How to Use Google Authenticator on Windows PC | Google does not offer a Windows version of the Google Authenticator app. However, if you don’t want to rely on your phone to sign in, there is a workaround to use Google Authenticator on Windows. With the help of third-party authentication apps, you can set up Google Authenticator on your Windows PC.
In this article, I will share how to set up and use Google Authenticator on Windows and validate logins directly from your PC.
In order to use Google Authenticator on Windows PC, you need to get a Google Authenticator secret code that allows other authentication apps to use Google Authenticator service. You can then enter that code in your preferred authentication app for Windows and use Google Authenticator through it. Follow the instructions below to set it up:
You can get this secret code directly from your Google account security settings, here’s how:
Click this link to
Google security account page
and then click option “2-Step Verification” in the “Sign in to Google“.
Provide Google account password and then scroll down and click “Set Up“under section”Authenticator AppThis setup is here to verify Google Authenticator on the phone, but we’re going to use it only to get the secret code.
After that, click the link “CAN’T SCAN IT” under the barcode.
Copy the code on the next screen and then you can cancel this setup process.
Keep this code safe, because anyone who has this code can access your Google Authenticator.
Now you have to use an authentication app compatible with Windows PC to access your Google Authenticator account through it. There are many apps for this purpose but I will recommend you to use WinAuth which you can download
from here. Besides being very easy to use, WinAuth is also an open source application.
Since the app will manage your highly sensitive information, you need to make sure it can be trusted. And since the application code is publicly available, you can trust that there is no cheating going on in the background.
After downloading WinAuth, launch it and click the “Add” and select “Google” from list.
Here enter the secret code that you copied earlier and click “Verify Authenticator” and then click “OK“.
A page will open with several options to tighten the security of the WinAuth application. You can use a password, restrict device access, or use a Yubikey. I recommend you to at least use a password to make sure no one can access the app.
That’s it, WinAuth will now display an updated Google Authenticator code which you can use to validate your login.
If you want to remove your Google Authenticator account from WinAuth app, right click on Google option in WinAuth app and select “Delete” from the context menu.
Red thread | Using Google Authenticator on Windows PC is definitely a convenient way to validate login without having to access your phone. Make sure you add strong protection to WinAuth app because now hackers don’t need to have access to 2 different devices to access your account.
If hacker gets your account password and access to WinAuth app which is not password protected, then he can easily access your account.