Using Google Autheticator

A second way to enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is by using an authentication app. You can also set the 2FA using SMS, as noted on the previous page if you do not want to use an app. However, for this 2FA set up, we will be using Google Authenticator app.  

Quick Start

Here is an outline of the steps to take to enable 2FA on your account using the authentication app   Google Authenticator. 

  1. Login to your Adafruit Account
  2. Navigate to "My Account"
  3. Under "My Account" select "Security and Privacy"
  4. In "Security and Privacy" select "Edit two-factor authentication settings"
  5. Download Google Authenticator from the iOS/Play Store
  6. Using the app scan the QR code shown in the screen
  7. Provide the code sent to the app to enable 2FA

Step by Step Instructions

 

Step 1 & 2. Login to your Adafruit Account & Navigate to "My Account"

Now let's get started by signing into an Adafruit account and navigating to "My Account" as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 3. Under "My Account" select "Security and Privacy"

The 2FA enabling setting can be found under the Security & Privacy settings in your account. 


Continue by clicking on the "Security and Privacy" option highlighted in red in the image below: 

Step 4. Select "Edit two-factor authentication settings"

In Security and Privacy, notice the red letters stating 2FA is disabled. By default, 2FA is disabled on every account. We will want to start the process to enable it and add a layer of security to the account. 

Continue by clicking in the text "Edit two-factor authentication settings" which is the second portion highlighted in yellow down below:

Continue by selecting "Click here to Enable" in order to continue setting up 2FA on your account. 

You will be redirected to a page with a QR code. This code will be used to setup the 2FA using the Google Authenticator app in this case.

Step 5. Download the Authentication app

At this time, go to your phone's app store and download the Google authentication application or whatever application you have chosen.. 

Step 6. Scanning the QR Code

Once you download the app select to "scan a barcode"  and allow the app to use your camera so you can take a picture of the QR code on the screen.

Step 7. Saving the Code to enable 2FA

After you take a picture of the QR code, you will be shown a code. Note this code will change every 30 seconds - the time left to use the code is shown by the loading blue circle circled in red in the screenshot below.

Continue to enter the code without spaces, just the numbers.

Enter the code which you see in your Google Authenticator app here.

After select to continue, you will be then prompted to copy and save an emergency code which can be used in case your mobile device gets lost you can use this code one time to access your account.

Save the code and select "I have copied the code" to finalize the 2FA enabling process. 

Now every time you sign in and out of your Adafruit account, you will be asked for the authentication code which you will retrieve from the Google Authenticator App.

2FA acts as a protective barrier between you and the application you are trying to access. Even if your password gets compromised, you are guaranteed that the information in the account will be safe from whoever is trying to access the account.

As long as you have the authenticator app, your phone, or even the backup code that was generated for you – only you should be able to access the account.

This guide was first published on May 21, 2019. It was last updated on May 21, 2019. This page (Using Google Autheticator) was last updated on Aug 17, 2019.