Best Multi-Factor Authentication for Android

How to use your Android phone for better online security with two-factor authentication.

What is two-factor authentication?


Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is a subset of multi-factor authentication and adds an extra layer of security by requiring an additional login step. After entering a password to log in, you’ll be asked to provide a security key which can come in the form of a numerical code, barcode, QR code, or other piece of information. Only by providing the right information will you be granted access to the account.

If a password is stolen or leaked online by a hacker and someone else is trying to log in to your account, they won’t be able to without the 2-factor authentication!

How does two-factor authentication work?

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Provide login credentials

The first half of the authentication process involves you entering your account login and password.

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Passcode is sent to Android device

Your chosen authenticator app will generate a unique verification code on-screen as a QR code to scan or numerical code via text message. These tokens will vary across different 2FA apps.

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Verify the token

Your mobile device will then prompt you to confirm the unique token. This can be done by scanning the QR code or entering the numerical string sent to your mobile device.

Why use two-factor authentication?

The right two-factor authentication app makes browsing with Android more secure, without slowing down your day.

Add extra protection

Worried about phishing attacks or malware? Two-factor authentication keeps hackers locked out.


Simplify online security

Combining 2-step verification with a password manager eliminates the need to remember your passwords!


It's free!

Many popular two-factor authentication options, including LastPass Authenticator, can be downloaded for free.

How to set up two-factor authentication on Android

Choose an authenticator.

There are many options when it comes to two-factor authentication. The most popular options include apps that can be downloaded to your Android from the Google Play Store, like LastPass Authenticator, and Authy.


Enable 2FA on your Android device

On your Android phone or tablet, open the device's Settings app, navigate to your Google Account. At the top, go to Security and under "Signing into Google" tap 2-step verfication. Tap Get Started and follow the setps on the screen and select your chosen authenticator app.


Log in with extra protection.

After you hit "Continue," the next time you log in to the account, you will be asked to confirm your password and two-factor authentication, too. Enter the code from the app on your phone or tap the approval message sent to your smartphone.

Setting up your Android device to work with LastPass


You can use phone or tablet to authenticate any device where LastPass is installed

  1. Make sure you are signed into your LastPass account in your browser on a laptop or desktop computer
  2. Download the LastPass Authenticator app to your Android phone or tablet, or choose one of the other available multi-factor authentication options
  3. On your device, in your vault under Account Settings, click on Multifactor Options and click the pencil icon next to LastPass Authenticator
  4. Set “Enabled” to yes and follow the steps to pair the app on your Android with your LastPass account
  5. Next time you log in to your LastPass vault, whether via the browser extension on your computer or the LastPass app on your phone, you’ll also get a notification to your Android phone where you can approve the login



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