Bitwarden Authenticator

Bitwarden Authenticator

Bitwarden Authenticator is a mobile authentication app you can use to verify your identity for websites and apps that use two-factor authentication (2FA). Bitwarden Authenticator generates 5-10 digit time-based one-time passwords (TOTPs), by default using SHA-1 and rotating them every 30 seconds.

Bitwarden Authenticator
Bitwarden Authenticator

Add codes

In the website or app you're trying to setup 2FA for, navigate to their 2FA screen and either Scan a QR code or Add a code manually:

  1. Tap the icon.

  2. Point your camera at the QR code. Scanning will happen automatically.

  1. Tap the icon.

  2. Tap Enter key manually at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Enter the name of the website or app in the Name field.

  4. Enter the Authenticator key offered by the website or app. Some services refer to this as a "secret key" or "TOTP seed".

Edit an item

Long-press an entry on the Verification codes screen to make changes to it. Aside from changing the name and secret you've already added, you can:

  • Add a Username to the item. Use this field when you have multiple accounts for the same website and require a separate verification code per account.

  • Change the Algorithm used to generate the code. By default, Bitwarden Authenticator uses SHA-1.

  • Change the Refresh period for the code. By default, Bitwarden Authenticator uses 30 seconds.

  • Change the Number of digits for the code. By default, Bitwarden Authenticator uses 6 digits.

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Algorithm, Refresh period, and Number of digits are determined by the site you're using the verification code with. Do not change these settings for an item unless that website requires it or allows you to customize verification code behavior.

Use codes

To use a verification code once the secret for that account is stored in Bitwarden Authenticator, open Bitwarden Authenticator and tap the entry to copy its verification code to your clipboard. Then, paste the verification code in the input for the website or app you're logging in to.

Export data

To export data from Bitwarden Authenticator, open the Settings tab and tap the Export button. You can choose to export your data as a .json or .csv file.

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Your exported data will include an otpauth://totp/?secret= string for each entry. Should you wish to store this data elsewhere or set up a second authenticator app, this is the most important data to save.

FAQs

Q: Is the new Bitwarden Authenticator part of Bitwarden Password Manager?

A: Bitwarden Authenticator is a standalone app that is available for everyone, even non-Bitwarden customers. Bitwarden Password Manager will retain an integrated authenticator available for users with premium or members of paid organizations.

Q: Can I use the Bitwarden Authenticator to add 2FA to my Bitwarden account?

A: Yes! Since Bitwarden Authenticator allows you to store codes outside of your Bitwarden account, this app can be used to add 2FA to your Bitwarden account.

Q: How do I set this app as my default verification code app on iOS?

A: iOS users running iOS 16+ can set any application as the default for storing verification codes when scanning codes directly from the camera app, including Bitwarden Authenticator and Password Manager integrated authentication. To set this up:

  1. Open the iOS Settings app on your device.

  2. Tap Passwords.

  3. Tap Password Options.

  4. Select an app from the Set Up Codes In dropdown in the Verification Codes section.

Q: When should I use this standalone app as opposed to the integrated authenticator?

A: Apart from using the standalone app to setup 2FA for your Bitwarden account, you can use either app to store and generate verification codes for all your other accounts. They can be used together, or separately, depending on your security preferences.

Q: How is my data stored and protected?

A: Your authentication keys (sometimes referred to as "secret keys" or "TOTP seeds") and all associated metadata are stored in a local database on your device. This data is not synced to Bitwarden servers. A backup of your data is made by your device's cloud backup system, for example by iCloud or Google One. To protect the data in your app, you can also setup biometric login.

Q: How do I backup and restore my data?

A: A backup of your data is made by your device's cloud backup system, for example by iCloud or Google One. To restore your data, restore your device's cloud backup.

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