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How to Setup Google Authenticator for WordPress Two Factor Authenticator?

One of the most popular authentication methods to secure a user account is through using the Google Authenticator. It is used for two-factor authentication (2FA), which adds an additional step to the login process to verify your identity and enhance the security of your accounts. Let's get started with the Google authenticator set up to make the user's account more secure.

Check out WordPress 2-Factor Authentication plugin to know more about other features provided.

You can download miniOrange2-Factor Authentication(2FA) plugin using the following link:

This plugin can be configured for any TOTP-based/OTP Login 2fa methods like Duo/Microsoft/Google Authenticator. It supports OTP login based 2fa methods [24/7 SUPPORT]

  Tested with 6.0.1

Follow these steps to set up Google Authenticator:

  • Go to your WordPress instance and log in as an administrator.
  • Click on the miniOrange 2-factor plugin from the left menu.
  • miniOrange Google Authenticator - WordPress Dashboard
  • Here, you can see the Authentication methods available in the free version of the miniOrange 2-factor plugin. Click on the Configure button underneath the Google Authenticator tab.
  • miniOrange Google Authenticator - click configure button

  • Redirect to the Confuguration page. Select Google Authenticator from the given dropdown list.
  • Click on the provided link to install the Google Authenticator app, or install it from the Google Play Store or the App Store.
  • The Google Authenticator App keeps the security keys of multiple accounts; this can lead to confusion when identifying the secret key to use with the plugin, So miniOrange provides a feature to customize the App name for the google-authenticator.
  • Customize your name in the text field highlighted and then click on the Save App Name button.
  • miniOrange Google Authenticator - Change App name

  • Now, open the Google Authenticator app on your phone and select Scan a QR code.
  • After that, scan the given QR code with the Authenticator app and enter the security code text box provided, click on the Verify and Save button for verification.
  • miniOrange Google Authenticator - Enter Verification code

  • Google Authenticator has been set as your 2-factor authentication method.
  • After that click on the Test it! button.
  • miniOrange Google Authenticator - Click Test It button

  • Now you can show the Test Google Authenticator page.
  • Enter the verification code from the configured account in your Google Authenticator app.
  • Then click on the Submit button.
  • miniOrange Google Authenticator - Click Submit button

  • After this setup, Google authenticator gets prompted as a 2nd Factor authentication when logging into WordPress.
  • Enter your login credential and click on the Log In button.
  • miniOrange Google Authenticator - Enter login Credentials

  • For any new login, you need to enter the security code shown in the authenticator app and click on the Validate button to log in to the site.
  • miniOrange Google Authenticator - Click Validate button

  • Now your account is secure and only after verification will you be able to log in.
  • miniOrange Google Authenticator - logged in successfully

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