Google Authenticator update brings a major redesign and finally adds the ability to transfer accounts

Google Authenticator update brings a major redesign and finally adds the ability to transfer accounts

Setting up two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the first steps you should take in order to secure any of your accounts on the web. While there are several apps on the Play Store that you can use to set up 2FA, Google Authenticator is inarguably one of the most used apps out of the lot. However, despite its popularity, Google hasn’t updated the app’s design in quite a while. Thankfully, that changes with the latest update for the Google Authenticator app.

According to a recent report from Android Police, Google is now rolling out version 5.10 of the Google Authenticator via the Play Store and the update brings a much-need visual makeover for the app. As you can see in the attached screenshots, the app has received a Material Design 2.0 refresh with a true-black dark theme in tow. The redesign also adapts the app to the aspect rations of newer devices, instead of displaying an unsightly black bar at the bottom.

Along with the redesign, the update also adds a highly-requested feature to the app which will make it easy for you to port your keys over to another device. Up until now, the Google Authenticator app didn’t allow users to move their app’s credentials to another phone, and users had to go through a complex process through their Google account backend to do so.

With the update, the app now has an embedded import/export tool in the overflow menu that you can use to easily transfer your account details to a different device. The feature gives you the ability to select which accounts you want to export and then, after verifying with the device PIN or biometric authentication, displays a QR code that can be scanned by the other device to trigger the import mode.

The update is slowly rolling out via the Play Store and should reach most users in the coming days. In case you don’t wish to wait for the update, you can download Google Authenticator v5.10 from the APK Mirror link below.

Download Google Authenticator v5.10 from APK Mirror

Google Authenticator
Google Authenticator
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Via: Android Police

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Pranob Mehrotra
Pranob Mehrotra

A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.