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Google Authenticator finally, mercifully adds account syncing for two-factor codes

An illustration of the new Google Authenticator logo.
Along with cloud syncing, Google Authenticator is also getting a new logo. | Image: Google

Google Authenticator is adding a long-standing customer request: you can now sync your two-factor authentication codes to your Google account. So when you set up a new phone and log in to your account, Authenticator will be ready to go without requiring its own setup process. This also means that if you lose your phone or it’s stolen, getting back into your accounts from another device will be less of a nerve-racking ordeal.

Cloud syncing has become relatively common across other two-factor tools like Authy, but Google really dragged its feet bringing it to Authenticator, which launched all the way back in 2010.

“One major piece of feedback we’ve heard from users over the years was the complexity in dealing with lost or stolen devices…

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