Microsoft authenticator: a few questions  

  1. Posts : 89
    Windows 10 64 bit Home 22H2 (always completely updated)

    Microsoft authenticator: a few questions


    recently I started using Microsoft Authenticator (on my iPhone) to facilitate 2FA. I have a few questions that I find Microsoft itself not clear or somewhat inconclusive about (for instance here), so I figured I'll ask them here. I hope to be in the right subforums.

    I switched on 'backup to iCloud' in the Authenticator. In my iPhone settings I also configured to back up Authenticator.
    My first question is: is this particular Authenticator-instance (the one installed on my iPhone with a particular, configured set of websites) somehow also backed up to a Microsoft Account (a), if so which one (b). If it is not backed up is it then somehow connected to a Microsoft Account (c)? and if so which one (d)?

    I have a few more questions, but let me start with this one. Maybe I'll open new threads, maybe I'll continue here. Let's see.

    Thanks in advance, kind regards, Kan
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  2. Posts : 9,490
    Mac OS Catalina

    Only if you add those sites to MS authenticator. I use ios 16.3 Password 2fa with my sutes and only keep authenticator as a backup. I hardly open it up anymore.
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  3. Posts : 2,414
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit

    I too use the authenticator app & the app doesn’t seem to backup to the Microsoft account - many users have lost access to all their accounts due to not having the app backed up to iCloud/Google cloud or the recovery codes for each account.
    If it does then there doesn’t seem to be any indication on how to recover the accounts via Microsoft.
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  4. Posts : 89
    Windows 10 64 bit Home 22H2 (always completely updated)
    Thread Starter

    thanks Bastet Bro67!

    Bastet, this is my experience indeed. As said I switched on 'backup to iCloud' for the MA in iPhone-settings and in the MA itself. Next to that I indicated a recovery account (a Microsoft account that is) in the MA itself. But I cannot find any indication in my Micr. Account that I did so, as one would expect. (I cannot find an indication in iCloud either, but that counts for all straight app-backups one makes).

    What I wanna do now is install another Microsoft Authenticator (MA nr.2) on another iPhone I own. This iPhone nr.2 uses another AppleID. This situation (using two AppleID's on two iPhones) cannot be changed and has to remain as is.

    My question: is there a way to have a MA on this other iPhone nr.2 thereby importing or restoring the 'contents' of the MA nr.1 on iPhone nr.1? I tried to do this using the Microsoft Account mentioned above. This did not work.

    I would wanna avoid logging into AppleID nr.1 on iPhone nr.2 as I do not know what will happen to the contents (photo's, notes, settings, etc) when I do so.

    My 2nd question: in fact I already installed a MA on iPhone nr.2. and tried to get the contents of the MA from iPhone nr.1 by logging into my Micr. Account. As said above: sounds logical right? Yes, but it didn't work. As I understood all instances of MA are registered somewhere with Microsoft (as they need to be to function). Do I need to get rid of any kind of registration of MA nr.2 and iPhone nr.2? If so, how would I do that?

    Kind regards, thanks in advance, Kan

    ps: I do happen to have the time to occupy myself with this kind of stuff, but this is way to complicated (as it is for me also) and time consuming for the average user. It's a bit absurd to be honest.
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  5. Posts : 2,414
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit

    I have the same MA on both my iPhones. However you can only have 1 backup stored.
    When installing/reinstalling on a device the user would choose to restore backup rather than set up, the by signing in with the MS account used when originally setting up the app it would then restore the entries.
    The downside is that if you add a new entry to phone 1 it isn’t reflected on phone 2, I have to manually run a backup on device 1 then uninstall the app on phone 2 & add it again.
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  6. Posts : 89
    Windows 10 64 bit Home 22H2 (always completely updated)
    Thread Starter

    thanks a lot Bastet,

    Your two iPhones operate under the same AppleID or a different AppleID?

    I was thinking I could go over all the accounts in my MA nr.1 , renew the key for each account and then read it with the MA nr.1 and nr.2 . Should do the trick.
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  7. Posts : 2,414
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit

    Same Apple ID.

    Keep me updated on your progress.
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