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How to Turn On or Off Two-step Verification for your Microsoft Account

information   Information
Two-step verification uses two ways to verify your identity whenever you sign in to your Microsoft account:
  • Your password
  • An extra security code

Two-step verification helps protect your account by making it more difficult for a hacker to sign in, even if they've somehow learned your password. If you turn on two-step verification, you'll see an extra page every time you sign in on a device that isn't trusted. The extra page prompts you to enter a security code to sign in. We can send a new security code to your phone or your alternate email address, or you can obtain one through an authenticator app on your smartphone.

If you turn off two-step verification, you won't be prompted for a security code when you sign in to your Microsoft account on a device that isn't trusted.

For more information, see:


This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off two-step verification protection for your Microsoft account.

Note   Note
Some apps (like the mail apps on some smartphones) or devices (like the Xbox 360, for example) can't prompt you to enter a security code when you try to sign in. If you get an incorrect password error with an app or device, you'll need to create a unique app password to sign in. Once you've signed in with your app password, you're all set to use that app or device.

You will need to create and sign in with a different app password for each app or device that can't prompt you for a security code.

For how, see:

Create or Remove App Passwords in your Microsoft Account when Two-Step Verification is Turned On


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Turn On Two-step Verification for your Microsoft Account
  • Option Two: To Turn Off Two-step Verification for your Microsoft Account



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Microsoft Account Two-step Verification - Turn On or Off OPTION ONE Microsoft Account Two-step Verification - Turn On or Off
To Turn On Two-step Verification for your Microsoft Account

1. Go the Sign in to your Microsoft account site, and sign in to your Microsoft account. (see screenshot below)

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2. Click/tap on the Manage advanced security link under Security & Privacy. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on the Set up two-step verification link under the Two-step verification section. (see screenshot below)

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4. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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5. Select what mobile device (ex: Windows Phone) you want to install the Microsoft Authenticator app on, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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6. After you have followed the steps in the screenshot and blue note box below, enter the code generated by the Authenticator app, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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Note   Note
How to get Code with Authenticator app:
NOTE: These instructions are for a Windows Phone.

A) Open the Authenticator app installed on your device.

B) Click/tap on the add button at the bottom. (see screenshot below)

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C) Click/tap on the scan button at the bottom. (see screenshot below)

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D) Scan the barcode from step 6 above by focusing on it with the phone's camera like below.

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E) Enter the given code (ex: 914850) in step 6 above. (see screenshot below)

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7. Follow the steps in the screenshot below, and click/tap on Next.

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8. Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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Microsoft Account Two-step Verification - Turn On or Off OPTION TWO Microsoft Account Two-step Verification - Turn On or Off
To Turn Off Two-step Verification for your Microsoft Account

1. Go the Sign in to your Microsoft account site, and sign in to your Microsoft account. (see screenshot below)

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2. Click/tap on the Manage advanced security link under Security & Privacy. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on the Turn off two-step verification link under the Two-step verification section. (see screenshot below)

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4. Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn