Set up 2-step verification for Office 365

Once your admin enables your organization with 2-step verification (also called multi-factor authentication), you can set up your account to use it.

By setting up 2-step verification, you add an extra layer of security to your Office 365 account. You sign in with your password (step 1) and a code sent to your phone (step 2).

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account with your password like you normally do. After you choose Sign in, you'll see this page:

    First Sign in screen
  2. Choose Set it up now.

  3. Select your authentication method and then follow the prompts on the page. Or, watch the video to learn more.

    Choose your authentication method and then follow the prompts on the screen.

  4. Once you complete the instructions to specify how you want to receive your verification code, the next time you sign in to Office 365, you'll be prompted to enter the code that is sent to you by text message, phone call, etc.

    To have a new code sent to you, press F5.

    When you sign in with 2-step verification, you'll be prompted for a code.

We strongly recommend setting up more than one verification method. For example, if you travel a lot, consider setting up Azure Authenticator for your verification method. It's the easiest verification method to use and way you won't incur text or call charges.

Next steps

If you're using other apps like Outlook on your desktop, you'll need to create an app password so they can connect to your Office 365 account.

See Also

Sign in to Office 365 with 2-step verification

Fix common problems with 2-step verification

Use Azure Authenticator with Office 365

Change how you get 2-step verification codes

Admins: Set up multi-factor authentication for Office 365 users

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