How to Transfer Google Authenticator Account to Your New iPhone

How to Transfer Google Authenticator Account to a New iPhone

Thanks to features like Quick Start/On-Device Migration and iCloud backup, setting up a new iPhone has become a breeze. So, you can transfer apps and data securely from one iOS device to the other. However, if you use the Google Authenticator app to sign in to your Google Accounts, you may probably know that the process to transfer a Google Authenticator account to a new iPhone isn’t that straightforward. It is because the iPhone app does not offer the option to migrate Google Authenticator codes between iOS devices. But bother not, we have got you covered with the quick guide.

Transfer Google Authenticator Codes Between iPhones

So, what do you need to transfer your Google Authenticator codes between iOS devices? Well, you need a computer and the iOS app installed on your iPhone. Besides, make sure to keep the app installed on your old iPhone until you have successfully migrated your Authenticator codes to the new device. With that said, let’s get started with the quick steps!

1.To get going, make sure you have installed the Google Authenticator app (free) on your iOS device if you haven’t already. Also, make sure to set it up beforehand (Go to Google Account -> Security -> 2-Step Verification -> In the “Add more second steps to verify it’s you” section, tap on the Setup option located under “Authenticator app”.

After that, open a browser on your computer and head over to Google’s two-step verification webpage on your computer.

2. Now, click on Get Started. 

Click on Get Started

3. Next, enter the Google account password and hit Next.

Enter Google Account password

4. Now, locate the CHANGE PHONE option Under the Authenticator app section and click on it.

Click on Change Phone option

5. Next up, choose iPhone and click on Next against.

Choose iPhone6. Now, open the Authenticator app on your iPhone and hit the “+” button at the top right corner of the screen.

Click on the plus button

7. Next, tap on the Scan Barcode option in the popup that shows up from the bottom. Then, use your device camera to scan the barcode on Google’s 2-step verification website.

Now, make sure to Scan barcode

Scan barcode on Google's website

8. Finally, enter the six-digit passcode shown in the app into the dialog box of the website.

Transger Authenticator code to your new iPhone

Transfer Google Authenticator Codes Between iOS Devices

That’s all there is to it! I hope you have successfully migrated your Google Authenticator codes to the new iOS device. Though it would be better if the iOS app could allow you to transfer codes on its own, you can count on the above-explained steps to work reliably.

Google Authenticator app offers an extra layer of safeguard (2FA) to your Google accounts by letting you sign in securely through the randomly generated six-digit code. Needless to say, it’s more secure than the verification done through SMS codes. What do you think of Authenticator? Feel free to shoot your feedback in the comments below.


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  4. So that only sets up the Google Account? What about a function that transfers ALL your authenticator codes?? Pointless article… You basically just offered the ‘manual’ steps required that anybody can use via their Google account. Share a method that actually transfers all authenticator codes and maybe people will find you useful?

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