO U2F) support to Chrome

* Authenticator's app preferences will be enabled for backup and restore

General

Release November 10, 2018
Date Added November 10, 2018
Version 5.00

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 8,942
Downloads Last Week 6
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Developer's Description

Google Authenticator generates 2-Step Verification codes on your phone.

2-Step Verification provides stronger security for your Google Account by requiring a second step of verification when you sign in. In addition to your password, you'll also need a code generated by the Google Authenticator app on your phone.

Learn more about 2-Step Verification: https://g.co/2step

Features:

* Generate verification codes without a data connection

* Google Authenticator works with many providers & accounts

* Support for Android Wear

* Dark theme available

* Automatic setup via QR code

Permission notice:

Camera: Needed to add accounts using QR codes

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