Google Updates Authenticator App Ahead of iOS 15's Upcoming Built-in Code Generator

Google has updated its 2FA Authenticator app for iOS with a new privacy feature that lets users require Face ID or Touch ID before displaying two-factor account authentication codes.

google authenticator app
Previously, fingerprint or facial authentication was only required when exporting accounts. Now though, upon activating Google's Privacy Screen feature in v3.2.0 of the app, Face ID or ‌Touch ID‌ is needed in order to show newly generated codes.

The authentication requirement can be set to show immediately, after 10 seconds, 1 minute, or 10 minutes. In addition, Google has added a search bar to the top of the app interface to let users search for accounts.

Google Authenticator's previous update introduced a dark mode and the aforementioned account transfer feature. However, the latest improvements are likely to be seen by many Apple device users as verging on the redundant, following the news earlier this month that iOS 15 will include a built-in password authenticator.

When Apple releases ‌iOS 15‌ in the fall, iPhone and iPad users will be able to natively generate 2FA verification codes for additional sign-in security, so there will be no need for a separate app.

Apple says that you'll be able to set up verification codes under Passwords in the Settings app. And once set up, the codes will autofill when you sign into a site, making the use of two-factor authentication a more streamlined experience than using a third-party method. This feature will be available on ‌‌iOS 15‌‌, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey.

Top Rated Comments

Marshall73 Avatar
17 weeks ago
Why wouldn’t Google update their app? Seems a bit of a clickbait title.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
psuchari Avatar
17 weeks ago

There's no way. You need to:

* Disable 2FA using the old app.
* Re-enable 2FA using the new app.

The generated codes are tied to your unique hardware, and each app will use a different algorithm.

If the codes were transferrable, that would make them far less secure. Someone could steal your "profile" and have working codes for all of your accounts on their device. But instead, your device is the only one that will generate the correct codes. That's why it's secure.
Not really. It’s just the seed key and time based. If you saved the QR code when you set up the account, you can readd it
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cupcakes2000 Avatar
17 weeks ago
What a weird headline. Just because Apple introduce something everyone should stop updating similar software? Talk about trying to create a story out of nothing. Clickbait or what. Say it for what it is:
FRONT PAGE NEWS - GOOGLE UPDATES APP.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jgbr Avatar
17 weeks ago
because some of us want a fully independent 2FA app, that we can do a lot more with, in an application not buried or inherently tied to one browser or system.?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coolfactor Avatar
17 weeks ago

I wonder how easy it'll be to migrate from, say, Authy to the native 2FA app.
There's no way. You need to:

* Disable 2FA using the old app.
* Re-enable 2FA using the new app.

The generated codes are tied to your unique hardware, and each app will use a different algorithm.

If the codes were transferrable, that would make them far less secure. Someone could steal your "profile" and have working codes for all of your accounts on their device. But instead, your device is the only one that will generate the correct codes. That's why it's secure.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cube4ever Avatar
17 weeks ago
I wonder how easy it'll be to migrate from, say, Authy to the native 2FA app.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

google authenticator

iOS 15 Includes Built-In Password Authenticator With Autofill, Replacing Google Authenticator and Authy

Monday June 7, 2021 12:35 pm PDT by
There are a slew of new features in iOS 15, so many in fact that Apple did not have time to cover all of them during today's keynote event. One of these new features is a built-in authenticator that will let iOS devices be used to generate verification codes for additional sign-in security. Right now, app-based two-factor authentication is handled by third-party apps like Authy and Google ...
tvos face id signin screen

With tvOS 15, You Can Sign Into Apps Using Face ID or Touch ID on Your iPhone

Tuesday June 8, 2021 10:30 am PDT by
In tvOS 15, Apple has simplified the process of entering a login and password with a connected iPhone by allowing for Face ID and Touch ID to be used for authentication purposes. Developers will be able to implement a new tvOS feature that enables Face ID or Touch ID integration for authenticating purchases and signing into apps. You'll see a new "Sign in With Apple Device" option when...
under display touch id

iPhone 13 Missing Out on Key Feature, Some People Refuse to Upgrade

Monday September 13, 2021 1:00 am PDT by
Apple's iPhone 13 lineup continues to lack a fingerprint scanner, despite initial rumors that the new models would feature under-display Touch ID technology. All of the flagship iPhone models since the launch of the iPhone X in 2017 have forgone a fingerprint scanner in favor of Face ID authentication. Almost four years later, there was speculation that the iPhone 13 might finally bring the...
google authenticator app

Google Authenticator iOS App Gains New Export Accounts Option

Thursday December 3, 2020 2:03 am PST by
Google has updated its 2FA Authenticator app for iOS with a new account transfer feature that makes it much easier to transfer two-factor authentication codes to a new iPhone. 2FA adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts by requiring a randomly generated six-digit code after you've entered your password. Google's app generates codes for your accounts on the fly, but until now...
iPhone 13 Face ID

iOS 15 Includes Improved Face ID Anti-Spoofing Models and Other Vulnerability Fixes

Monday September 20, 2021 12:50 pm PDT by
The iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 updates that were released today add improved anti-spoofing models for Face ID, further improving the security of facial recognition on the iPhone X and later and the iPad Pro models. According to Apple's security support document for the updates, there was a Face ID vulnerability that could allow a Face ID iPhone to be unlocked and authenticated using a 3D model...
Google apps isolated

Google Apps for iOS to Switch to UIKit After Decade of Material Design

Monday October 11, 2021 7:20 am PDT by
Google is winding down its Material Design custom UI for iOS apps to switch to pure UIKit, according to Google's design chief for Apple platforms Jeff Verkoeyen. Google's suite of apps for iOS and iPadOS, including Gmail, Google Maps, Google Photos, Google Drive, and YouTube, have used custom user interfaces that mirror the experience on Android for almost a decade. The purpose of these...
apple passkey

Apple Aiming to Eliminate Passwords With Face ID/Touch ID Passkeys

Thursday June 10, 2021 1:34 pm PDT by
Apple is developing a new passkey feature that will allow customers to use Face ID and Touch ID-based account authentication in lieu of a password, Apple engineer Garrett Davidson explained today in a WWDC developer session (via CNET). "Passkeys in iCloud Keychain," a feature in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, stores a new WebAuthn credential called a passkey in iCloud keychain. It's used instead ...
iPhone 12 Touch ID Feature Img

Touch ID Not Returning With iPhone 13, Despite Apple Testing Under-Screen Sensor

Monday August 23, 2021 3:14 am PDT by
Despite having tested and worked on the technology, Apple has decided not to include an under-screen Touch ID sensor with the upcoming iPhone 13, continuing to leave customers with Face ID as the only biometric authentication option for the iPhone. Apple had been testing Touch ID technology that would have allowed the company to place the sensor under the display on the iPhone, allowing...
apple wallet drivers license feature

Florida Plans to Join These U.S. States That Will Let You Add Your Driver's License to Your iPhone

Thursday October 14, 2021 8:22 am PDT by
Florida plans to make a digital ID app available to residents on the App Store in mid-November, and the state is working with Apple to also make the digital IDs available in the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch, according to Florida Politics. Last month, Apple revealed the first U.S. states that will be rolling out the ability for residents to add their driver's license or state ID...
under display touch id

Kuo: iPhones With Under-Screen Touch ID Now Coming in 2023, Foldable iPhone in 2024

Monday September 20, 2021 8:52 am PDT by
In addition to claiming that iPhone 14 Pro models will feature a hole-punch display design and a 48-megapixel Wide lens for the rear camera system, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outlined his expectations for future iPhones beyond that. In a research note seen by MacRumors, Kuo said that while he previously predicted that Apple would launch its first iPhones with under-screen Touch ID in the...