Microsoft Authenticator allows you to sign in securely to all of your online accounts with multi-factor authentication, passwordless or password autofill. Additional account management options are available for Microsoft personal, school and work accounts.
Multi-factor authentication: How to get started
Multi factor authentication (MFA), or two-factor authentication (2FA), adds an additional layer of security. Multi-factor authentication allows you to log in by entering your password. Then, you will be asked for additional proof that it is you. You can either approve the Microsoft Authenticator notification or enter the OTP (one-time password) generated by the app. OTP codes are one-time passwords that have a 30-second countdown. This is to ensure that you don’t use the same time-based password (TOTP) twice, and you don’t have to memorize the number. One-time passwords (OTP) don’t need to be connected to any network and won’t drain your battery. Multiple accounts can be added to your app. This includes non-Microsoft accounts such as Facebook, Amazon and Google.
Get started with passwordless
To log in to your Microsoft account, use your phone and not your password. Enter your username and then confirm the email sent to you. This two-step verification process will require you to enter your username and then approve the notification sent to your phone. Once you have signed in using two-factor authentication (2FA), all Microsoft products and services such as Outlook and OneDrive will be available to you.
Autofill: How to get started
Microsoft Authenticator app also allows you to autofill passwords. To sync passwords and save passwords in Microsoft Edge, sign-in to the Passwords tab of the Authenticator app. Set Microsoft Authenticator as your default autofill provider to start filling passwords for apps and websites you visit from your mobile. Multi-factor authentication protects your passwords. To access your mobile and fill out passwords automatically, you will need to verify your identity with your fingerprint, face ID or PIN. Import passwords from Google Chrome or other password managers is also possible.
Microsoft accounts for personal, school and work
Sometimes, your school or work might require you to use the Microsoft Authenticator for certain files, email, or apps. Register your device to your school or work account through the app. Microsoft Authenticator supports cert-based authentication. Your device will be issued a certificate. This will notify your organization that the sign-in request came from a trusted device. It will also allow you to seamlessly and securely access other Microsoft apps and services, without having to log in each one. Microsoft Authenticator supports single-sign-on so that once you have verified your identity, you won’t need to log back in to any other Microsoft apps.
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