Jack Wallen takes you through the steps of transferring the host from one phone to another.
Authy is a two-factor authentication application that makes it easy to work with 2FA codes for the applications and services you use.
Two-factor authentication adds a layer of security to the sites and services you use. Once you add 2FA to the site, it will prompt you for your account credentials (username / password), but the six-digit code generated by the 2FA app (for example Authy) and associated with your account. Without that six-digit code, you cannot log in to your account.
Once you start using Authy on your mobile device, at some point you will need to transfer the account to another device.
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What do you need
For this to work, you need to install the Authy app on your current mobile device. When you originally installed the app, you associated it with the phone number of that original phone. You will need to install the Authy app on your new phone. How you install that app depends on which mobile operating system you use (Android or iOS).
How to Transfer Authy
Unfortunately, due to security issues, Authy does not allow users to take screenshots in the app, so you need to follow the written instructions closely. I will explain the process in a way that you will not have any problems.
Open Authy on your old phone and tap the 3-dot menu button on the top right of the screen. From the menu drop-down, tap Settings. In the settings window, you will see three tabs at the top of the screen: My Account, Accounts, and Tools. Tap the devices and you should see an almost empty page with the On / Off slider on the default off position. To share Authy to a new phone, you need to turn on multi-device support, then tap on / off slider so it stays on.
After enabling multi-device support in Authy, open the app on a new phone, where you’ll be asked for your country code and phone number. You can select your country code from the drop-down and then type your phone number. This phone number must be the same number that is associated with your previous phone because it is the number associated with your Authy account.
Once you type in your phone number, tap Submit at the bottom of the screen and then select what verification you want – using an existing device with Authy installed, receive an SMS message or receive a call.
If you have already added your SIM card to the new phone, tap Accept SMS message. If you haven’t installed the SIM card for the new device yet, tap on using the existing device with Authy Install, which will then push the new device request to the original phone. On the old phone, tap Accept, and then, when prompted, type OK and tap OK.
Then you should see all your 2FA entries in Authy on the new device.
It’s all about making Authy available to multiple devices. One thing to keep in mind is that this is not actually a transfer, so all your accounts will be remembered on your old device in Authy. If you plan to sell, donate or donate an old device, make sure to uninstall Authy and reset the factory to make sure any of your data is not accessible.
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