Jack Wallen walks you through the steps of transferring Authy from one phone to another.
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Authy is a two-factor authentication app that makes it possible for you to easily work with 2FA codes for the apps and services you use.
Two-factor authentication adds a layer of security to the sites and services you use. Once you’ve added 2FA to a site, it will not only prompt you for your account credentials (username/password) but a six-digit code that is generated by a 2FA app (such as Authy) and is 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’re going to have to transfer the account to another device.
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What you’ll need
To make this work, you’ll need the Authy app installed on your current mobile device. When you originally installed the app, you associated it with the phone number of that original phone. You’ll also need the Authy app installed on your new phone. How you install that app will depend on which mobile operating system you use (Android or iOS).
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Unfortunately, due to security issues, Authy doesn’t allow users to take screenshots within the application, so you’ll have to follow along closely with the written instructions. I’ll describe the process in such a way that you shouldn’t