2-Factor Authentication: The great switch to Authy from Google Authenticator
After 2 years my Pixel 2 XL took a bit of a spill the other day. Its still fine, but the glass is cracked. I’m hoping to find someone who can change just the glass… but… I bought a Pixel 4 XL. The saddest part about this is I was literally just thinking I would skip this gen, I love the Pixel 2 XL. Its such a great phone, such great battery life etc. O well.
New phone arrived last week but I was out and about, so I got the time to migrate over on Monday. And, of course, the migration was trivial… took about 5 minutes, all was good, shortcuts, etc. BUT… you have to manually migrate all the 2-Factor authentications. 63 sites. And each is different… you log in to the site (using the Pixel 2), find the settings, disable/change/remove/update the 2FA, and then re-enable it on the Pixel 4. That took *ages*.
Since this was obviously going to take a while, I thought… there must be a better way. I mean, TOTP is a standard, implemented in more than one app. I settled on Authy (also on iOS). It has the ability to operate on multiple devices and to sync/store. So this means it should be the last time.
And, of the multiple devices, Chrome is one. So you can install it for ChromeOS. Great!
So the theory is… I can now switch phones again if needed.