Backup Code for 2FA Authenticator Apps

There is no built-in way in most Authenticator apps to back the 2FA codes up, but there is still away that you can do this. 

During Authenticator App 2FA setup, you can view the authenticator secret code, which is basically just the QR code in string form.

This secret code can be manually entered into most authenticator apps to restore your 2FA. It's sometimes referred to as a "secret seed code".

If you did not write down or copy this secret code during 2FA setup, there's no way for you (or us) to view it later. You will have to re-setup the 2FA to view it again. 

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Important: the authenticator secret code should be treated the same as a password! If not securely stored, it can be compromised and used to gain access to your account.

  • Never share your secret code with anyone!
  • Kraken will never ask for your secret code.

A more secure alternative to copying your secret code would be to set up a master key using another authenticator app or a Yubikey.