Pair an authenticator app with your Microsoft account

You can get security codes by email, phone call or SMS, but an even easier way is to use an authenticator app on your mobile device. Android, iOS, and BlackBerry users can use Google Authenticator, while Windows Phone users can use Microsoft Authenticator.

Likewise, people ask, can I use Google Authenticator for Outlook?

Yes, you can use Google Authenticator for 2-step authentication of accounts. To enable 2-step authentication at, login, then choose “Account Settings”, then “Security info”. From this page you can enable 2-step authentication and manage your authenticator apps.

Secondly, how do I add an account to authenticator? Setup

  1. From your favorite browser, open the Google account security page.
  2. Click on “2-Step Verification”
  3. Under the Authenticator App section, click “Setup”
  4. Choose your device type (Android, iPhone) and click “Next” to reveal a QR code.
  5. Open the Authenticator app on your device.
  6. Tap on “BEGIN SETUP”

Just so, which is better Google Authenticator or Microsoft authenticator?

It will make you realize why Microsoft Authenticator is way better than Google Authenticator. They are both free and don't take much space on your mobile device. You can even add the exact same online sites or services (Amazon, Gmail, Outlook, Microsoft Office 365, etc.) on both the authenticator apps.

How do I bypass Microsoft two step verification?

Turning two-step verification on or off for your Microsoft

  1. Go to Security settings and sign in with your Microsoft account.
  2. Under the Two-step verification section, choose Set up two-step verification to turn it on, or choose Turn off two-step verification to turn it off.
  3. Follow the instructions.

Related Question Answers

Can I use Google Authenticator instead of Microsoft authenticator?

Authenticator apps, like Google Authenticator, run locally on your device and work even if your device doesn't have an Internet connection. Android, iOS, and BlackBerry users can use Google Authenticator, while Windows Phone users can use Microsoft Authenticator.

How do I reset my Microsoft authenticator app?

If this happens during setup:
  1. Open the Microsoft Authenticator companion app on your Watch.
  2. Hold down the side button until the Shutdown screen appears.
  3. Release the side button and hold down the Digital Crown to force quit the active app.

How do I activate the Microsoft authenticator app?

Set up the Microsoft Authenticator app
  1. Install the Microsoft Authenticator app for iOS or Android, then open it.
  2. In the Microsoft Authenticator window, click View your barcode in the “To get started” section at the top of the window.
  3. When prompted, enter your Master Password then click Continue.

How do I recover my Microsoft account?

Go to Recover your account and type in the email address, phone number, or Skype name you use to sign in. Then select Next. We'll ask where you'd like to get your security code. Choose one of the alternate contact email addresses or phone numbers on this account. Then select Next.

How do I get the QR code for my Microsoft authenticator?

Regenerate QR code for my microsoft authenticator
  1. Go to Security & Privacy page > choose Additional security verification > Update my phone numbers used for account security.
  2. After that it will open a new window.
  3. Choose Set up Authenticator app and it will open a pop-up box with QR code so that you can configure the app on your new device.

What can Google Authenticator be used for?

Google Authenticator is a software-based authenticator by Google that implements two-step verification services using the Time-based One-time Password Algorithm (TOTP; specified in RFC 6238) and HMAC-based One-time Password algorithm (HOTP; specified in RFC 4226), for authenticating users of mobile applications.

How do I authenticate my Microsoft account?

Here's how:
  1. Sign in using your Microsoft account email address and password.
  2. Select Security.
  3. Click Update info.
  4. Click Verify next to your security information.
  5. You'll receive a security code via text or email to verify that you're the account owner. Enter the code when you receive it, and then click Verify.

Do I have a Microsoft account?

If you use any Microsoft services (Office, Outlook, etc.), you have a Microsoft account. Go to Microsoft account and select Sign in. Type the email, phone number, or Skype sign-in that you use for other services (Outlook, Office, etc.), then select Next. If you don't have a Microsoft account, you can select No account?

Can I have Microsoft authenticator on two devices?

Microsoft Authenticator app support configure Microsoft accounts (personal account) to multiple devices. But for security purposes, MFA does not support for work or school account with multiple devices.

Is Microsoft authenticator app safe?

Google, Microsoft Authenticator, and other Authentication apps are the next level of protection. They provide the additional layer of security. It means that knowing only the password is not enough now. Even if a thief gets your password he won't get an access to your protected account.

Is Microsoft authenticator free?

With this free app, you can sign into your personal Microsoft account without one. For security, you'll use a fingerprint, face recognition, or a PIN. The Microsoft Authenticator app is available for Android and iOS.

What is the best authenticator app?

  • Google Authenticator: Best overall.
  • LastPass Authenticator: Runner up.
  • Microsoft Authenticator.
  • Authy: Best multi-device solution.
  • Yubico Authenticator.
  • Titan Security Key.

Can you backup Microsoft authenticator?

Microsoft has made available to Android users the ability to do cloud backup and recovery for the Microsoft Authenticator app. Using this feature, Android users can more easily transfer their credentials to new devices when needed.

How do I sync Google Authenticator to multiple devices?

Setting up Google Authenticator on multiple devices
  1. Make sure that you have Google Authenticator downloaded on all devices that you want to use.
  2. Go to the 2-Step Verification section of your Google Account.
  3. If you've already set up Google Authenticator for your account, delete that account from Authenticator.

Is Google Authenticator secure?

Using an authenticator app for two-factor beats SMS, but it's still not the absolute most secure way to go. If you're an activist, journalist, or other potential target of attacks, Google Advanced Protection is the most secure option around. As with so many things, it's a matter of balancing security and convenience.

How do I restore my lost Google Authenticator?

My phone was lost or stolen
  1. Sign in to your account with your username and password.
  2. On the verification code challenge page, click More options.
  3. Click Get help. Request Google's help.
  4. You'll then need to fill out an account recovery form to verify you are authorized to access the account.

How do I change my mobile number on Microsoft authenticator?

Use these steps if you see this screen:
  1. Choose Settings.
  2. Choose Security & Privacy > Additional security verification > Update my phone numbers used for account security.
  3. In the drop down box under What's your preferred option, choose Notify me through app.
  4. Check the box for Microsoft Authenticator app, click Configure.

How do I restore Microsoft authenticator?

To recover your information
  1. On your mobile device, open the Microsoft Authenticator app, and select Begin recovery from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Sign in to your recovery account, using the same personal Microsoft account you used during the backup process. Your account credentials are recovered to the new device.

How does the Microsoft authenticator app work?

How does Microsoft Authenticator work? The app works like most other authentication apps. It generates a string of numbers on a rotating basis of about 30 seconds. In other words, it generates a six digit code every 30 seconds.