On June 7, 2021, Apple held its annual WWDC conference, at which it told developers (and everyone who watched the broadcast on the Internet) about its new operating systems – iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS 12 Monterey. Bloggers all over the world almost immediately “dubbed” this event the most boring in the history of Apple, and updates to branded “operating systems” – the most useless. However, everything turned out to be not as simple as it looked at first.
Over time, developers and journalists began to find more and more new features in iOS / iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey – and the surprise only grew. It turns out that most of the innovations Apple did not talk about at the conference. In particular, the MakeUseOf resource discovered that the company has built an analogue of Google Authenticator into the new OS – only Apple’s solution is much cooler and more convenient.
What it is
Basically, it is Apple’s native 2FA key generator. That is, on any site or resource that supports two-factor authentication (for example, Google, Mega or Zoom), you can log in using an Apple device – and third-party applications like Google Authenticator are no longer needed.
How to turn it on
Apple’s 2FA feature is enabled by default. To use it, you need:
- go to the desired site – let’s take google.com for example
- go to the section “Security” → “Two-factor authentication”
- enable “two-factor” and add a phone number.
Now the site will offer to choose an application for 2FA authorization. Choose “Authenticator App”. A QR code will appear on the screen to link the 2FA application to the site. And here you have two options:
- Open your Apple device, go to Settings → Passwords → find the account for which you enable 2FA in the list, and click “Set up verification code” → “Scan QR code”. After scanning the code, you will see a six-digit binding code on the screen – enter it on the Google website and save the settings. Done!
- If you turn on “two-factor” from a single Apple device, then under the QR code on the Google website, click “Unable to scan code.” A long string of letters and numbers will appear instead of the QR code – highlight and copy it. Now go to “Settings” → “Passwords” → find in the list the account for which you enable 2FA, and click “Set up verification code” → “Enter the setup key”. Paste the code into this field. Now you will see a six-digit binding code on the screen – enter it on the Google website and save the settings. Done!
How to use
Here again there are two options.
- If you only use Apple devices that have been updated to iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey: just go to the site using Safari, log in with a password, and at the 2FA verification step, click the suggested “Verification code for [ваш аккаунт]”. Done!
- If you are trying to log into your account from a device of another brand, or your Apple device has not been updated to OS 2021: go to the site, log in with a password. When the site asks for a 2FA code, open your Apple device, go to Settings → Passwords → find the account you are logging into in the list, and inside you will see a one-time code.
Earlier, we said that Apple plans to soon get rid of passwords altogether.