Using Google Authenticator is a very good way to secure login today, but how we can use it faster and more convenient is the reason for sharing this post. And besides phones, we can also use the same apps like Google Authenticator on computers. Read the content below to find out!
What is the Authenticator verification code?
Authenticator 2-Step Verifier is a means of verifying user identities. By providing an authentication code from the Authenticator, you are proving to the login gateways that you are the real account owner.
How is Authenticator better than SMS?
The same is for 2-step verification, but Authenticator has advantages over SMS (receive verification codes via SMS) in that you do not depend on phone waves, do not need an internet connection, and do not suffer from error cases of not sending verification codes like SMS.
To visualize more clearly, see the article on how to secure 2 layers WordPress will understand.
Use Google Authenticator on new phone
On your phone, install the Google Authenticator app. If you are watching by phone, click the button below to download quickly.
Once installed, open the Google Authenticator app and click the plus button to add the code. You have 2 options:
- Scan bar code: You put your phone on the computer screen for the camera to scan the barcode, when scanning you will immediately receive a 6-digit verification code.
- Manual entry: You manually enter the passcode provided by the service provider. After entering, they will receive a 6-digit verification code.
The way to delete the Google Authenticator code is to click the pencil button, then select the verification codes you don’t use anymore and then click the delete button below.
But I find that the phone is not the most convenient way. Normally, we work through computers, so each time we log in to open the Google Authenticator app on our phone, it takes a little time. So please refer to how to install apps like Google Authenticator on your computer. Read right below.
Use Google Authenticator on PC desktop
There are 2 ways for you to get authentication codes like Google Authenticator for computers:
- Use utilities supplement Authenticator on your Chrome browser or your CocCoc. Suitable for you who often use only 1 browser user.
- Using apps downloaded from AppStore on Mac and Microsoft Store on Windows, please rest assured that I have tried many different applications and selected the best one to recommend to you. Suitable for you who use many browser users.
Install Google authenticator extension on Chrome
Click the button below to open the Authenticator Chrome extension page and then click the Add to Chrome button .
After installing the Authenticator extension on Chrome, you will have a QR code icon in the top corner of Chrome. You click on it to open, then you have 2 ways to add verification codes:
- Scan the QR code on the browser to receive the verification code (the scan icon on the left).
- Enter the secret code yourself to receive verification code (right pencil icon).
Where you used to scan the QR code: then drag to select the area containing the QR code as directed by the utility.
If you prefer to enter a secret code: click the pencil icon on the right. Then click the plus sign.
Then you choose Manual Import.
Then enter your secret code and a name for the code to make it easy to remember (you can correct it later) and click Confirm.
You will receive the Authenticator verification code right on the computer like this. Clicking on the code will automatically copy. Pretty convenient, right. But we have the install button, so let’s explore.
Suppose you want to change computers, or delete and reinstall the browser, we also have a way to get the Authenticator code back afterwards. But first you need to back up.
Click the Authenticator settings icon and you’ll see an Export / Import feature, use it to backup and retrieve the Authenticator code.
To delete a certain Authenticator verification code you no longer need, you click on the pencil icon and then click the red button to delete.
But this is not the most convenient way for you to use many browser users. Because of opening so many user windows, it’s a bit confusing to manipulate. If you are like that, please refer to the way below.
How to use Google Authenticator on windows
Currently, Google Authenticator for main computer from Google is not available. But we are fortunate to have Google Authenticator- like apps on our computers.
For Windows, open the Microsoft Store, find an app called WinOTP Authenticator and install it.
Open the WinOTP Authenticator app, click the plus button below to add a secret code.
You enter your secret code, website name and username and then click Save to save.
Once you have a verification code, just click it and it will be copied automatically . The indication is that “Code copied to clipboard” will appear as below.
When you want to delete a certain ID , you click on the pencil icon below, then click the delete button right above your verification code.
How to use Google Authenticator for mac
If Windows does, MacOS also has, but I must admit that the developers on MacOS have a better eye than you guys ^ _ ^. Open the AppStore and install the Step Two app .
Using is also very simple, you click the plus button to add a secret code and then enter the website name, username, then click Save to save.
To remove or customize the colors: Right-click the verification code. This application is very intuitive to see.
You just need to click on the code and it will automatically copy .
To summarize, we have 3 ways to get Authenticator verification codes: The app on Google Authenticator on the phone, the Authenticator utility on Chrome is suitable for you who use a browser user, and applications similar to Google Authenticator on your device. It is suitable for you who use many browser users. Which way do you like best? Or if you have any questions, please feel free to comment below!