Microsoft Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) - Microsoft Authenticator App

This document provides an overview of installing the Microsoft Authenticator App

Use the Microsoft Authenticator app to receive notifications on your smartphone or tablet to verify your identity when prompted for Multifactor Authentication (MFA).


Step 1. Download and install the Microsoft Authenticator app

Visit the Apple app store or Google play store on your device and install the Microsoft Authenticator app. Alternatively, visit and download the Microsoft Authenticator app.

Step 2. Add your account to the app

1.     On your desktop, visit

2.     Select Add Method > Authenticator app 

3.     Follow the wizard experience to setup the app

Scan the QR Code in the app and test the push notification flow as part of this experience. For more information, see this guidance or watch this video How to register for MFA (YouTube).

Step 3. Change default sign-in settings to the Authenticator app

To ensure that you are prompted to sign-in using push notifications:

1.     Visit

2.     Select Default sign-in method > Change> Authenticator – notification option.

Congratulations! You are now setup with the Microsoft Authenticator app and can receive push notifications for multifactor authentication verification.

Keywordsoffice,365,mfa,app,authenticator   Doc ID111055
OwnerKade C.GroupSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville
Created2021-05-26 14:54:16Updated2021-08-18 09:37:26
SitesSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville
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