Laurent Hinoul

“Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.” - John F. Woods

How to use Google Authenticator outside the browser

Some applications that work outside a browser are not yet compatible with two-step verification and can not ask for verification codes, such as:

  • Older Android smartphones
  • Google Voice mobile app for the iPhone
  • Chrome Sync
  • E-mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook
  • Chat clients such as Google Talk, AIM, etc.

To use these applications, you must first generate an application-specific password. Then you must specify that password in the password field of your application instead of your regular password. You can create a new application-specific password for each application that needs one.

To do so, go to: https://accounts.google.com/IssuedAuthSubTokens and scroll all the way down.

Enjoy!

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