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When you try to view or edit sensitive info related to your Microsoft account—like your credit card details—Microsoft might ask you for a security code first, to make sure that only you can get in to your account. But you can designate a PC as a trusted device. On trusted devices, you don't need to enter a security code each time you try to access sensitive info.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove PCs that you sign in to with your Microsoft account as trusted devices.
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You do not want to add a public PC (ex: library PC) as a trusted device associated with your Microsoft account. You would only want to add a personal PC that you trust to be safe instead.

If you add a Microsoft account as a new user on a PC, then that user will need to verify their identity if they want to add the PC as a trusted device associated with their Microsoft account.

If you remove all trusted devices associated with your Microsoft account, then you will need to verify your identity on each PC that you want to add again as a trusted device associated with your Microsoft account.

CONTENTS:
  • Option One: How to Add a PC as a Trusted Device Associated with your Microsoft Account in Settings
  • Option Two: How to Add a PC as a Trusted Device Associated with your Microsoft Account Online
  • Option Three: How to Remove All Trusted Devices Associated with your Microsoft Account





Add or Remove Trusted Devices for Microsoft Account OPTION ONE Add or Remove Trusted Devices for Microsoft Account
How to Add a PC as a Trusted Device Associated with your Microsoft Account in Settings

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This option is for when you sign in to a Windows 10 PC with your Microsoft account, and would like to add the PC as a trusted device.

1. Sign in with your Microsoft account to a Windows 10 PC that you want to add as a trusted device.

2. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Accounts icon.

3. Click/tap on Your info on the left side, and click/tap on the Verify link on the right side at the top. (see screenshot below)
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If you do not see the Verify link, then the PC has already been added as a trusted device associated with your Microsoft account.
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4. If prompted, enter the password for your Microsoft account, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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5. Select how you would like to get your security code for verification, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)

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6. Enter the code you received, and click/tap on Submit. (see screenshot below)

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7 The PC has now been added a trusted device associated with your Microsoft account. Notice how you no longer have a Verify link like in step3 above. (see screenshot below)

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8. You can now close Settings if you like.






Add or Remove Trusted Devices for Microsoft Account OPTION TWO Add or Remove Trusted Devices for Microsoft Account
How to Add a PC as a Trusted Device Associated with your Microsoft Account Online

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This option is for when you do not sign in to a Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 PC with your Microsoft account, but do sign in to Microsoft services online with your Microsoft account on a PC that you would like to add as a trusted device.

1. Sign in to a website for a Microsoft service, such as Sign in to your Microsoft account, Sign in to OneDrive, Sign in to Outlook, or etc..., with your Microsoft account. (see screenshot below)

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2. Select how you would like to get your security code for verification, enter the required information, and click/tap on Send code. (see screenshot below)

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3. Enter the code you received, check the I sign in frequently on this device. Don't ask me for a code. box, and click/tap on Submit. (see screenshot below)

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Add or Remove Trusted Devices for Microsoft Account OPTION THREE Add or Remove Trusted Devices for Microsoft Account
How to Remove All Trusted Devices Associated with 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 Security & Privacy tab, and click/tap on the More security settings. (see screenshot below)

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3. Scroll down towards the bottom of the page to the Trusted devices section, and click/tap on the Remove all the trusted devices associated with my account link. (see screenshot below)

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4. Click/tap on Remove all trusted devices to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn