is the Google Authenticator saved with the google backup like wifi passwords, settings, gmail and some other google aps? If I will reflash my current system or make a clean install will it be backed up with all the codes form websites I have there? I do not want to loose it and it will be a lot of work to go to every site I have there, revoke 2step verification and then do it again with new system

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Google Authenticator in version 5.00 (as of now) permits backup, but only preferences are backed up, and the critical data (secret keys which creates those codes the user need) are not backed up at all. ADB can also back it up with the command:

adb backup -keyvalue com.google.android.apps.authenticator2

I'm making this claim based on the presence of the attribute android:allowBackup set to true, and presence of key-value pairs backup provisions in its manifest and a dedicated backup agent is also listed, named com.google.android.apps.authenticator.backup.AuthenticatorBackupAgent. This certainly wasn't the case with prior versions.

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    @beeshyams Titanium Backup requires root access, so it can backup any app regardless of the aforesaid attribute. And yes, it does backup Authenticator (I've got ten backups here).
    – Firelord
    Jan 30, 2018 at 10:25
  • the key is also backed up with Titanium....... i was frightened and deleted the TB backup of G Authenticator...........
    – iBug
    Nov 19, 2018 at 15:43
  • Yes, TiBu backups the whole app's data directory including the database.db where the keys are saved. @iBug
    – Firelord
    Nov 19, 2018 at 15:44

Google Authenticator in version 5.10 (as of 2020 now, finally) permits backup of all keys (which can then be saved by screenshot to Cloud, or transferred between phones), just update and click your GA toolbar.

Please reference I reformulated for the prior/older version information.


Unfortunately, you can’t back up your Google Authenticator. Some services provide backup codes (such as Google Authenticator). You should save them in some safe place and use them if you lost your phone or reflash your current system. For other websites, you should save QR codes or secret keys in the process of token enrollment. If you have these QR codes you will be able to restore your tokens on any device. If you didn’t save backup codes or QR codes and lost an access to your Google Authenticator, you should contact the Support Team of services which you protect with the Google Authenticator. They will help you to restore an access to your account. Then you will be able to issue new tokens.


Yeah, not being able to export and save is a major pain in the be-hind! All you can do is display the codes and scan them with the new phone. Useless if the original phone screen is broken, and not much help to restore an existing phone (as I found out!)... But you can take a photo (using a normal digital camera) and save them that way...

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