Use Microsoft Authenticator for easy, secure sign-ins for all your online accounts using multi-factor authentication, passwordless, or password autofill. You also have additional account management options for your Microsoft personal, work or school accounts.
Getting started with multi-factor authentication
Multi factor authentication (MFA) or two factor authentication (2FA) provides a second layer of security. When logging in with multi-factor authentication, you’ll enter your password, and then you’ll be asked for an additional way to prove it’s really you. Either approve the notification sent to the Microsoft Authenticator, or enter the one-time password (OTP) generated by the app. The one-time passwords (OTP codes) have a 30 second timer counting down. This timer is so you never have to use the same time-based one-time password (TOTP) twice and you don’t have to remember the number. The one-time password (OTP) doesn’t require you to be connected to a network, and it won’t drain your battery. You can add multiple accounts to your app, including non-Microsoft accounts like Facebook, Amazon, Dropbox, Google, LinkedIn, GitHub, and more.
Getting started with passwordless
Use your phone, not your password, to log into your Microsoft account. Just enter your username, then approve the notification sent to your phone. Your fingerprint, face ID, or PIN will provide a second layer of security in this two-step verification process. After you’ve signed in with two factor authentication (2FA), you’ll have access to all your Microsoft products and services, such as Outlook, OneDrive, Office, and more.
Getting started with autofill
Microsoft Authenticator app can also autofill passwords for you. Sign-in on the Passwords tab inside the Authenticator app with your personal Microsoft account to start syncing passwords, including the passwords saved in Microsoft Edge. Make Microsoft Authenticator the default autofill provider and start autofilling passwords on apps and sites you visit on your mobile. Your passwords are protected with multi-factor authentication in the app. You will need to prove yourself with your fingerprint, face ID, or PIN to access and autofill passwords on your mobile. You can also import passwords from Google Chrome and other password managers.
Microsoft personal, work or school accounts
Sometimes your work or school might ask you to install the Microsoft Authenticator when accessing certain files, emails, or apps. You will need to register your device to your organization through the app and add your work or school account. Microsoft Authenticator also supports cert-based authentication by issuing a certificate on your device. This will let your organization know that the sign-in request is coming from a trusted device and help you seamlessly and securely access additional Microsoft apps and services without needing to log into each. Because Microsoft Authenticator supports single sign-on, once you have proven your identity once, you will not need to log in again to other Microsoft apps on your device.
Microsoft Authenticator Positive Reviews
Best authentication app I’ve used by farThis authentication app provides multitudes of features that allow users to authenticate in many different ways and allows for more than just two steps in verifying your identity—providing for an even more secure experience, if that’s what you’re looking for. I previously used Google Authenticator for most of my accounts and ended up losing a couple accounts over that. This app pulled the rug from under Google’s alternative and forced them to update their app after two years to make it actually usable for their consumers. Even after the updates, this app reigns supreme with the great abundance of security features it provides to users. Although the smoothness in transitions and smooth feel of the app overall be better, the UI is modern and I applaud Microsoft for that. I’d also like to applaud them for pushing the application heavily on their website. Even more people deserve to know about it and I believe it should be also pushed in advertisements. All in all, this is as close to perfection any authentication app has ever gotten and by far..Version: 6.5.4
Great on iPhone Watch app is a bustAuthenticator works very well on iPhone. It has been solid and reliable where i use it on a number of accounts. 5 stars. I was excited to hear a Apple Watch version came out. That is a complete bust, not working at all. Zero stars. The Watch app does nothing but declare that an account can be set up. Fiddling with it for a half hour gave the proclamation ‘setup successful’. Still not producing codes like it should I discovered to my dismay that the iPhone version crashed and had to be removed and reinstalled. Suggestion: take the Watch app off the store until it is properly documented and can be made to work. 5 stars for iPhone app, 0 for watch gives an average of 2.5 or 3..Version: 6.0.5
This app is greatSo a few months ago I got my Xbox account hacked and I was really sad about it because I had lost a lot. Including my games ect. But then I found out the hacker stole my email and put it in this app because at the time I didn’t have this app. So that was a good lesson for me to use this app always and it’s absolutely fantastic because I have a lot of emails like work, school, and gaming of course but I feel like all my emails are super secure also I like the fact that when trying to log into another site with your email you have to get permission from the Authenticator app before you can do anything so if someone gets ahold of your email then they can’t log in at all..Version: 6.2.5
Wonderful app, but two things could be improvedLet me start by saying this app works perfectly, the interface is nice, and it is responsive to sign-in requests. I really like the ability to lock the app with Touch ID, but I would like it even better if the iPhone passcode couldn’t be used to unlock after a failed Touch ID attempt. Also, I would really like the ability to disable password sign-in to my Microsoft account on new devices after setting up Authenticator. One last request, that has no impact on function whatsoever, but every other Microsoft app has a nice unified style to the app icons, so Microsoft, can we have a new icon? Please?.Version: 6.5.29
Good app. Using it for yearsMy company requires us to use 2FA. I liked this one because the Tap to authenticate is very easy to use (It’s integrated with O365 too). No codes to type in. The Watch app makes life really easy - it pops up and I Tap my wrist and I’m in.
4 stars because 2FA can be a pita. ESP on password change day. Every MS product makes me authenticate individually. Office, OneDrive, Teams, Windows. Ugh. At least it just a tap.
I use it for home too. Except on my personal laptop. Why? Because 2FA is a pita at night. Having to go downstairs to find my phone just to login. I just want to look something up real quick but the 30day trust has expired and needs to be renewed. I grow tired of it in my house. Usually my iPad is nearer :-).Version: 6.3.29
Not very friendly with iOS 14 and other apps it’s linked toHad to do my monthly password update/login protocol. Outlook states to enter password, click that and Authenticator opens up. Clicking continue does nothing except takes you to a blank screen with get codes on the top right. The only thin to do is to click that. It ask for your fingerprint and crashes right after. Reporting the issues says to contact my works IT because this couldn’t be their fault at all. Checked to see when their last update was and it was four weeks ago.Version: 6.4.26
IPhone app works; watch, not anymoreThis app used to be great. Somebody recently got the idea to add some additional “security theatre” to it, and now it’s a mess. Used to be you’d get a notice on your phone and after FaceID, you could just approve from the Home Screen. Now, you have to swipe and click your way through into the app to approve. Same used to be true on the watch. Used to be able to approve with the tap of my watch; no more. Now it displays no account information from the phone, and basically just announces the approval, which you have to approve in the phone app. As an added bonus, if you dismiss the approval on your watch, the announcement on your phone goes away too. So, the app functions, but usability is gone..Version: 6.5.4
Was great on Watch but not nowBeen using this app for a long time. Works superbly. Recently gave error message that something had changed on the phone and permission needed to given again but after resetting by signing in with password it now seems to work well again on the phone.
Unfortunately when I try to sign in it sends approval to both the app and phone as in the past but only seems to work on the phone. When I try to approve on the watch now it just gives an “Something Happened...” error.
Not sure if this fixable by a Microsoft software update or things just need to be reset due to poor communication between the phone and watch..Version: 6.5.4
Watch app is not up to park with Phone appI don't believe I've ever been able to get the Authenticator app to work properly with push notifications on the Apple Watch. I get the notification on the Watch just fine. I approve it, select the correct number shown on the screen, then it thinks for a second and says "Something went wrong." I pull out my phone and perform the same steps and it works great, Face ID and all that goodness on the phone. This issue has persisted two different phones, multiple app updates, and different IOS builds. Not sure if MS will ever fix it but I'll hold out hope for them to fix the otherwise great service..Version: 6.3.7
Great ButLove it for how it works as a remote Authenticator for OneDrive & Outlook, and especially for work to authenticate with TouchID when logging in to work resources.
BUT - really frustrated by how you lose 2 factor or step linkage to services when you have to restore your iPhone (either from having to erase or moving to a new iPhone) and now I’ve lost login access to some services I used it with for 2 factor. One in particular doesn’t even offer email temporary recovery so I have to completely wipe my settings and information to re-establish access..Version: 5.7.0
Convenience without compromising securityMicrosoft Authenticator is the best MFA app. Since I use my Microsoft account all the time, having a second factor in authenticating gives me assurance & security. And the way it’s implemented is perfect—it sends me a notification, I select a number that matches with the browser, and scan my fingerprint (Touch ID). Amazing! And I can also add 2FA codes of other apps/sites such as Google & Facebook. The app also has iCloud backup & app lock with a passcode & biometrics..Version: 6.3.22
Could we get codes on the watch?Microsoft Authenticator is an amazing app, works perfectly for me and I love how I can use passwordless sign-in for my Microsoft account. Super convenient with an Apple Watch. One thing I wish was added though is the ability to generate 2FA codes with the Apple Watch app. I know some other 2FA apps can do this so I’d love it if it would be added to MS Auth. That would make this app a 5/5.
Also, to the person who is upset that codes are now hidden by default: you can change that. Tap the three lines in the top left and then just tap “Show codes”. Voila. Codes are back..Version: 6.4.3
Makes logging in and phone migration a piece of cakeThis app is great. Not only can I get 2FA codes, but the push to login to Outlook is awesome. I no longer use a password. Logging in should always be like this.
Today, I discovered a new feature, all my codes got automatically migrated when I logged into my outlook account in my new phone. That process used to take five hours setting up a dozen new 2FA codes on all my accounts.
Thank you Microsoft for solving this use case. Excellent app!.Version: 6.5.38
Not syncing with watch appI’ve installed and reinstalled the watch app a number of times and it still doesn’t sync with the phone app. In fact it it doesn’t see to recognize the phone app at all. What little help I’ve found on the web did not answer my question. It asked me to set up my two MS accounts and that’s as far as it got. I have about 20 non MS accounts that work fine in the phone app but don’t show up in the watch app..Version: 6.4.41
Unique feature to backup / restore for iPhoneThe best app just because it has very helpful feature to backup ALL accounts in iCloud (iPhone only) and restore them all on new iPhone (or after reset). Very useful feature, not supported by any other Authenticator app, ie all other ones require both new AND old phone, but with MS Authenticator you can just restore everything to the new phone from backup !!! High five to MS !!!.Version: 6.3.23
The Gold StandardIf every authentication app worked like this, they might be used more. This app is by far more useful than the Google competitor. Having to use both, since some accounts only work on one or the other, I much prefer to use Microsoft. The simple act of hitting approve or selecting a number makes signing in a breeze. This is what the future of logging in should be like..Version: 5.6.0
Great, But it has a security flawI have activated the notification of the app so I can see sign-in requests, I have also activated the app lock mechanism so no one could see my codes.
But when I get a notification and I tap on it, the app opens locked but it shows me a request that says "approve sign-in?". Anyone with access to my phone can approve it.
Sorry to post here but I couldn't find contact info of developers of this app on Microsoft website , I can provide Screenshot if needed..Version: 6.3.23
App is great but Apple Watch not workingEvery time I try using it. It tells me “Get started by adding a personal Microsoft account on the phone app”. A what the hell does that even mean? I have a Microsoft account (MSN on iPhone accounts) have the authenticator app and it generates codes fine. Also added my MSN account on my Apple Watch. Deleted the app on the watch. Restarted phone. Installed again and still the same message.
What the hell is the “phone app”? If that means the Watch App on the iPhone then yes I added my MSN there....Version: 6.4.3
Nice, but after the latest update...After the last update of March 2020, the audible notification no longer works. I checked every setting in the Settings and even deleted and reinstalled twice. Also, after approving, I’ve found that the notification is still there at the bottom of the screen when I open the iPhone main screen after the screen is off..Version: 6.4.1
Great tool, getting betterUse it daily to secure my access to online services.
Would really rate it 4.5 stars. One thing I now need is the ability to search. Categorizing would be nice too, but need search first as my list of services has grown significantly.
Maybe let us change the icon used (especially since some services have none) so it is more recognizable..Version: 6.4.26
Watch app makes this!This app makes using Microsoft SSO extremely fluid. Having approve/dent on the watch is very smooth and fast.
There are a few rough edges though. The new update to having “App Lock” on by default breaks the usefulness of the watch app. Since it’s already linked to my wrist, it shouldn’t be impacted by the App Lock toggle. Second issue is that I’ve yet to have the iCloud backup recover successfully. When getting a new phone I inevitably have to do recovery methods and reset it in horribly confusing backend of Microsoft’s identity management..Version: 6.4.26
Warning! This can be used steal acct infoHello,
This is a PSA for parents. This app can be used to authorise account info to be shared. A person tricked my son into download this app and sharing my account info. In minutes purchases were made on my Xbox account off my CC. Took awhile to to recover my Xbox account and they deleted my Microsoft account email. So watch out!
Don’t know much about the app except this was able to easily send my info to someone else password and all! I’m sure if used correctly it’s just fine. Not downing the app just a PSA..Version: 6.4.3
Decent but needs workI really like the MS Authenticator and the setup works well and it’s easy to use. The issue is when you juggle multiple devices with differing OS’s or you get a new phone or device. You basically have to setup many or most of your 2FA’s all over again. I have a backup on iCloud from my iPhone but it does not seem to have a way to just open that backup or import it into my iPad Pro. I like it overall but it honestly has a ways to go before I can fully use it..Version: 6.5.38
Microsoft Authenticator is superior to Google AuthenticatorAfter switching iOS devices for all my Google Authenticator accounts I had to set them up manually, each individual one. The Microsoft authenticator allows you to back up the keys and reload them on the device through the cloud. Don’t waste your time with Google Authenticator..Version: 6.4.16
Worked well until iOS 14 updateThe app still works well, however the watch approval for office 365 account approval has stopped working both for my business and for my personal 365 accounts. Both accounts show up on the phone and watch, and I get an alert on my watch to approve the login, however I get a message on my watch that “something has gone wrong”. I have removed both the App from my watch and my iPhone. Otherwise worked great to approve login!.Version: 6.4.26
ICloud Backup is ClutchMS Authenticator is my go to because of the backup. The interface has seen lots of improvements and corrections when an change makes it worse. The watch app is fairly useless though. I would give 5 stars if the watch allowed me to approve or deny or see the codes.
A bonus would be to allow some (if app lock is enabled) or all (if not enabled) codes could be visible through an widget..Version: 6.4.26
Backup/restore still don’t workIt is easy to get locked out of your MFA accounts. If you replace your phone, or have to wipe and restore your phone from backup, you have to use Authenticator’s own backup/restore system to get all your MFA credentials back. The problem is that their backup/restore system DOESN’T WORK. It says your stuff is backed up. When you actually try to do a restore is when you find out that it hasn’t been backing up properly the whole time..Version: 6.4.9
Watch notifications need non default settingsAs of the most recent update, I had to unmask the box for app lock. Go to the top left corner, then settings (the gear), and waaaay down at the bottom, disable App Lock. Voila, war notifications fixed.
If you do not turn this option OFF, the watch can’t reply to the notification it just received from the phone. 🙄.Version: 6.4.22
Phone App good; IWatch app doesn’t workThe phone app is easy to use and intuitive. The IWatch app used to work and was very convenient however after an update about 6 months ago, it stopped working altogether and just tells you to set up the account. This is the case for all of my colleagues and our IT department says this still hasn’t been fixed from Microsoft’s end. Please help!!.Version: 6.5.15
AuthenticatorThis is been a caterer is one of the best ones I have ever used no matter where no matter what no matter what kind of items like iPads PC iPhones regardless anything with a password and I totally forgot this specific indicator was sit there and bypass everything and do a face recognition and you are done outstanding.Version: 6.5.38
Simple, gets the job doneI decided to use this Authenticator apps over others due to its iCloud backup. If I were to lose my device or something, I wouldn’t have to deal with the headache of regaining access to all my accounts.
The only things I’d like to see added are dark mode and the ability to add a custom icon to an account (some don’t display it automatically)..Version: 6.4.41
For codersWell, I tried giving up feedback, but that link is broken.
I like this app, but I have used it for several accounts, and two of those are for the same website, so for different accounts. This app shows the same name for both, and I have no way of putting a nickname on them to tell them apart.
Please add some sort of nickname feature, so I can distinguish several accounts..Version: 6.2.8
IOS 14 breaks watch appFix the watch app.Version: 6.4.26
New version is annoyingThe new version requires you to unlock the app after unlocking the phone, which seems pretty redundant and has broken the Apple Watch app, which I rely on because it's so convenient. Or at least was :/.Version: 6.4.26
Please stop blinding me.When are you going to give us a dark mode so I can stop blinding myself at night time while authenticating? I'll happy up my star count then..Version: 6.4.26
Apple Watch app doesn’t workApple Watch app doesn’t work. Not as cross platform friendly as authy..Version: 6.5.53
Missing one thing and it’s annoyingThis app is the best of the bunch but i wish it would sync across my apple devices. It’s very irritating that my iPhone will have the latest codes and iPad wont update. Microsoft how did you fail at this basic request..Version: 6.5.53
Who’s the creator?Its awesome. Make sure phone numbers are not required anymore.Version: 6.5.53
It’s microsoft what can i say. nothing betterSo far no issues and i appreciate the very often updates says a lot to me about trying to improve and maintain a good working app.Version: 6.5.51
Best 2FA app!Microsoft is killing it with this app and it keeps getting better. I love that everything is backed up in case I want to swap phones. Also love the password-less web sign-in to Outlook. I have yet to find a site offering 2FA via an authentication app that doesn’t work work. I also like that I can manage my MS account via the app. Good work Microsoft!.Version: 6.5.22
Can’t log inIt was working but i had to delete some apps because i had to reset all of it and sell my phone and bought a new phone and i tried to download it on my new phone but it had that two factor and now i can’t even open my acc.Version: 6.5.29
It’s good and it worksSolid..Version: 6.5.15
Would recommendI’d definitely recommend this app I’ve only been using it for a little while but so far I’ve had no problems you can basically add any online account you have to it great for to step verification.Version: 6.5.4
Great App!Would be better to resynch w iCloud when changing phones!.Version: 6.5.4
One of the best 2FA Apps!Great UI, accepts any account. Biggest plus is it gets backed up and restored if you get a new device.Version: 6.5.4
Secure, fast and highly reliable !5 star.Version: 6.4.41
Well, it’s a startNot quite the useability of its competitors, but would love to see MFA push auth approvals to be granted directly from the Apple Watch..Version: 6.5.4
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