Stretching out to get your phone each time a 2FA code is needed could be quite annoying and tiresome. Here’s the step by step procedure on generating 2FA codes with Google Authenticator on your Windows 10 computer.
Picking up your phone each moment you’d like to utilize the Google Authenticator will be a thing of the past after you read this. You can easily bring this feature of authenticating directly from your computer once your system is operating on Windows 10.
Presently, several browser extensions and applications allow you generate 2FA codes on your computer. This cuts down the need of you being in possession of your mobile each time you need to access your 2FA-enabled applications or web accounts.
The procedure involved are as follows:
Generate a Secret Key for Your Google Account
In order for your Google Authentication to function on your Windows 10 PC successfully, a secret key for your Google account will be needed. The key can be obtained by logging into your account and clicking on the security section of your account.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Open your browser, open a fresh tab, and then click on Google My Account page. Log in to your account if you haven’t done that in the past if you haven’t already.
- Click on the Security tab on the left session of the page.
- A 2-Step Verification option will be seen on the right. Click on it.
- You might be asked to re-enter your password by Google. Follow the instruction, and then continue.
- On the next screen, if your Authenticator app have already been set up, click the Change Phone option. Otherwise, click Set Up.
- Select Android on the screen which’ll pop up next, and then click Next.
- A QR code will then be shown on your screen. Click the tab which says Can’t Scan It to view the secret key.
- A secret key which is specific to your Google account will then be seen. Write down the key, as it’ll be useful while configuring the Authenticator application on your Windows 10 Computer.
- Do not close the tab on your browser. Leave it open.
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Utilizing Google Authenticator on Windows 10
After getting the secret key to your Google account, the next step to follow is to get an app which can utilize the key and help you also generate 2FA codes on your PC.
Use WinAuth to Generate 2FA Codes on Windows 10
WinAuth is really good. It is a portable, open-source and free application which allows you use Google Authenticator on your PC. Once your key have been added, the application can be used in generating 2FA codes to log in to your account.
This application can be configured using your secret key as stated below:
- Download WinAuth ZIP file and extract it on your PC.
- Launch the WinAuth app.
- On the main page, click Add to add a new account.
- After that, click Google as the account you’ll be adding is Google’s.
- Input a name that’ll help you recognize the account in the Name field.
- Type the secret key in the given field.
- After entering the key, click Verify Authenticator button, then a six-digit code will pop up in the app.
- Click on the Next button on the Google My Account page which was left open in your browser.
- Input the six-digit code which was obtained from WinAuth and click Verify when Google asks you to input the code which your Authenticator application had generated.
- Your page will then display a success message if everything proceeded smoothly.
- Get back to WinAuth and click OK.
- WinAuth will then ask that you protect your authentication by creating a password. Create a strong password in Password and Verify fields (as will be seen), and then click OK when done.