Setting up the Microsoft Authenticator App for your Office 365 Account


How do I set up Microsoft Authenticator to authenticate my account? (to use with Self-Service Password Reset and Multi-Factor Authentication)



Applies to:

  • Microsoft Authenticator
  • CofC Employee
  • Office 365 account - Self-Service Password Reset / Multi-Factor Authentication


  • You must be able to log into your account in order to add or remove security information.



You will need access to a computer as well as the device you wish to install the app on. 


App Instructions

  1. Install the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device (Using the App store, Google Play, Microsoft Store, etc., depending on your device).
  2. Upon opening the app you will be prompted with "Let's add your first account!" Click the (+) to add an account.
  3. Choose Work or school account for the account type.
  4. The app will launch a QR code reader. You will need to allow access to the device's camera if prompted. You will scan the QR code that displays on the computer after you log into your account.

On your computer

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Click "Register Your Account"
  3. Sign in using your email address and password. You may be prompted to authenticate before being able to access security information.
  4. Once you are logged in and looking at the Security Methods on your computer, click the +Add method option.
  5. In the "Add a method" window, choose the Authenticator app as the method, and then click the Add button.
  6. Once selected you will be prompted with a message saying "Get the app". After you have the app installed on your mobile device (will already be installed if you followed the section on App Instructions previously), click Next
  7. From here make sure you've selected "Work or school account" within the Microsoft Authenticator on your mobile device, and the camera is waiting to scan the QR code (from steps in the App Instructions, above). On the computer, click Next.
  8. Now on your computer screen you will have a QR code displayed. Scan the QR code with your mobile device. Try to hold the mobile device steady, and center the QR image in the middle of the square on your mobile device camera. 
    • Unable to scan QR code: If you are unable to scan the QR code with your camera, there is an option to use a URL and a code. To use the URL and code method, click the "can't scan image" link on your computer, and it will display the URL and code you can enter in your Authenticator App on your mobile device.
  9. Once you scan the QR code click Next on your computer. This will prompt Microsoft to send a notification to the app. Click Approve.
  10. Now you are setup to use the Microsoft Authenticator for a form of verification 


Do you still need help?  Create a support ticket and someone will contact you Multi-Factor Authentication Issue



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