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Authy discontinues its desktop authenticator apps on March 19, 2024 – MacRumors

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Authy, the two-factor authentication (2FA) service, says its desktop apps for macOS, Windows and Linux will reach end-of-life on March 19, 2024.

Twilio, the company that owns Authy, revealed the decision in an updated support article on Wednesday. It didn’t say whether the Authy Desktop apps would stop working after that date or simply no longer receive updates, but the company confirmed that its mobile apps would continue to be maintained.

As one of the few third-party 2FA code generation apps on Mac, the loss of Authy Desktop is likely to disappoint users who have become accustomed to logging into 2FA-protected accounts from their computers rather than having to take out their phone, where most 2FA apps are usually available.

For users in this position who own a Mac powered by Apple Silicon, Authy suggests downloading the iOS version of the app to their computer. Otherwise, Authy recommends using the mobile version instead or switching to another authenticator app. The bad news is that anyone who wants to completely switch to another 2FA app will have to first disable 2FA on all of their stored accounts, as Authy doesn’t have an export feature.

At the start of the year, Authy announced that it would shut down its desktop app in August 2024 and therefore brought forward its decision to terminate the app by several months. The company said its decision to remove its desktop versions was made to “streamline our focus and bring more value to existing product solutions for which we are seeing growing demand.”

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