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Good news for all of you folks who have been using Google’s Authenticator app. The search giant has posted a big 2.0 update for the client, which brings about a number of long-awaited improvements like iPhone 5 support.

Google Authenticator, for those who are unfamiliar with the app, works with 2-step verification for your Google account to provide an extra layer of security. And it’s been redesigned today to make it easier than ever to use…

From the app’s 2.0 change log:

Support for retina display and iPhone 5.
Improved user interface.
Minor bug fixes.
Improved accessibility support.

With 2-Step Verification, signing into your account requires both your password and a verification code generated with this app. Once configured, you can get verification codes without the need of a network or cellular connection.

The app features automatic setup via QR codes, support for multiple accounts, and support for time-based and counter-based code generation.

As usual, you can find Google Authenticator in the App Store. And yes, it’s free. A word of caution though, TechCrunch is reporting that installing the new version of the app may result in the wiping of existing stored account data.

  • xmort

    It for sure does. You will need PC or other device that is setup so it does not require access tokens (or you need your printed backup codes) and then you need to re-add authenticator app to your account and then you must to regenerate all your fixed password for apps that uses google auth and does not support 2-step authentication – for example google account in iPhone mail settings. This is pain in the ass and shows the dark side of the iOS7 automatic apps update. I woke up and my authenticator was useless.

  • Finally!

  • fl0manel

    Lol, not available in the US…like seriously…

  • wredniak

    do not update now .. or all your auth tokent will be erased

  • CPDigitalDarkroom

    You guys should update the article to reflect the fact Google pulled the app because of a glitch which erased your account information.

    To those affected, go into your Google Account 2 factor settings and click “Move to a different phone.” That’ll give you the barcode to re-initialize Authenticator.

    • Jack Wong

      I guess I will stick with the current one… until it is no longer working.