Google Authenticator

Google Authenticator for Pc

  • Category: Utilities
  • Last Updated: 2018-09-12
  • Current version: 3.0.1
  • File size: 22.14 MB
  • Developer: Google, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Requires Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

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Downloading and installing Google Authenticator on your Windows PC

Download Google Authenticator for Windows: Google Authenticator is an Utilities App, developed by Google, Inc.. The Utilities App was officially released 2010-09-20. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - Google, Inc., with the latest current version being 3.0.1 which was officially released on 2018-09-12. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 2,588 Reviews on the App Store alone, with an average user rating of 3 out of a possible 5.

Using Google Authenticator on your Windows computer is actually very easy but if you are new to this process, you will definitely need to pay attention to the steps listed below. This is because you will need to download and install a Desktop App emulator for your computer. We will help you download and install Google Authenticator on your computer in 4 simple steps below:

1: Download an Andriod Software emulator for Windows

The importance of the emulator is that it emulates or immitates an android environment on your computer, making it super easy to install and run android apps from the comfort of your PC without buying a phone that runs android. Who says you cannot enjoy both worlds? To begin, you can download such an emulator app made by too top dogs in the space.
A. Nox App . OR
B. Bluestacks App .
Personally, I recommend the "B" option as Bluestacks is very popular so if you run into any trobles using it, you can find good solutions on Google or Bing (lol). 

2: Now Install the Software Emulator on your Windows PC

If you successfully downloaded the Bluestacks.exe or Nox.exe, go to your Downloads folder on your computer or anywhere you ususally store downloaded files.
Once you have find it, click it to install the application. It should start the installation process on your PC.
Click Next to accept the EULA License agreement.
Follow the on screen directives in order to install the application.
If you do the above correctly, the Software will be successfully installed.

3: How to Use Google Authenticator for Windows PC - Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10

Now, open the Emulator application you have installed and locate the search bar. Now type Google Authenticator in the search bar and hit Search. You will easily see the app. Click on Google Authenticator application icon. A window of Google Authenticator will open and it will display the app in your Emulator Software. Hit the Install button and your application will start downloading. Now we are all done.
Next, you will see the "All Apps" icon.
Click on it and it will take you to a page containing all your installed applications.
You should see the Google Authenticator icon. Click on it and start using the application.

Hope it was not too difficult? If you have any further inquiries, contact me through the "Contact" link at the bottom of this page so I could help You. Have a nice day!

About Google Authenticator

Developer Description

Google Authenticator works with 2-Step Verification for your Google Account to provide an additional layer of security when signing in. With 2-Step Verification, signing into your account will require both your password and a verification code you can generate with this app. Once configured, you can get verification codes without the need for a network or cellular connection. Features include: - Automatic setup via QR code - Support for multiple accounts - Support for time-based and counter-based code generation To use Google Authenticator, you need to enable 2-Step Verification on your Google Account. Visit to get started.

App Reviews

  • Trash

    By Hitori_Samishiku
    I’ve never encountered such a poorly design application... theoretically, it seems cool, but in practice, it’s horrendous. I tried logging into my Nintendo account and for some reason needed this. So I got it, set it up for both my emails (this took forever, was annoying, and I got 2 because I couldn’t remember which it was... but I was sure it was one of them) and then tried entering it... nothing. Tried back up codes. Nothing. I went into the account and reset it, which was a pain, and tried again. Nothing. I tried multiple times of both types of codes and literally zip. I gave up. I wish that were the end of it. For some reason, all my accounts on all devices are signed out! It may be because I deleted some devices that said multiple weeks of inactivity, but the effected apps have been Google Photos and mail—applications they have control over and should notice if I log into it on one device or another continuously. Now, I’m stuck redownloading however many thousands of pictures and resigning into accounts. Hooray.
  • Very very hard to move phones. Will lock you out of all accounts

    By samrecord
    Authy is sooooo much easier to use. This app used to be easier to transfer to new devices and setup in 2012. Sometime since then and now (2/1/17), it's become incredibly complicated to set up and use. After app updates on my iPhone I had to re-setup some of my google accounts that required this Authenticator. My apps obviously required me to use Authenticator. But then my Authenticator also required me to use my google accounts! A bit frustrating but workable, right? Just log into my google account sign in and security settings on my laptop to setup my Authenticator first, right? WRONG. It's stupidly difficult to navigate through the labyrinthine security settings pages in google to find the passcodes or the QR image that I need to setup Authenticator on my phone. I couldn't find it. I even googled on how to find it and couldn't find the answers. This is multiple layers of Google fail. So I just gave up. Switched off 2-factor sign in and deleted this useless app, much to my disappointment and security downsides. Google really needs to simplify all the crazy complexity and cognitive bloat they are creating in their ecosystem of stuff. Their "material" UI design looks nice superficially but is in fact very poor UX - It's just all labyrinthine. Nothing is "obvious" and intuitive.
  • Works but no frills

    By Inetsuperman
    I normally don’t write reviews but since I use this app a lot for MFA it is not useful for multiple AWS accounts because you can’t change the name of an entry after scanning the barcode... you are stuck with the name the barcode gives you and if that account is AWS then it’s extra difficult. When you have several AWS entries where the only distinguishing thing is a 10-14 digit number that is not visible on the web login screen... once you set up multiple accounts you’re kinda stuck trying all of the TOTP numbers until one works because the names are not distinguishable and not editable upon creation. A simple edit to the account name is all I ask for. If that gets added I’ll change my rating. For now, it causes me enough extra frustration that I’m spending valuable time writing this.
  • Big problem transferring to new iPhone iOS11.x

    By dig48109
    New iPhoneX unlocked. Backed up my older phone on iTunes and then started the process of restoring the data to the new phone. Google Authenticator. The app refused to install. Warning error [ Unable To Install “Google Authenticator GA” . The app is no longer available in the App Store”. This is actually not true, the app is still available in the App Store. - Ran the latest iOS11.2.2 on the iPhoneX. I wiped the iPhoneX to a factory reset - Ran all app updates on the iPhone6S for all apps. - Ran the latest iOS11.2.2 on the iPhone6S - Did a backup on iTunes twice for iPhone6S - Then did a restore on the iPhoneX . Same problem not able to use “GA”after all that. If I delete “GA” on my iPhoneX and reinstall from the cloud on new phone it opens, but lost all my 2FA sites. This is awful. This is essential for my work security and personal banking. Feature request. Please allow groups so I can sort out 2FA sites by personal , work, banking. Using GA so often that the list becomes too long
  • We need a Backup option as soon as possible

    By Shakil Muntasir
    The app is as beautiful as we expected. But we need a Backup option for the Two Factor entries. Last time I accidentally reset my phone and my TeamViewer 2 Factor was set with Google Authenticator. I couldn't recover my account as I have lost the recovery key. If and only if we had a backup/auto backup option in the authenticator app. Please try to understand our problems and bring us a good solution and let us love your apps forever. Thanks in advance.
  • If you have saved codes don't update.

    By Bubblies1235577
    This review is based solely on the multiple times I've had issues with them updating the app and then you lose all codes you use to access accounts. You then can't reach any support personnel to resolve the situation. They had this same issue in the past and requested not to update to that specific version till they fixed it. Yet they continue to have this issue on every update. I've had multiple codes generated and still can't get into some accounts due to them resetting the app every time. Even with a phone backup they're gone. They refuse to fix the issue this time and yet Authy provides better service just not enough support with other sites.
  • Works Perfectly

    By I can't think ofa nickname
    Most recent reviews suggest that this app is bugged, though the latest patch must have covered everything, or it’s something out of Google’s controls. As long as you read directions and don’t work ahead of yourself, using the Google Authenticator with whatever it is you are using it for is one of the easiest and safest ways to log in to almost any network or software. 5 stars because there is nothing wrong with it.
  • Terrible app, non-responsive developers

    By blmatthews
    This is a really amateurish app. The toolbar disappears frequently, and the only way to get it back is to kill the app, and 4 out of the 5 sites I've added have been added twice. While that's only cosmetic, it makes it that much harder to find the site I'm looking for. That issue was reported on github in September of 2016 and still hasn't been fixed. It might be less of a problem if I could reorder the entries, and if I tap the pencil (after restarting the app to get the toolbar back), it looks like they're meant to be reordered, but dragging what I assume are reorder handles just scrolls the list.
  • Horrible if you lose or can’t access your phone

    By Stev81
    You can’t even backup all your codes. My phone broke and was unable to access any of the apps. I had to manually reset all my accounts to set up g2fa and still trying to get access to one of my accounts because of this horrible app. I mean it’s 2017 going on 2018 where security is a major part of our lives yet this app can’t deliver. People have many accounts with 2FA. The least you can do is have an option to download a back up key so you can restore them when you get a new phone. Take a look at the authy app. This is what this app is suppose to be. Disappointed.
  • A serious pain when switching phones

    By Markwoh
    I had this problem on an earlier version of this app. You get a new phone, it is back to square one. There is no restore or saving of codes. It is a great app other than the fact that it becomes a nightmare if you get a new phone or have to restore your phone. They need to incorporate some kind of save system so you don't have to painstakingly disable and reenable every single 2 step verification you had previously.