August 14, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google appears to have backtracked on a new feature it recently added to the Authenticator app.
  • The app no longer requires you to tap on a hidden security code to reveal your 2FA code.
  • It has also received a minor improvement as part of a new Play Store update.

Google introduced a new feature to its Authenticator app back in May, allowing users to view their security code by tapping. While innocuous, the feature was viewed as an unnecessary addition to the app, and Google now seems to have come to that realization.

As spotted by 9to5Google (opens in new tab), the Google Authenticator app no longer shows a prompt asking you to tap to reveal your two-factor authentication code on the screen. Previously, it would hide all of your security codes from immediate view. This meant you could only see the 2FA combinations you’d need by tapping on a corresponding item. This kept strangers from beathing down your neck and stealing your security code for nefarious purposes.