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Export Google Authenticator to LastPass.


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If LastPass is a Password Manager of your choice, you may also know about the LastPass Authenticator app.

Like the Google Authenticator, the LastPass Authenticator is also used for multifactor authentication.

If you like me and have been using Google Authenticator instead of your Password Manager to save your 2FA accounts, you may be wondering how to now move these accounts to LastPass Authenticator so you don’t have to rely on multiple applications.

Luckily for you, I have already found the solution.

Although I personally have been using 1Password not LastPass, the solution applies to any application that supports multifactor authentication, including LastPass Authenticator.

To export Google Authenticator to LastPass, you have to extract the Secret Keys from the Google Authenticator QR codes generated by the Transfer Accounts option found in the app.

In this article, I will show you how to generate a new set of QR codes and the Secret Keys from the data extracted from the QR codes generated by the Google Authenticator app.

Compatibility issue when using the Transfer Accounts option in the Google Authenticator app.

Although the Transfer Accounts option in the Google Authenticator is intended to move accounts from one device to another, the QR codes generated by this option can only be scanned using another GA app.

If you haven’t saved the Secret Keys when adding the account to the GA app, there is no other way of moving the accounts to any other application.

If you try to scan the QR code with the LastPass Authenticator you will see the error message below.

LastPass authenticator - unrecongnized QR code error message.
LastPass Authenticator error message; Unrecognized QR Code when attempting to scan the QR code generated by the Google Authenticator app.

Extracting Secret Keys from the Google Authenticator app.

We will start by extracting Secret Keys from the Google Authenticator QR codes.

Make sure to read the article below before continuing.

I have put all the effort to describe the process in detail, so anyone can follow.

But if you don’t feel like reading, the video tutorial below may be a better option for you.

Extract Secret Keys from the Google Authenticator QR codes.

Moving Google Authenticator accounts to LastPass.

If you followed my video or the article above, you should have your new QR codes and Secret Keys extracted and ready to transfer to the LastPass Authenticator.

The extracted data should look similar to the image below.

You should find the name, secret, and type of each account extracted from the GA app along with the QR code that now can be scanned using LastPass or any other application that can generate TOTP codes.

Extracted Secret Keys from Google Authenticator QR codes.
Secret Keys extracted from the Google Authenticator QR codes.

We can now start moving the accounts from the Google Authenticator app to LastPass.

I’m sure you know how to add a new 2FA account, but in case you forgot below is a short guide that may help you.

  • Open the LastPass Authenticator app on your phone.
  • Press + sign
  • Now either scan the QR code from the console or type the extracted Secret Key.
LastPass Authenticator adding an account
Adding an account to LastPass Authenticator.

Do this for each account until you have all the accounts restored in your LastPass Authenticator app.

Unlike Google Authenticator, LastPass Authenticator allows you to view the Secret Keys in case you will want to migrate them again in the future.

My Favorite Software and Hardware.

Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it helpful. Here is the list of the software and hardware I am personally using, which I believe you may also find useful. These are affiliate links, so if you decide to use any of them, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. But in all honesty, this is the exact software I have installed on my computer and the hardware I have been using to secure my online accounts or store my passwords.

1Password Password Manager - I have been using 1Password for over three years now, and in my opinion, it is the best Password Manager yet. You can try 1Password for free or check the latest deals on the 1Password website.

YubiKey - This is a hardware authentication device that you can use to protect your online accounts or even computers. If you are thinking of getting one, I will highly recommend Yubikey 5C NFC, which, thanks to the NFC, can also be used with your phone. If you are an Apple user, the YubiKey 5Ci is the best next choice, in my opinion.

Bitdefender Total Security - I had tried other Anti-Virus software whenever my Bitdefender license was about to expire. However, at the end of the day, this is still my favorite Anti-Virus. You can check the latest offers on the Bitdefender site.