Operating systems: Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux
Twilio Authy’s main advantage is its comprehensive cross-platform support. Not only does Authy offer versions for all current operating systems, but also, the app syncs them all handily. That easy access does come with one disadvantage, though. The app requires an account linked to your phone number to work at all.
The app’s interface looks very different from those of other authenticators. Instead of a list, it has something like a set of tabs, so at any given moment, it displays only the selected token, leaving the rest to appear as small icons that you can switch between at the bottom of the screen. If you have a lot of tokens, that can be inconvenient. Desktop users can display tokens as a list, but the option isn’t available in the mobile version.
- PIN-, fingerprint-, or Face ID–protected access,
- Cloud backup/sync,
- Availability for all popular operating systems,
- Support for Apple Watch (iOS version),
- Ability to search by token.
- Requires an account linked to a phone number,
- Displays only one token at a time,
- Inconvenience of searching for tokens,
- Inability to hide the active token’s code,
- Inability to export and import tokens.
You cannot use Twilio Authy without setting up an account, and the smartphone interface isn’t as user friendly as we’d like it to be, but with apps for all operating systems syncing perfectly with one another, this app may be worth a look.
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