How to Modify Two-Factor Authentication Methods in Microsoft 365/Office 365.
In this article you will learn how you can modify the Two-Factor Authentication methods in Microsoft 365 accounts.
Two-step verification, or two-factor authentication (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA), is an extra layer of security to prove who you say you are, when trying to log in to online services (banking, email , etc.). Likewise, in Microsoft 365 after entering the username and password, users are required to confirm their identity with one of the following authentication methods:
- A notification in their mobile through the Microsoft Authenticator App.
- A Call to their Phone
- A Text message (code) to their Phone
- An Verification Code in an alternate Email address.
Multifactor Authentication/Two factor Authentication (MFA/2FA), is a security default in Microsoft 365 for business, and in a previous article we mentioned the way to turn-off MFA for all users in Microsoft 365 Azure Active Directory, and how to enable MFA per user in Microsoft 365 Admin Center.
How to Manage Multifactor Authentication Methods (Sign-in Methods) in Microsoft 365 (ex. "Office 365").
There are two way to manage the Authentication methods in Office 365. The first is to modify authentication methods at the user level and the second at the administrator level. Both modes are described in detail below.
1. Add or Modify Sign-in authentication methods in Microsoft 365 Account settings.
2. Modify Sign-in authentication methods in Microsoft 365 Admin Center (Azure AD)
Method 1. Specify the Multifactor authentication methods in Account Settings.
To add a secondary authentication method for your Microsoft 365 account:
1. Login (Sign in) to Office 365.
2. Click on the account icon on the top right, and select View account
3. Select Security info from the left.
4. To add a secondary method for authentication in Office 365, click Add sign-in method
5. From the drop down menu choose one of the available authentication methods and click Add.
1. If you add the Authenticator app, then proceed and install the Microsoft Authenticator app to your phone, and then login to the app using your Microsoft 365 account.
2. If you add a Phone, then type you Mobile phone number and upon signing in to Office 365, you'll prompted to authenticate either with a text (code) or with a call to that phone number.
3. If you choose to add an email, enter an alternate email address and upon signing in you will be prompted to authenticate using a verification code sent to that email address.
6. Then type the required information and click Next.
7. That's it! Perform the same steps to add any other authentication method you want.
8. From now on, every time you sign in to your Microsoft 365 account from a new device, you'll be asked to verify your identity using one of the methods specified here.
9. Of course you can delete at any time any authentication method you want, or to modify the authentication methods details via the "Security info page".
Method 2. How to Set the Multifactor Authentication Phones and Email Addresses in Azure Active Directory,
If you're an administrator in Microsoft 365 and you want to add or modify the phone or the email address in Multi-factor Authentication methods, for a Microsoft 365 user, proceed as follows:
1. Sign-in to Azure Portal. (Azure Active Directory Admin Center).
2. Select Users on the left and on then right click on the user you want to change its authentication details.
3. Now click Authentication methods on the left and on the right fill the required information in related 'Authentication contact info' field(s). When done, click Save.
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