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Migrate Google 2FA to a new phone.

souljazk

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I'm trying to migrate the above from Android to Android, but I seem to be going in circles. The old phone has not been formatted yet but I'd like to do so :p

I get to a point on my desktop where I can scan a QR code using my new phone, but any Google 2FA requests still go to my old phone (no simcard as its been moved to my new phone).

Has anyone done this successfully?
 

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I think you must remove/sign out of your google account from your old phone.
 

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I had similar issues transferring 2fa from my old to the new phone. In the end I logged into each site that I had 2fa set up for and just added my new phone as a verified device.
 

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Have look on a desktop browser at account > security > devices. I think you can select there which device to use for 2fa.

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Thanx guys. Got it right in the end by disabling 2FA in each site/app and then reading it. Not a very smooth experience, esp if I think that I won't be able to do this if a phone gets stolen.
 

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Thanx guys. Got it right in the end by disabling 2FA in each site/app and then reading it. Not a very smooth experience, esp if I think that I won't be able to do this if a phone gets stolen.
Definitely dumb.Had to do each site by itself when switching phones this time.

Here's the thing though, when I switched from a Huawei P8 to P20 lite the Huawei phone clone migrated my Google authenticator accross and all the keys worked. I guess it moved whatever files/DBs it read to generate the keys as well.

This time I went to a redmi, I should have tried the Huawei phone clone for fun.
 

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It was a pain in the past moving between phones with Google Authenticator, so I moved all my stuff over to LastPass Authenticator as it has a back up feature, so when I sign into a new phone I can retrieve my 2fa accounts, below quoted from the playstore:

FEATURES
- Generates 6-digit codes every 30 seconds
- Push notifications for one-tap approval
- Optional encrypted backup to restore your tokens on a new/reinstalled device

Worked well for me since I use the LastPass password manager anyway.
 

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I use Authy, it keeps all your 2fa keys connected to your google account. So when you get a new phone you download Authy, login with google, then it has a extra Authy password and then all your accounts are available. Figured this out after having my phone stolen with the standard google authenticator and having to email each site to reset and having to prove my identity. Really sucked when I wanted to access luno etc.
 

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