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FrostedWaffle

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Google Pixel 6 Pro
So I just got my Pixel 6 Pro and I've been loving it, except for the fact that I never get any Google Account sign in prompts on it. My Oneplus 8, which is signed in to the same Google Account, does get the prompts, as well as my Pixel 4. Has anyone else had this issue/has any insight into this?
 

96carboard

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Are you talking about 2FA prompts?

Edit: If that's what you're talking about, there is a better way.

First off, the automatic prompts method of 2FA has one VERY serious drawback, which is that it is completely proprietary and depends on access to your google account in order to authenticate with your google account. This can lead to a paradox in that you need the code to access the account in order to get the code. Obviously this is a bad place to end up.

So my suggestion is that either instead of or in addition to this method, you should also set it up for TOTP. This means that you don't need access to the google account in order to generate the authentication code -- just the secret and the current time.

So start off the enrollment process here; https://myaccount.google.com/signinoptions/to-step-verification/enroll-welcome . Select "authenticator app". It will tell you to download and install the GOOGLE authenticator application, BUT, you can use *any* TOTP application of your choosing. I suggest andOTP, which is open source: https://f-droid.org/en/packages/org.shadowice.flocke.andotp/ . The google website will show a QR code, which you can scan with andOTP, which will then be able to generate 6 digit authentication codes.

The really great thing about andOTP is that its settings can be exported/backed up, which means that you can keep the code in a safe place in case you lose everything, then you can regain access to your account. And the even better part is that you don't even need to use andOTP to generate codes when you have the secret. On Linux, you can use 'oathtool' to generate the codes.
 
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    Are you talking about 2FA prompts?

    Edit: If that's what you're talking about, there is a better way.

    First off, the automatic prompts method of 2FA has one VERY serious drawback, which is that it is completely proprietary and depends on access to your google account in order to authenticate with your google account. This can lead to a paradox in that you need the code to access the account in order to get the code. Obviously this is a bad place to end up.

    So my suggestion is that either instead of or in addition to this method, you should also set it up for TOTP. This means that you don't need access to the google account in order to generate the authentication code -- just the secret and the current time.

    So start off the enrollment process here; https://myaccount.google.com/signinoptions/to-step-verification/enroll-welcome . Select "authenticator app". It will tell you to download and install the GOOGLE authenticator application, BUT, you can use *any* TOTP application of your choosing. I suggest andOTP, which is open source: https://f-droid.org/en/packages/org.shadowice.flocke.andotp/ . The google website will show a QR code, which you can scan with andOTP, which will then be able to generate 6 digit authentication codes.

    The really great thing about andOTP is that its settings can be exported/backed up, which means that you can keep the code in a safe place in case you lose everything, then you can regain access to your account. And the even better part is that you don't even need to use andOTP to generate codes when you have the secret. On Linux, you can use 'oathtool' to generate the codes.