How to open authenticator app on iphone

To transfer Authenticator codes to a new phone, you need:

  1. On your new phone, install the Google Authenticator app.
  2. In the Google Authenticator app, tap Get Started.
  3. At the bottom, tap Import existing accounts?
  4. On your old phone, create a QR code:
    1. In the Authenticator app, tap More More and then Transfer accounts and then Export accounts.
    2. Select the accounts you want to transfer to your new phone. Then, tap Next. If you transfer more than one account, your old phone may create more than one QR code.
  5. On your new phone, tap Scan QR code.

After you scan your QR codes, you get confirmation that your Authenticator accounts transferred.

Tip: If your camera can’t scan the QR code, there may be too much information. Try to export again with fewer accounts.

    If you have another device with a screen, like a computer or iPad, you can use it to display a QR code from a website or app, then use the iPhone camera to scan the code.

  1. On your other device, sign in to the area of the website or app where you manage your account, then select options to enable two-factor authentication and an authenticator app.

    A QR code appears to help you set up an authenticator app.

  2. On iPhone, use the camera to scan the QR code.

  3. On iPhone, select your account for the website or app.

    A verification code appears below the User Name and Password fields.

  4. On your other device, enter the verification code that appears on your iPhone.

You can follow these steps to add your two-factor verification and password reset methods. After you’ve set this up the first time, you can return to the Security info page to add, update, or delete your security information.

If you’re prompted to set this up immediately after you sign in to your work or school account, see the detailed steps in the Set up your security info from the sign-in page prompt article.

If what you’re seeing on your screen doesn’t match what’s being covered in this article, it means that your administrator hasn’t turned on this experience yet. Until this experience is turned on, you must follow the instructions and information in the Set up my account for two-step verification section.

Note: If you don’t see the authenticator app option, it’s possible that your organization doesn’t allow you to use this option for verification. In this case, you’ll need to choose another method or contact your organization’s help desk for more assistance.

Use Microsoft Authenticator for easy, secure sign-ins for all your online accounts using multi-factor authentication, passwordless, or password autofill. You also have additional account management options for your Microsoft personal, work or school accounts.

Getting started with multi-factor authentication
Multi factor authentication (MFA) or two factor authentication (2FA) provides a second layer of security. When logging in with multi-factor authentication, you’ll enter your password, and then you’ll be asked for an additional way to prove it’s really you. Either approve the notification sent to the Microsoft Authenticator, or enter the one-time password (OTP) generated by the app. The one-time passwords (OTP codes) have a 30 second timer counting down. This timer is so you never have to use the same time-based one-time password (TOTP) twice and you don’t have to remember the number. The one-time password (OTP) doesn’t require you to be connected to a network, and it won’t drain your battery. You can add multiple accounts to your app, including non-Microsoft accounts like Facebook, Amazon, Dropbox, Google, LinkedIn, GitHub, and more.

Getting started with passwordless
Use your phone, not your password, to log into your Microsoft account. Just enter your username, then approve the notification sent to your phone. Your fingerprint, face ID, or PIN will provide a second layer of security in this two-step verification process. After you’ve signed in with two factor authentication (2FA), you’ll have access to all your Microsoft products and services, such as Outlook, OneDrive, Office, and more.

Getting started with autofill
Microsoft Authenticator app can also autofill passwords for you. Sign-in on the Passwords tab inside the Authenticator app with your personal Microsoft account to start syncing passwords, including the passwords saved in Microsoft Edge. Make Microsoft Authenticator the default autofill provider and start autofilling passwords on apps and sites you visit on your mobile. Your passwords are protected with multi-factor authentication in the app. You will need to prove yourself with your fingerprint, face ID, or PIN to access and autofill passwords on your mobile. You can also import passwords from Google Chrome and other password managers.

Microsoft personal, work or school accounts
Sometimes your work or school might ask you to install the Microsoft Authenticator when accessing certain files, emails, or apps. You will need to register your device to your organization through the app and add your work or school account. Microsoft Authenticator also supports cert-based authentication by issuing a certificate on your device. This will let your organization know that the sign-in request is coming from a trusted device and help you seamlessly and securely access additional Microsoft apps and services without needing to log into each. Because Microsoft Authenticator supports single sign-on, once you have proven your identity once, you will not need to log in again to other Microsoft apps on your device.

Optional Access permissions:
Microsoft Authenticator includes the following optional access permissions. All these require user consent. If you choose to not grant these optional access permissions, you can still use Microsoft Authenticator for other services that do not require such permission. For more information see
Accessibility Service: Used to optionally support Autofill on more apps and sites.
Location: Sometimes your organization wants to know your location before allowing you to access certain resources. The app will request this permission only if your organization has a policy requiring location.
Camera: Used to scan QR codes when you add a work, school, or non-Microsoft account.
Read the contents of your storage: This permission is only used when you report a technical problem through the app settings.Some information from your storage is collected to diagnose the issue.


How to Use the Microsoft Authenticator App for iOS

One of the latest iOS apps from Microsoft is Authenticator, which lets you quickly and easily verify your identity for all your online accounts.

One of the latest iOS apps from Microsoft is Authenticator, which lets you quickly and easily verify your identity for all your online accounts. If you want an extra layer of security to protect your accounts from being easily compromised, Microsoft Authenticator is recommended. The latest version, 4.1, is even easier to use, removing the cumbersome QR Code requirement to set up; instead, you can sign in using your Microsoft Account.

Verify Identity Using Microsoft Authenticator

So what exactly is the Microsoft Authenticator app? Authenticator provides what is called multi-factor or two-step verification. We have covered two-factor authentication in the past. Google provides a similar app for iOS and Android. Setup is easy; you can download the app from the App Store for iOS 8 or later. Authenticator works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Why is this better? I remember a few years ago, I spent a couple of weeks in the states and needed to access files from my Dropbox. The problem was, Dropbox required a verification code, which I thought wasn’t a big deal. What ended up happening was my local number, which I was using in the states at the time was not receiving an SMS text message, no matter what I tried. I couldn’t access my Dropbox until I returned home, which was unfortunate. From then on, I started disabling 2FA whenever I traveled outside of the country, and that’s not okay. Microsoft Authenticator eliminates problems like that often associated with verification codes; because the app is handling the verification itself.

Setting Up

After launching the app, choose to verify using your Microsoft Account. I initially experienced issues using my phone number to get my verification code; so I used an alternate email address instead. That’s it. You are now set up. When you add a new account, Authenticator will generate new security codes for all your accounts every 30 seconds.

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If you want to add a third-party account such as Facebook for example, here is how you do it. Sign in to Facebook, open Settings, click Security then click Edit next to Code Generator. Click Setup, then enter your Facebook password.


Launch the Microsoft Authenticator app, click the Add button, tap third party accounts, then use your phone to scan the QR code on the screen. Authenticator will then generate a code, which you can enter and verify. You can use this with other services such as Dropbox and Google.


Whenever an app or service request authentication, you will get a notification with a verification code right away. No need to perform any manual request, just enter the code and done.


Google’s Authenticator app works similarly; although the benefits of Google’s implementation are with its services. I recommend users have both installed for scenarios where 2FA is enabled; it removes the hassle of receiving SMS text messages.

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So that’s a look at Authenticator, an easy way to add an extra layer of security to your online identity. If you want to learn more about two-factor authentication and ways to keep your passwords secure, be sure to check out our other articles.

Written by Jane