Google’s Two Step Verification – Two Phone Trick

Google’s Two Step Verification is a great way to ensure your Google account is well protected.   If you only have one Android phone/device stop – you need to go no farther, just follow the instructions on your Google account here.  But how do you use it with two Android phones/devices?

If you’re like me, you’ve found that when one phone is setup the other fails to authenticate and vice versa.  To get them to both to work, I went through the process of setting up one as a new device here.   Now here is the trick, when asked to scan the QR Code, have BOTH phones/devices ready to scan.  Scan them at the same time before proceeding.  Now when asked for the verification code, just pick one code from either phone (odds are they will be different at the start).  Now they will be synchronized and will authenticate without problem.  I found that if both were running the Google Authenticator App, eventually they would show the same codes (but displayed at different times).

My guess is/was by scanning them individually (and not at the same time), each phone’s secret keys are different and thus were generating asynchronous codes. Which is why only the last setup phone would work and not the other.

Hope this works for you like it did for me.  Enjoy!

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Wow! Over 300+ Downloads of the Android Machine Screws Drill/Tap Info App

Thank you all for making this App much more than I ever expected!!  Not sure what this App is?  Head over to the Apps page and see the details here!

In other related news, the Stressed Geek Soundboard is nearing 1000 downloads and will be there sometime next week at its current rate. Again a much better response than I ever expected.

My next app is in the final stages and is undergoing testing and tweaks. It should do well look back here later for more details.

Warm Regards!
~Jim

Machine Screws Drill/Tap Info – update to v1.11

Sorry for all the updates lately!!!

I just want the app to be right and work smooth!   This should be the last update for a while unless users find something I haven’t or there is a feature request that seems feasible to add.

This latest update fixes an annoying bug where the disclaimer screen would keep showing up during device orientation changes (ie going from portrait to landscape).   Also, menus were added to exit the app, re-read the disclaimer, open up the version info page, and view other JimJumps applications!

Yes, I have a couple more app’s planned (it is too early to tell you what they are, but at least one will be engineering related, and one will be a fun one too!).

Thanks to all who have purchased & I really do appreciate the support!

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Jim

Localization . . . wow

I recently added localization (multiple languages) my Android application, while I’m still less than 50 downloads, it was refreshing to see buyers already from Korea and Norway!  Wow.

~J