Google Authenticator is an app, or you can also call it a feature with the help of which you can make your google account, social media account (like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, telegram, etc.) safe and secure.
In today’s article, we will know what is google authenticator? How does google authenticator work? And what is the benefit of google authenticator? We will give you complete information about this.
By the way, there are many features with the help of which we can make our google account safe. But even after enabling those features, there is a fear of our account being hacked. But with the help of google authenticator or google 2-step verification, our account becomes very safe and secure.
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What is Google Authenticator?
It is an authentication-like software. It is a Google product, which was developed by google company in 2010. By enabling 2-step verification, we get a notification through email when we log in that id to another device or web browser.
Sometimes it takes time for mail to arrive because we cannot log in from our account on any other device soon. That is why google authenticator software has been developed. With the help of this google authentication feature, you can scan the barcode and login into your account on another device.
Google Authenticator is a security-based application where 2 step factor feature works. When you log in, a code is generated in this app. And with the help of this, they are able to log in.
So let’s unknown how to secure your account using the google authenticator application?
How to secure your account using the google authenticator application?
With the help of Google Authenticator, you can use your social media account, Gmail account, etc. Moreover, it can be made secure. In this article, you will know about the steps of everyone one by one.
How to secure your Gmail account using the google authenticator application?
Before making your Gmail account safe with the help of the Google Authenticator app, we have to enable 2-step verification in our Gmail account. So let’s first know how to enable 2 step verification enable in a Gmail account?
1. First of all, open any web browser on your mobile or laptop. And visit the two-factor authentication page.
2. When you visit the link given above, you will have to choose your email id. Whichever Gmail account you want to enable two-factor authentication. Select it. After this, fill in the password and click on Next.
3. After this, fill in your mobile number. After that, select the option through which you want to receive OTP (SMS or phone call). After this, click on send. After that, an OTP will come on your mobile number. Fill in the OTP and click on the next option.
4. Now, the page of 2 step verification will be open on your screen. Now you click on the turn-on option. After this, your 2 step verification will be on.
In this step, we have to set up the authenticator app. To set it up, follow the steps given below.
1. First, you visit the 2-factor authenticator page. After seeing, you have to fill in the password of your email id, fill in the password, and click on Next.
2. After this, you scroll down a bit, below you will get the option of an authenticator app. Next, you click on the setup option given below the authenticator app.
3. As soon as you click, a pop-up will open in your browser. First, select which option you want to generate the QR code for which smartphone [Android, iOS]. Then, select and click on Next.
4. After this, you will start showing your QR code.
Now you have to install Google Authenticator App on your smartphone. You can download google authenticator from the google play store/app store. Open the app after downloading.
1. When you open this app for the first time, you have to click on the get started two option. Now a new window will open in front you where you will be given two options scan a QR code and enter a setup key. Now you click on the option to scan a QR code.
2. Now, the camera will be open in your app. Now you have need to scan the QR code found in the last option of step2.
3. After scanning, your account will verify successfully. Now your mobile will generate a code—this code changes after every 30 seconds.
After this, click on the next option given under the QR code in your browser. Then, fill in the code which is in your mobile app and click on verify here.
How to use Google authentication for Facebook
You can follow this process through both the official website of Facebook and the app. I will tell you this process step-by-step through the website.
1. First, you need visit the official website of Facebook. And login with your account. Then click on the setting option by clicking on the down arrow on the side of the profile.
2. After that, you click on the security and login option. Now scroll down a bit. You will get a two-factor authentication option below. Click on that option.
3. Now click on the use authenticator app. As soon as you click, a QR code will be shown in front of you.
1. Now, open the google authenticator app on your mobile. And scan the QR code. After this, you will generate a code in the google authenticator app. This code changes every 30 seconds.
2. After that, click on continue in your browser. After that, fill in the code generated in your app and click on verify. After this, your google authentication for Facebook will be successfully verified.
How to use Google authentication for Twitter
Step 1. First of all, you do need to download the Twitter app on your smartphone and log in with your account.
Step 2. After this, you click on your profile. And then click on the setting and privacy option.
Step 3. When you scroll down a bit, you will see the option of account. Click on the Account option and click on the Security option.
Step 4. After this, you will see the option of two-factor authentication. Click on that option.
Step 5. Click on the Authentication app On / Off Switch option, enter your password, and tap on the verify button.
Step 6. After this, you will be asked to link to the Google authentication app. Link the app by clicking on the “Link open now” option.
Step 7. After that, fill in the code and verify it. Now your Twitter account will be successfully verified.
How do I use Google Authenticator?
- Open play store or any app store and search google authenticator
- Click on first result and download google authenticator
- Open google authenticator app and click on get started
- Now scan your QR code and verify your account.
Can I get Google Authenticator on my PC
Yes, you can get authenticator for your pc. Actually its applications available for only mobile device, but you can install its extension on your web browser.
Is Google Authenticator backed up?
This feature available only for android users not iPhone users.
In this article, I have told to you How to secure your account using the google authenticator application? I have also explained how to verify your Gmail account, Facebook account, and Twitter account with the help of the google authenticator app?
I explain the step-by-step process. I hope do you understand all procedures. Now you secure your account from hackers. If you have any doubt about this article, you can put your question in the comment box.