How to Setup and Configure Microsoft Authenticator

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Thursday, 2 June, 2022

How to Setup and Configure Microsoft Authenticator

In order to set up and configure Microsoft Authenticator, you can follow the steps mentioned below to add your two-factor verification and password reset methods. Once done you can return to the Security info page to add, update, or delete your security information according to your wish.

Steps to set up the Microsoft Authenticator application

  1. In order to set up first of all you need to Sign in to your work or school account and then switch to your My Account portal, from there select Security info in the left menu, or by using the link on the Security info page, you’ll be prompted for two-factor verification if you have already registered.
  2. Then, select Add method on the Security info
  3. Now on the Add a method page, select Authenticator app from the list, and then select Add.
  4. You have to select Download now to download and install the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device, and then select 
  5. Now Select on I want to use a different authenticator app, If you want to use an authenticator app other than the Microsoft Authenticator app. Also if your organization lets you choose a different method besides the authenticator app, you can select I want to set up a different method.
  6. Remain on the Set up your account page while you set up the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device.
  7. Now you have to open the Microsoft Authenticator app, select to allow notifications once prompted, select Add Account from the Customize and control icon on the upper-right, and then select Work or school account.
  8. Now again return to the Set up your account page on your computer, and then select Next. The Scan the QR code page appears.
  9. Scan the provided code with the Microsoft Authenticator app QR code reader, which appeared on your mobile device after you created your work or school account
  10. Also, if the QR code reader can’t read the code, you can select Can’t scan the QR code and manually enter the code and URL into the Microsoft Authenticator app for the smooth running up
  11. Now in order to test the account, select Next on the Scan the QR codepage on your computer. A notification is sent to the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device for the same
  12. Once prompted you to have to approve the notification in the Microsoft Authenticator app and then select Next.
  13. Your security info is updated to use the Microsoft Authenticator app by default to verify your identity when using a two-step verification or password reset.
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