How to Transfer Google Authenticator to New iPhone

If you have started using a new iPhone and wish to transfer Google Authenticator to the new iPhone, the following guide should teach you how you can go about doing that on your devices. It teaches all the required steps so read on to learn how.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 28, 2020

Unless you’ve been living under the rock or have never used verification codes, you’d know what Google Authenticator is. It lets you authenticate yourself using the codes it shows on your phone’s display. When you switch from one smartphone to a new iPhone, you will probably want to transfer the Google Authenticator app over to your new iPhone so you can generate verification codes. Moving the app is not as easy as heading to the App Store and downloading and installing the app. It requires some other configuration as well for it to properly work.

Move Google Authenticator to a New iPhone

At the beginning of the guide, we’re sorry to tell you that it is impossible to transfer the codes on your previous phone. You can only set up Google Authenticator on your new iPhone. In order to follow all the steps in the following guide, you are going to need a desktop or a laptop. It will make use of the Google security page which can be accessed properly using a desktop web browser.

Step 1: On your shiny new iPhone, launch the official Apple App Store and download and install the Google Authenticator app.

Step 2: Open a web browser on your computer and head over to the Google homepage. Then, select your account from the top-right corner and click on Google Account.

Choose Google Account on the Google homepage

Choose Google Account on the Google homepage

Step 3: When your Google account page opens, you will see a number of options you can click on. Find the option that says Signing into Google and click on it to open it.

Access Google sign-in options

Access Google sign-in options

Step 4: On the screen that follows, you will see the security settings of your account. Find and click on the option that says 2-Step Verification as that’s where the authenticator settings are located.

Access the 2-step verification settings panel

Access the 2-step verification settings panel

Step 5: You will most likely be asked to confirm your current password. Enter your current password and move forward.

Step 6: On the following screen, you will find various ways you can get a verification code from Google. Click on the option that says Change Phone just beneath the Authenticator app title.

Change Phone for the Google Authenticator app

Change Phone for the Google Authenticator app

Step 7: You will be asked what kind of new phone you have. Select iPhone as you are setting up Google Authenticator on a new iPhone and click on Next.

Set up Google Authenticator on a new iPhone

Set up Google Authenticator on a new iPhone

Step 8: Launch the Google Authenticator app you have installed on your new iPhone, select Set up an account in the app, and then tap on Scan barcode. Scan the barcode shown on your computer using your new iPhone.

Scan barcode in Google Authenticator on the new iPhone

Scan barcode in Google Authenticator on the new iPhone

There you go. You will be asked to enter the code displayed on your new iPhone and you will be all set. That’s the easiest and efficient way to move Google Authenticator to a new iPhone.

Tips for When You Set Up Google Authenticator on a New iPhone

There are a few things you need to keep in mind when you set up the app onto your new iPhone. If you happen to use the Google Authenticator app to log-in to other apps, you will need to re-scan QR codes for each of those using the app on your new iPhone.

Now that the app is set up and is working fine on your new iPhone, you may want to remove the app data on your old phone. Launch the app and remove all the codes. Then, uninstall the app on the old device.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, it’s pretty easy to transfer Google Authenticator over to a new iPhone as all it requires is scanning a QR code and you are good to go. Just make sure to get rid of the app on your old device so nobody can use it anymore.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.