12 December, 2015

by Updated on 12 December, 2015 23 comments

How to use Google Authenticator App For Microsoft Account Two Step Verification

If you have enabled two-step-verification for your Microsoft account, you have two option. Get a one time password over SMS or a Microsoft Account application on your Android or Windows Phone.

I prefer mobile Authenticator app over the OTP sms. Many times, sms takes too long to receive and or never get it in night hours. Its frustrating to log in at late night. Your experience may be different.

Especially talking about the Microsoft Account app, its worst. Most of the mobile things Microsoft makes are crap though. They even don't know, email addresses do not have spaces and caps.
  • Basically the app is very confusing to set up.
  • Works only with Microsoft services.
  • Google Authenticator works with everything else.
  • Why keep two if you can do with one only?
It's very convenient to use Google Authenticator over Microsoft Account App for signing in to your Microsoft accounts. Its very easy takes just a minute or two.
  • Log in to your Microsoft account as usual.
  • Go to https://account.microsoft.com/privacy
  • Under the account security option, click on 'more security settings' link.
  • Scroll down and click on 'Set up identity verification app' link.

    how to use google anuthenticator app for microsoft account tow step verification
  • If you already have activated 'Microsoft Account App' you can disable it by going to the link 'disable existing apps'.
  • In the type of mobile device, you have to select 'Other' at the bottom and click on next.

    how to use google anuthenticator app for microsoft account tow step verification
  • You will get the QR code.

    how to use google anuthenticator app for microsoft account tow step verification
  • Scan the QR code with the Google Authenticator app and enter the OTP.
  • You are done now.
  • You can now use Google Authenticator application to sing into your Microsoft account.
If you are still using the Microsoft Account app on your mobile, I suggest you give a try for this trick.
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  1. I was this close to downloading the Microsoft app for Android. I realized I had the Google authenticator, googled and your page came up. Very helpful. Thanks.

  2. new url to use: https://account.live.com/proofs/Manage

  3. How do I add an account to the authenticator app, like skrill?

  4. Extremely helpful - the stupid MS authenticator app kept asking for a QR code and saying online "I haven't' set up app yet" - no kidding!

  5. Wow, thank you! Microsoft does not make it easy to figure out.

  6. Thanks for this. If you choose an actual phone type now MS force you to use their own authenticator. By choosing other you get the actual QR code.

  7. Thanks for the tip! they don't make it easy.

  8. Microsoft Authenticator has never been just for Microsoft Services. Always worked with all standard 2FA services. Is better than Google Authenticator, but there are a couple of authenticator apps better than both

    1. Agree. There are really some better third party apps than both, the Google Authenticator and Microsoft. But the purpose of post is, to inform about, users can use single authenticator app for all the services, likes of Dropbox, IFTTT.
      And the Microsoft app, do not work as expected for me at least.

  9. god this was complicated, so Im so glad I found your advice.. thanks mate

  10. thanks. it saved me from installing one more app.