iOS 15 Password Manager will feature Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA/2FA) using Verification Codes - it's time to Remove Google Authenticator.

With the release of iOS 15, Apple intends to tighten security and make it easier for users to protect their accounts online, with inbuilt Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) or Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) verification codes.

There’s a lot of people starting to shift away from tools like 1Password, and iCloud is certainly a convenient option.

Unlike other authenticator apps which generate tokens every 60 seconds, the iCloud Keychain will generate codes every 30 seconds.

This might seem too quick, however the verification codes are built into the iOS so it will be much easier to enter the codes directly through the browser without needing to copy and paste the codes – more secure and easier.

Generate verification codes needed for additional sign-in security. If a site offers two-factor authentication, you can set up verification codes under Passwords in Settings — no need to download an additional app. Once set up, verification codes autofill when you sign in to the site.

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Even better, your iCloud Verification Codes will syncronise across all of your devices.

How many times have you left your phone in the other room which you’re on MacOS, soon the codes you setup on your iPhone will be available on your iPad and MacOS for seamless access.

How to

  1. Open your iPhone Settings then Passwords
  2. Next you’ll see a list of your website which you’ve previously saved in your iCloud keychain
  3. Tap on the website you need to setup an authentication code for, if not, add it to the list
  4. Next, tap the Set Up Verification Code button

Just like any other Authenticator App (Google/Microsoft) you can then:

a) Either copy and paste the code from your service provider, or
b) Scan the QR code instead

Setup directly via Facebook App (example)

Alternatively, you can setup Two-Factor Authentication from within apps directly, if the developer has enabled this.

For example, the Facebook App has already updated with a shortcut to add the Verification Code.

  1. Open Facebook App
  2. Tap Settings under Settings and Privacy menu

  3. Then choose Password and security options

  4. Then Use two-factor authentication

  5. Then tap Authenticator App

  6. On the next page tap the button Set up on same device

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