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Passwords? We don’t like passwords any more than you do! So that is why Microsoft has been diligently creating a modern way to sign in that doesn’t require upper and lowercase letters, numbers, a special character, and your favorite emoji. And after a soft launch last month, Microsoft was excited to announce the GA newest sign-in feature: phone sign-in for Microsoft accounts!

 

With phone sign-in, Microsoft is shifting the security burden from your memory to your device. Just add your account to the Android or iOS Microsoft Authenticator app, then enter your username as usual when signing in somewhere new. Instead of entering your password, you’ll get a notification on your phone. Unlock your phone, tap “Approve”, and you’re in.

 

This process is easier than standard two-step verification and significantly more secure than only a password, which can be forgotten, phished, or compromised. Using your phone to sign in with PIN or fingerprint is a seamless way to incorporate two account “proofs” in a way that feels natural and familiar.

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How you can set it up with no passwords:

  • If you already use the Microsoft Authenticator for your personal account, select the dropdown button on your account tile, and choose Enable phone sign-in.
  • If you are adding a new account on an Android phone, we’ll automatically prompt you to set it up.
  • If you are adding a new account on an iPhone, and we’ll automatically set it up for you by default.

Then all you need to do is just try it out! The next time that you sign in, Microsoft will send  a notification to your phone.

 

Note: A link at the bottom of the confirmation page lets you choose to use a password instead if your phone isn’t handy, or you can switch back from your password to the Microsoft Authenticator. Either way, they will remember your preferences next time you sign in.

 

Use the Microsoft Authenticator forum to offer suggestions, ask questions, and engage with their support team and other fans of account security.