How to Easily Transfer and Back Up Your Google Authenticator on iOS

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Backing up your Google Authenticator account credentials is essential for protecting your data and making sure you never lose access to your accounts. With the iOS version of Google Authenticator, backing up your accounts has never been easier. iCloud makes it possible to back up and restore your accounts easily and securely so that you can keep using the app on different devices without any hassle.

To back up your information using iCloud, first open Google Authenticator on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the menu button at the top-right of the app and choose Transfer Accounts. Choose Export Accounts and select which accounts you’d like to transfer to a new phone. Then go to Settings, select Backup, and turn on iCloud backup. Your account credentials are now backed up to your iCloud account.

Once this is done, you can restore your iPhone or iPad from iCloud with all of your account information intact. To do this, open Google Authenticator again on your device and tap Transfer Accounts once more. Choose Import Accounts to restore everything from iCloud. This makes it easy to sync all of the accounts that you have saved in Google Authenticator between different iOS devices without having to manually re-enter them each time.

Backing up your account credentials with iCloud is a great way to make sure that you never lose access to important accounts due to lost or stolen phones. Whether you’re switching from Android or just getting a new device, this simple process will make it easy for you to keep all of the data associated with Google Authenticator safe and secure in the cloud.

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Does an iPhone Backup Include Google Authenticator?

Yes, if you back up your information using iCloud, you can restore your iPhone or iPad from iCloud and the Google Authenticator app will be available. The iCloud backup will contain the version of the Authenticator app that was used when the backup was created. This means that if you make changes to the Authenticator app after the last backup, those changes won’t be included in the iCloud restore.

Backing Up Your iPhone Authenticator App

Backing up your iPhone’s Authenticator app is easy. To do so, open the Settings app and tap your Apple ID at the top of the page. Then select iCloud > Backup and turn on iCloud Backup. Once enabled, all of your account credentials will be securely backed up to your iCloud account. It’s important to note that only cloud-based authenticators (like Google Authenticator) can be backed up in this way – local (non-cloud) authenticators will have to be manually re-entered if you ever need to restore them.

Does Google Authenticator Backup on iCloud?

No, Google Authenticator does not get backed up in iCloud. The iOS version of the app backs up to iCloud, while the Android version uses a different cloud service for syncing. This means that users will need to manually back up and restore their Authenticator data if they switch between iOS and Android devices.

Recovering Google Authenticator on a New iPhone Without the Old Phone

If you have lost your old phone and are trying to recover Google Authenticator on a new iPhone, unfortunately, there is no way to directly transfer the authentication codes from the old device. You’ll need to disable two-step verification or delete any accounts that require it on the old phone, then re-enable two-step verification on the new device and set up all of your accounts again.

To disable two-step verification on the old phone:
1. Open Settings on your old phone and select “Passwords & Accounts.”
2. Select “Google” from the list of accounts, then tap “Sign Out” at the bottom of the page.
3. Tap “Turn Off” when prompted if you want to turn off two-step verification for this account.

To enable two-step verification for a new iPhone:
1. Install Google Authenticator from the App Store and open it on your new phone.
2. Visit in a web browser, select “Sign in & security”, then select “2-Step Verification” or “Signing in to Google”.
3. Follow the prompts to set up two-factor authentication using Google Authenticator app installed on your new device by scanning a QR code or entering a code provided by Google into the app.
4. Once complete, you will be able to generate codes using Google Authenticator on your new device as needed when logging into any services that require it.

Transferring Google Authenticator to a New iPhone Without the Old Phone

To transfer Google Authenticator to a new iPhone without your old phone, you will first need to deactivate the app on your old device. To do this, open the Google Authenticator app on your old device and select ‘Remove Account’ from the Settings menu. Once that is done, you can install the Google Authenticator app on your new iPhone and log in using your Google Account credentials. You will then be presented with a QR code or secret key that you can use to link the account with the new device. If you are presented with a QR code, simply scan it using your new iPhone’s camera; if you are presented with a secret key, enter it manually into the app. Once it is linked, you will be able to use Google Authenticator to generate two-factor authentication codes for your account on both devices.

Restoring Google Authenticator to a New Phone

If you have access to your old Authenticator, you can easily restore all your accounts to a new device by scanning the QR code with that device. To do this, open the Google Authenticator app on both devices. On the new device, tap the three dots in the top right corner and select ‘Scan Barcode’. Then use your old device’s camera to scan the QR code shown on the new device. This will add all of your accounts to the new phone.

If you’ve lost your old phone and don’t have a backup QR code, unfortunately, there is no way to recover Authenticator on a new phone. Make sure you have a backup copy of your QR code in advance if possible!

Does Restoring a Backup Restore Google Authenticator?

Yes, restoring a backup will generally restore Google Authenticator as well. However, this only applies if the device you are restoring from was previously backed up with the same version of Google Authenticator as you are currently using. This means that if your original device had an older version of Google Authenticator installed, it may not work with the new version. Additionally, if your device is running Android 4.4 or lower, then it is not possible to use Google Authenticator at all.


In conclusion, it is possible to back up Google Authenticator on iOS devices by using iCloud backup. This allows users to transfer their accounts from an old Android phone to a new iOS device. It is important to note that the iOS version of the app backs up to iCloud, while the Android version uses a different cloud service. With this method, users can keep their account credentials secure and easily transfer them between devices.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.