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How To Recover Google Authenticator Without Old Phone

By Pranab Sen

✎ Key Takes:

» You can access backup codes when recovering your Google Authenticator by logging into sites requiring codes and then verifying the Google account for setup on a new device.
» You can use the backup codes or alternative verification methods in case of losing the device or unintentional app uninstallation to regain access to Google Authenticator.

How To Recover Google Authenticator Without an Old Phone:

There are certain ways that you can use to recover the Google Authenticator account to have access to all existing ones.

1. Using Backup Codes

You can verify your account using backup codes, you can do it by entering the 8-digit backup code after choosing it as an alternative way to verify your account.

Step 1: For the first step, you need to open the Google Sign-in page and type your Email.

 Google Sign In

Step 2: Then click on NEXT to proceed with it.

Click on NEXT

Step 3: On the next page, enter your password correctly and click on NEXT.

Enter Your Password Correctly and Click on NEXT.

Step 4: Then as you’re taken to the next page, they’ll ask for your verification code from the Google Authenticator app. Ignore it and click on More options.

Step 5: Next under the heading, Try, another way to sign in you’ll get a few options. Select the i.e Enter one of your 8-digit backup codes options.

Try, another way to sign in

Step 6: Then you’ll be provided with a form where you need to enter an 8-digit backup code. Type one of your 8-digit backup codes and click on NEXT.

You’re now logged in to your account and you didn’t need a Google Authenticator.

2. Transfer Google Authenticator

Another way you can verify your Google account is by verifying it using a phone or SMS.

If you’ve no other option to get into your Google account or logging, then you can use this method.

Step 1: To do it, open the sign-in page of your Google Account and enter your email address.

Google accounts sign page

Step 2: Then click on the option NEXT.

google accounts sign page next button

Step 3: On the next page, you need to enter your password for that account.

Google account enter your password

Step 4: Click on the blue NEXT button to proceed.

Google account enter your password next button

Step 5: On the next page, you’ll be able to see the choice More options at the bottom left corner of the screen. Click on it.

Step 6: It will take you to another page where you’ll be presented with other different options to log in.

Step 7: Choose the option Get a verification code at….by clicking on it.

 Google account Get a verification code

Step 8: Then you’ll be able to receive a verification code via SMS.

Step 9: Verify your account by entering the code and you will be able to login into your Google account.

After you have access to the account you can set up the Google Authenticator once again on your new phone.

3. Verify Using Trusted Devices

You should use this method to recover Google Authenticator without the old phone. Just try the steps below:

Step 1: First of all, log in to your Google account on a trusted device.

Step 2: Then, go to the security settings and find the option for two-factor authentication.

Step 3: Next, follow the prompts to verify your identity using the trusted device.

Step 4: Now, you can disable Google Authenticator and set up an alternative two-factor authentication method.

4. Using Google Account Recovery

Just use this method to recover Google Authenticator without the old phone. Just go with the following steps below:

Step 1: First of all, visit the Google Account Recovery page.

Step 2: Then, simply follow the instructions provided to recover your account.

Step 3: Next, you may be asked to answer security questions, provide account details, or verify your identity using other methods.

Step 4: Now, set up a new two-factor authentication method after regaining access to your account.

5. Using Backup Email Address

You should use this method to recover Google Authenticator without the old phone. Now, try the following steps below:

Step 1: First, access your Google account recovery page.

Step 2: Then, provide your backup email address associated with the account.

Step 3: Now, follow the steps to verify your identity and regain access to your account.

Step 4: Finally, disable Google Authenticator and set up a new two-factor authentication method.

6. Recover Using a Trusted Contact

You can also use this method to recover Google Authenticator without the old phone. Just, try the following steps below:

Step 1: First, reach out to a trusted contact who has access to your Google account.

Step 2: Then, explain the situation and ask them to follow the steps to recover your account.

Step 3: Next, they can help you regain access to your account by verifying your identity.

Step 4: Now, disable Google Authenticator and set up a new two-factor authentication method.

7. From Google Account Help

You need to follow the steps which are mentioned below:

Step 1: Open the Google sign-in page and enter your email address. Then click on NEXT.

google accounts sign page next button

Step 2: On the next page, enter the correct password and then click on NEXT.

Google account enter your password next button

Step 3: On the following page, click on More options where you’ll be able to see other ways to verify your authentication.

Step 4: Now on the next page, you are presented with different choices, select the Get help one.

Step 5: Then click on Request Google’s help.

Step 6: You need to fill up an account recovery form where you have to answer questions related to your account.

 Step 7: Answer the questions correctly about the date of creating the account and then click on NEXT after every answer.

Step 8: Then you need to enter an email address to which you can have access at the moment. Enter it and click on NEXT.

Verify the email after confirming the code received in the mail and then click on NEXT.

On the following page, you may need to add some more information about the troubles that you are facing which is optional. Then click on DONE to complete.

🔯 In Which Cases should Go for Recovery:

You may need a Google Authenticator Recovery when you’ve lost your device with Google Authenticator on it.

The Google Authenticator App verifies that it’s you who is logging in to the account as Google sends the verification code to the app when logging in. This becomes a problem when you’ve lost your device, uninstalled the app mistakenly or you’ve forgotten the password of the Google authenticator app. For this case, you need to go for recovery so that you can log in to your account using other alternative ways.

As Google has several other methods that can verify the account, you can take the help of those alternative ways.

  • When you’ve lost your phone or device on which you had your Google authenticator app.
  • If you’ve uninstalled the application by mistake you also need to go for recovery.

If you don’t remember your Google Authenticator password then you can’t get into the app to verify the code. So for this case, you need to take the help of the alternate method to recover your Google authenticator password.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How do I log into my Google Authenticator if I lost it?

If you lost your phone or can’t access Google Authenticator, you can typically regain access by using backup codes, recovery options, or contacting the support team of the service or website associated with your Google Authenticator. Now, take onto the specific recovery process provided by Google and the service you are trying to access.

2. How do I transfer Microsoft Authenticator to a new phone without my old phone?

To transfer Microsoft Authenticator to a new phone without your old phone, you can typically follow these steps:

  • Install the Microsoft Authenticator app on your new phone.
  • Sign in to your Microsoft account using your username and password.
  • During the setup process, choose the option to transfer your accounts from the old phone.
  • The next steps are to verify your identity and complete the transfer of your accounts.

3. Can you bypass 2-step verification?

Two-step verification provides an extra layer of security for your accounts, and bypassing it may leave your accounts vulnerable to unauthorized access. If you are having trouble with 2-step verification, it is best to follow the designated recovery or troubleshooting process provided by the service or website you are using.

4. What happens if I accidentally uninstalled Google Authenticator?

If you accidentally uninstalled Google Authenticator from your device, don’t worry. Simply reinstall the app from the app store and set it up again. However, during the setup process, you may need to re-add your accounts manually or use the backup codes or recovery options provided by the services associated with Google Authenticator.

5. How do I get Google Authenticator back on my new phone?

To get Google Authenticator back on your new phone, follow these steps:

  • On your new phone, go to the app store (Google Play Store or Apple App Store) and search for “Google Authenticator.”
  • Install the app on your new phone.
  • Open the app and follow the setup process, which usually involves scanning a QR code or manually entering an account key provided by the services you want to link to Google Authenticator.
  • Once set up, you should see your accounts and their corresponding verification codes in the app on your new phone.
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