This guide will walk you through setting up the identity verification application for your Microsoft account. This will give you an extra step in ensuring that no one else can log into your Microsoft account without your knowledge.
Sign in to your Microsoft account via the link below:
In the top right-hand corner of your account home page you will see a profile picture or an icon displaying your initials. Click on it and then click on My Account in the menu that appears.
A new page opens where you can choose from tabs to see your Install status, see your subscriptions, edit your security & privacy settings, view your app permissions and edit your settings. Click on the option for Security & Privacy to protect your account and configure privacy settings.
In the Security & Privacy tab you may change your password, update your security information and review recent activity pertaining to when you have signed in. Just below these options you will find an option for exploring more security options. Click the link for “Additional security verification” to begin the 2FA configuration process.
Once you have clicked the Additional Security Verification you are presented further options. Click the option for “Update your phone numbers used for account security” to continue.
The additional security verification page shows. Change the following options:
- We’ll use this verification option by default to “Notify me through app”
- Select the option for “Authentication phone”, choose the Area Code for your location and enter your phone number. You can also select and enter an “Alternative authentication phone” and enter the respective information.
- Select the option for “Authenticator app or Token” and click the button labelled as “Set up Authenticator app” to obtain the QR code needed to add your account to the authenticator app. You will need to download the Microsoft Authenticator app for your Windows, Android or IOS phone from your respective app store to be able to scan the presented code.
A dialog box opens with instructions on how to configure your Microsoft Authenticator mobile app. You are presented with a QR Code image which you will need to scan during the process, similar to the image below.
Once you have clicked Get It Now you will be presented with a form to enter the mobile number for the device that you would like to install the Authenticator App on. Choose the appropriate region and enter your number before clicking the button labeled as Send Link.
Once you have installed the Microsoft Authenticator applciation on your device you will then need to sign in to the application with your credentials. See the following video clips which show the process for signing in to the application.
Once you have installed the Authentication application on your device you can now proceed on screen in your browser. You will see a dialog box which states “Finish setting up passwordless sign-in”. Click Next.
Now you’re ready to go. In the following dialog box click Finish.
How it works
Now, anytime you log in to your Microsoft account you will have an extra step of approving login’s via the Authenticator App. You will be presented with the following prompts. One in your browser and the other on your mobile device.
Approve Sign In Prompt In Browser
You will see this prompt in your browser when you are attempting to sign in or access a certain page that requires approval from your Authenticator app.
Approve Sign In Prompt In Authenticator App
On your mobile device you will see the following prompt. Once you click Approve you will gain access.