The Google Authenticator app has undergone its first facelift since 2017, making the jump from version 5.0 to 5.10. But the visual makeover — including a much-needed adaptation to newer phones’ aspect ratios — belies a major change that will make it easy for you to port your keys over to another phone.
Up to this point, Google Authenticator was one of many apps that provided the extra layer of code-based authentication in any two-step verification process that supported it — you’d be better off here than with an SMS code. It wasn’t good for looks, though, having debuted just at the cusp of the move away from 16:9 smartphone screens. And if you wanted to move your app’s credentials off to another phone, you had to go through a sometimes messy process through your Google account backend to do that.
We’ve got Material Design 2.0 in play and a true-black dark theme for OLED fans out there. Plus, there’s an embedded import/export tool in the overflow menu.