Google Authenticator App Crashes on iOS 14.2 Solution

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Google Authenticator App Crashes on iOS 14.2 Solution

With the new release of iOS 14.2 for iPhone, there have been major reported problems of the Google Authenticator app crashing every time it is opened.  With many designers, developers and project managers using Google Authenticator to gain access to their hosting servers, domain registrars, DNS managers, etc. this can quickly become a major issue.  While we all know we’re ‘supposed‘ to keep tabs on our Google Authenticator backup codes, they can sometimes be lost in the madness of everyday work.

Good news is there’s a quick and easy workaround to get you back on track.  I’ve tested this process on three iPhones and it’s worked without issue on each.

Step #1
On your iPhone, go to Settings –> General –> iPhone Storage and select the Google Authenticator app from the list of apps.

Step #2
Once you have the Google Authenticator app selected, click Offload App.  What this does is uninstall the Google Authenticator app but keeps all the data stored on the phone.

Step #3
Go back to your iPhone home screen and find the Google Authenticator app icon which will be grayed out indicating it has been uninstalled and offloaded.  Click the app icon to re-install the app.  Once the app is re-installed, you should be able to open it and your authenticator codes will be back as normal.

While this is not my typical WordPress related post, I felt it was affecting enough devs and designers in the community to warrant a quick post.  Hopefully, Google will push an app update for Google Authenticator in the near future and this article will no longer be relevant but until then, I hope this makes somebody’s day a little less stressful.

Enjoy 🙂


  1. Marc says:

    Great, worked here as well, thanks for sharing!

  2. J says:

    God bless you! Worked!

  3. Mustafa says:

    You are a lifesaver mate ! Thank you so much

  4. volker says:

    very much appreciated

  5. dany says:

    effing life saver

  6. Gerton says:

    You are a gem! Thanks for posting this.

  7. Pete says:

    Worked as advertised

  8. Paul says:

    Offloading worked. I followed the steps and offloaded, (Not deleted), and it immediately gave the option to re-install the app which I did. I then tested the Google Authenticator app and it opened with all of my different site codes working. THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME DAYS OF TRYING TO RESET ALL OF MY 2FA!

  9. ŁatinSlovak says:

    Works like a charm!!!

  10. Mitch says:

    Thank you !! Worked like a charm

  11. Colin says:

    You’re a saint. Worked perfectly.

  12. Dee says:

    Worked and saved all my data!! Thank you!

  13. Graham Heath says:

    +1, this worked for me

  14. daniel says:

    thanks you saved me from a lot of swearing and a loss of money

  15. Judy says:

    Amazing – it worked!!!! Thank you

  16. Andrew says:

    Thanks very much .. I felt tears welling up before I found your fix! 🙂


  17. HH says:

    Thanks for the tips.

  18. Real says:

    Thank you very much!

  19. Scott says:

    Thank you. I appreciate the help.

  20. Shayna says:

    THANK YOU!!!! (All caps …because I’m so grateful!)

  21. Michaël Metzemakers says:

    You are a hero! Thanks for saving my day

  22. Ruth Morello says:

    Thank you so much! This saved me a whole lot of panic!

  23. Sam says:

    You’re the man and hero of the day! THANKS!

  24. Rorie says:

    Ta mate , worked like a charm.

  25. Dee says:

    Thank you!!! Great save!

  26. Shari Noonan says:

    Thank you! Saved my day

  27. JP says:

    Thanks! For those that have loads of apps,.. it’s size is circa 10-20mb when going through the list

  28. anna says:

    seriously – thank you!

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