I’ve already tried it some while ago and today I tried it again, but to no avail.
I want to enable 2FA for my Google account with a 3rd party authenticator app, without me providing a phone number to my Google account. I know that if I provide a phone number to my Google account, they will never again allow it to be removed from my account. Because my account was created back in better times, I still had the possibility to create the account without providing any phone number, so I am still lucky to have an account without a linked phone number.
I wonder if anyone found a way to use 2FA for Google through an app without providing a phone number.
I strictly oppose the idea of linking a phone number to my Google account, not only because of security reasons, but also because of reliability reasons as my phone number changes frequently, anyway. So I could even lose my account over this phone number bullshit.
I have little hope, but I know that there was a hacky way of using a 3rd party app for Battle.net, even though it is politically not supported. Though, using a special program you could still do it. I wonder if this is possible for Google, as well.
All this wouldn’t be an issue, if most people weren’t stupid enough to plainly accept bullshit terms that are forced upon them by some huge corporations. Generation “ok, fine” is a huge problem in today’s society…