Google’s two-factor authenticator (2FA) app for Android received its most recent update in May 2020, which added a revamped Material Theme and made it simple to move accounts between devices. The latest version of Google Authenticator, 5.20, hides codes until you tap to disclose them.

After two years, Google Authenticator’s concealment of the six-digit codes until you click to disclose PIN is the one modification that stands out. The right-hand circular countdown counter is still visible.

It will automatically copy to your clipboard when you long-press, enabling you to perform other operations (rename, delete, and reorder). In fact, this works with Android 13’s new overlay and editor and stores the code without revealing it. (The new OS also automatically clears your clipboard history after a specific interval, preventing apps from seeing anything you previously copied.) While a tap re-hides, multiple clicks can be made simultaneously.

Because of this adjustment, not all of your code is visible every time you open the application. Even though it adds a second step to your 2FA workflow, the security change is still worthwhile. But it can be visually intimidating to see a wall Click to reveal text in Google Authenticator.

Google Authenticator version 5.20 has not yet been widely released.


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