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)provides a second layer of security. When enabled, during login after entering your password, 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 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 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 organization resources. You will need to register your device to your organization through the app and add your work or school account. Microsoft Authenticator 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.
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
This is not 2 Step verification.Updated: after doing a little more research and trying different things I realized that passwordless logins only happen on my devices. I logged in 5 different devices that were mine and I didn’t have to put a password only a pop up of approval on my other devices which scared me cause it’s one step verification. but I guess it’s cause it recognized my device. But if you grab another device that’s not yours it will ask for a password. I think this is the way it works. Not 100% sure. I think this is a great idea to make it more seamlessly for the user. But it would be pretty great if we can choose to either have that option on or off. Changing my rating to 5 stars. Great work guys..Version: 6.5.76
Love the App! But could use some improvementsOverall, I love the app. It does its job and I can't argue with its functionality. However, I give it a four star because I do have a few concerns and complaints I'd like to see implemented. Its the simple aesthetics of the design of the authenticator. I would love to see folder/group settings implemented where you can group codes together under a drop down menu, instead of just having a whole spew of a list of random codes you have to scroll through. Something similar to the functionality of 2FAS Auth.
Another thing I'd love to see would be Icons used instead of a boring, plain grey, busthead (maybe use the MS MFA logo?) When a logo isn't supported. Which I would like to also see more support on is icon support from various different services. I find only few companies like FB, Gitbub, and a few others are on the app. Again, I think my biggest complaint is to make it look more sexy of a design and UX. It's kind of boring at the moment. But overall, great app!.Version: 6.5.86
Our preferred MFA applicationMicrosoft Authenticator is our suggestion for all of our MSP clients when we need to suggest a MFA application to use.
The only recommendation I have would be to include the ability to create groups of accounts that could be toggled to display or not; for example I rarely have to see my personal accounts for Facebook or eBay, so being able to group them as “Personal” and not have to scroll past them to find others, but expand on them as needed, would be a huge selling point. And, yes, I understand being able to organize them, but with well over 100 accounts in the app, I’m seemingly scrolling for for just about all of them except for the primary/top 5..Version: 6.5.80
Greatly improved2-3 years ago (or longer?), this app was terrible. Lots of problems, and I remember being very frustrated with it. Fast forward to the last 12 months that I’ve been using it, and I’m really, really happy with it. It’s a critical app on my phone that I use to authenticate for Work AND for my personal Microsoft accounts. I like that Microsoft products can tell that multiple accounts are being used, and Authenticator has got it where it counts.
I wish that transferring my data from my old phone to my new phone was a little bit easier. The main authentication mechanism at work breaks each time, and I have to go to a special website to set it up every time I get a new phone or wipe out my current phone and re-install everything..Version: 6.6.6
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
Fixed the problem that made me hate itI recently reviewed this when they had just removed the Apple Watch app, and the only notifications that were coming through. When I authenticated with my work environment, the notification was that I needed to pick up my phone in order to authenticate, where previously I could do the authentication on the watch directly. Losing this functionality was intolerable from my standpoint. Fortunately, it looks like they restored this functionality, and I am now able to authenticate from my watch again without having to pick up my phone. Given that, I will put this back up to four stars. I would have called at five, but they still get dinged for doing that in the first place..Version: 6.7.5
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
Great App, but... (bug)Update: Updating my rating back to 4 star. Ok, the option to hide the input form now has a 5 second delay to allow me to see the number. This works out, but a second or two delay before the form pops up in this particular scenario would have been ideal.
The app is great and does what it exactly what it is suppose to do. However, there is a bug in which our company login policy requires a number to be typed in. When the number shows up, it gets immediately blocked by the input screen, with barely a glimpse or no time to see what the number was. I'll update the review once this bug is fixed..Version: 6.5.86
Updates that break Apple Watch functionalityYour last update on Oct 7th, 2021 broke Apple Watch functionality again!! It has happened in the past.
While this is a minor inconvenience, it is important for some of us that purposely stay away from our phones to focus on other activities like work. I can always approve access for security intensive applications (require frequent approvals) from the phone. Unfortunately, the Apple Watch application does not currently offer the same feature as it is broken and consistently fail on approvals. Please keep that in mind as you do regular updates to this app..Version: 6.5.84
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
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
ForewarningAs a Microsoft app, you would think that there would be an advisory regarding other application passwords. You saved within the password saver and that if you for some reason need to change your phone or you lose your phone, you will also lose all of your passwords. Apple seems to have done a decent job at allowing you to retain those passwords especially when moving from device to device, however Microsoft has not. Then again I do realize that I’m writing a review for a Microsoft application on an Apple device. Therefore, what say do I have in any of it?.Version: 6.7.9
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
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
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
The Best Is Back😆This is by far the best password manager and authenticator app. After using keychain for a while, I read about this app and downloaded it. It quickly became my preferred password manager, but after one of the iOS 15 updates it stopped allowing new passwords to be added automatically or manually. I deleted the app and watched for an update. I am glad to report that it is back. As my default for auto filling passwords, it works seamlessly, not requiring redirection to keychain. It’s native password generator works great. I recommend Authenticator to all..Version: 6.5.86
Great app but…This is by far the best Authenticator App on the market. However I just got an Apple Watch which has the ability to use this app. Unfortunately on the watch, you have to recreate the logins in the app. Meaning you have to delete and remove the login in the app, then re-add the login on the app(on you phone) so you can add it to the watch at the same time. If you’re like me and you have a bunch of logins, this is very tedious. Needless to say, I will not be using this app on my watch until this is fixed. Please fix this issue and allow the app on the watch to sync directly to the app on the phone so all logins are already there. This is the only reason for the 3 stars..Version: 6.5.85
Stopped working with Apple WatchI used to be able to approve sign-ins on my Apple Watch but now the app on the watch says I must first add a Microsoft account on my iPhone. I have almost every Microsoft program running on my iPhone, and the Microsoft Authenticator app is set up with my Microsoft account already. I can approve sign-ins on my iPhone, but not on the watch. I don’t know why it stopped working, but it’s really convenient to use my watch if I don’t have my phone right next to me. I hope they get this worked out..Version: 6.5.87
Are you really removing Apple Watch app? Please don’t.I really like the ability to use MS Authenticator from all of my Apple devices in order to authenticate for work sign-in. While it’s super handy to authenticate with my iOS devices right beside me, it’s even better when I can use my Apple watchOS as its on my wrist. No need to pick up my phone when work has me authenticate.
Imagine my surprise to have a pop-up message from the Microsoft Authenticator app today stating that the watchOS app will be deprecated and will not work after the next update. Please say it isn’t so! I hope this connectivity remains..Version: 6.6.9
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
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
Great AuthenticatorI used to struggle remembering all my passwords, instead the Authenticator application allows you to do that and also keep your account secure with two factor authentication.
With the ever growing amount Cyber criminals, I highly suggest/recommend this application..Version: 6.7.13
IOS 14 breaks watch appFix the watch app.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
Sign in request approval improvementSign in request keeps on lagging one minute it works and then after it dosent. Please make it consistent. I find that crazy there’s still this problem even tho I upgraded the app.Version: 6.5.82
Apple WatchAlready have accounts on my phone and can’t find them on the Apple Watch and when I try to approve from my Apple Watch it’s says there’s an error. Please fix it..Version: 6.5.4
Utilsé uniquement pour supprimer le mot de passeIl s’agit de l’application recommandée par Microsoft pour supprimer le mot de passe du compte.
Elle fait le travail..Version: 6.7.15
Banner notifications not workingThe app no longer sends a banner notification when attempting sign in. Have to manually enter the app to approve. Small thing but annoying.Version: 6.5.82
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
Great Thanks.Version: 6.7.15
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