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New Android Feature Hopes to Make Entering 2FA Codes From SMS Easier


Feb. 11, 2020

The feature is currently said to be rolling out to select users.
Android currently has an SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA) method for auto filling codes sent over SMS. The limitation with this method is that for it to work, developers have to code it in their apps. About a year ago, a Google Play Services update mentioned a new "verification code autofill" setting that, according to users, is finally rolling out. This means users are now able to autofill SMS 2FA codes from any app, whether or not the developers have coded the support for it in their apps or not.
If you have the aforementioned versions of Messages app and Google Play Services and want to enable this feature, you can go into Settings > Google > Verification code autofill and toggle the Autofill verification codes option. Bear in mind the option will be there even if the feature doesn't work. Another step involved in making this work is to make sure the autofill service is enabled. All autofill services regardless of it being a third-party one or Google's own service, the settings toggle should work.
The “Autofill code from Messages” is expected to roll out to more devices over the coming weeks and you can enable the toggle to see if it works for you. If not, you can still manually input your verification codes but that involves a few extra steps.
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