Microsoft Authenticator

Microsoft Corporation

Productivity Utilities
This version of the app is not recommended   
Current Version (19)
All time (241)
App last updated Sep 14, 2017
New in version 5.4.3

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The Microsoft Authenticator lets you quickly and securely verify your identity online, for all your accounts. A variety of features are available depending on the type of accounts.

Two-step verification:
Two-step verification helps protect your account by providing an extra layer of security beyond simply your password. Here’s how it works – add your account – either from Microsoft, or any other account that has two-step verification. When signing in, after entering your password, 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 verification code generated by the app.

Phone sign-in:
Use your phone instead of your password for personal Microsoft accounts! After enrolling your account through the app, you can sign in to your account with only your phone. Just approve the notification sent to the Microsoft Authenticator after entering your username, and provide your passcode or TouchID.

Broker Accounts:
Did your work or school organization ask you to install the Microsoft Authenticator when logging in to a Microsoft app or service? The account you created at that time helps you seamlessly and securely access many additional apps and services on this device without needing to log in to each. If you need to set up two-step verification for the same account, you will still need to “add a new account” from this app, and follow instructions provided by your IT Department.

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This is totally Cheap Rated App Poor
AnZombie on 10/6/2017
I tried to sign in to ms store to buy some stuff using browser, it required me to authenticate using ms authenticator app, so I downloaded the app, I open the, I logged in to the app and IT IS ASKING ME TO AUTHENTICATE USING MS AUTHENTICATOR. Totally bad app! Bad bad!
3D Touch Concern
BobTech21 on 10/5/2017
The authenticator app has two options during 365 multi-factor enrollment, either Notify or Enter Code. If you have your Authenticator set to Notify (push notification) you can 3D Touch on the lock screen to approve authentication without unlocking your iPhone. It should only allow approval after you unlock your phone. Although this problem can be solved by turning off lock screen notifications for this app. Also it doesn't touch your contacts. Rolled this out to 100 users and had zero problems with contacts being deleted. Update: Adding a star for Apple Watch push notifications.
App Crashes on Every Update
Harrylawls on 9/29/2017
I don't know what's exactly the cause of this but every time there's a new app update for this, it always crashes upon opening whenever I open it up after rebooting my iPhone (previously it would go black for couple of seconds and freezes before crashing). It's been going on for 3-4 months now and it's very annoying. Reinstalling it doesn't help either. However, it is a pretty convenient authenticator app that does what it supposed do. Just wished it doesn't crash every single time these days.
Apple Watch Support Please!!
jarbro on 9/28/2017
Please update to include support for Apple Watch!!
Angelino 562 on 9/16/2017
I notice some of my contacts where erase how can I get them back?? Pls help..
Mani pr on 9/15/2017
katopr on 9/15/2017
Great app!!!
Has made my authentication to work so much easier
Mikeadamsvt on 9/13/2017
My company requires multi factor authentication to many of their services. Previously with smart cards or fobs it was really hard. Now, it takes me 3 seconds to authenticate with Touch ID. Thanks Microsoft!
Need code to get code
dano3006 on 9/13/2017
Confirmed that the app needs a code to confirm before it can fetch the code to confirm.
You need to code to get into the account to generate a code
Emanuel469 on 9/5/2017
So I need a code to get into the account within the app that needs a code. So basically I can't sign in ti get the code because I need the code.
Saerise on 8/28/2017
I'm really happy with the changes they've added.
Selena Heskett on 8/25/2017
This app seems insecure for TFA given the fact that it does not ask for passcode/fingerprint to accept a request . Apps like Duo have a better "security first" approach.
No backup
james_manes on 8/15/2017
Reset my iPhone and it lost all of my logins. Spent hours calling banks to recover my info. Just plain wrong.
Time saver
Legaux on 7/29/2017
Works great, i like being able to use Touch ID to authenticate. Please incorporate a Apple Watch app.
I prefer Authy
Octocroco on 7/20/2017
This app is not bringing anything to the table. Blizzard has an app and it lets you tap to log in and alerts you if someone is trying to get into your account. If this is just an authenticator app we should be allowed to use the one we want instead of being forced to download this.
These people writing bad reviews do not know what they're talking about
Chillicus on 7/18/2017
This app is great it does exactly what it says it doesn't erase anything from your account doesn't erase contacts. It saves me so much time just being able to press a button and authenticate my two step verification!
Apple Watch support gone!
CyberBob859 on 7/16/2017
Used to work fine with my Apple Watch. Now, it looks like support for the Apple Watch has been removed. PUT IT BACK!
Great App, some minor bugs
Tictocwishbone on 7/10/2017
This App is great, i use it for personal use and recently my Job required us to use it as well. The only thing it is missing is Fingerprint authentication. I use the LastPass Authenticator for some of my accounts that i want to be more secure.
OOPS!!! Not fast enough
cabaker1990 on 7/7/2017
Maybe I don't understand this app. But it's impossible for me to enter the code fast enough.
Thinmints1 on 7/6/2017
I hate how all I need is a stupid multiplayer update and I can't play unless I update... I don't even want to play multiplayer but I'm being forced to download this update.... ugh
Very user friendly, no back-up
Ftooley77 on 6/30/2017
This app works very well with what is intended. I have over 12 active accounts and it manages them all with ease. Only improvements that I would suggest is to be able to log in to my Microsoft account to back up accounts in case I switch phones, because I have lost all accounts when getting a new phone! It's too much of a burden, so I will have to try to find a better app unless this is fixed!
Waste of time
🐒🐭🐱🐱🐱🐯🐯🐷 on 6/26/2017
I only got app because I can't use my Xbox and the only "help" I've gotten is either completely unrelated or is unhelpful. I used the correct email but my xbox says I didn't. I even changed the info to my phone number but it even after I was told my security info has changed my Xbox still uses the incorrect email. I tried everything, but it just refuses to work and it's INFURIATING! Next time, I think I'll get a playstation.
Tucker Chapman on 6/24/2017
Keeps my Microsoft account secure
Very responsive and fast for the latest version.
umd_ruofei on 6/8/2017
The Microsoft authenticator is working very well for Dropbox, OneDrive, and university accounts. Thanks for providing such an awesome service!
Kiss your contacts goodbye!
Carolina Mom on 6/5/2017
This app is terrible! My company forced us to install this app on our personal phones to access our company's Outlook email and calendar. Outlook on iOS is great WITHOUT the Authenticator app! After installing the Authenticator app many of my contacts in the iOS contacts app disappeared. Some of my colleagues lost all of their contacts! Also, it seems to be causing the Outlook calendar to malfunction. If I try to add any "people" to a calendar placeholder, the Outlook app crashes. Do not install this piece of garbage! Save your contacts!
Codes are not backed up
HamiMiami on 6/1/2017
By design Microsoft does NOT allow iTunes to backup your codes and there is no way to transfer them to another phone. This is a HUGE problem!
Good but missing some features
Seven3Five on 5/31/2017
The push authentication and easy setup work well but this app loses / star each for the two major features it lacks. • AnApple Watch App •iCloud Backup
Nice, but didn't sync to cloud
dubya on 5/13/2017
You won't have access to your codes when changing devices for whatever reason
If only it actually worked correctly …
Jaywalker.Extraordinaire on 5/11/2017
The app might be okay if it allowed users to easily port their app settings to a new device. I purchased a new phone, and can no longer sign into MSFT's internal network because Authenticator lacks the ability to force request a QR code for setup, and the instructions in the help documentation require clicking non-existent "Additional Security verification" link to reach next steps. Embarrassingly poorly engineered app. One star is too many.
Only shows 6-1/2 of 8 digits?
PilotInIL on 5/6/2017
The app cuts off the 7th digit and doesn't show the 8th digit. No way to turn the display horizontal either. Do not have large text turned on. Only way to use is copy and paste I to notepad. Stupid.
Alternative option
Bill of the internets on 5/1/2017
If you select phone type as "other" (don’t select iPhone), microsoft will give you the standard barcode that works with google authenticator.
Needs Apple Watch app
therickaustin on 4/30/2017
iPhone app needs quick (swipe right) access. iPhone app works okay but it really needs an Apple Watch companion app. Annoying the number of times one needs to use the app yet it's hardest to access.
Jawnet1 on 4/28/2017
It use to work. Now it only shows 5 1/2 of the numbers. It literally shows half of the fifth number and show the last one at all. Seriously, this is annoying to get in my acct NOW it doesnt even work. Seriously I rather be able to get in my acct, even if I get hacked. Get it together!!!!!
Can't read code w/large font
jquast on 4/27/2017
Using iOS system setting, Settings->Display &a Brightness->Font size, with larger font, app causes text to be cropped and unreadable.
It was better before
Jace911 on 4/25/2017
Please remove the profile pics. If you have large text set on your phone you can't read all the numbers. Plus the push notices stopped working. It didn't seem to need an update.
Yet another example of Q/A failure for IOS
M*ss*d on 4/24/2017
ב״ה In nearly every app for IOS, there is some design flaw. It began when the philanthropic became more focused on the $ rather than the quality. A poor tradeoff indeed. Once, as an insider, I saw customer service never seen before. But once the focus shifted, and the duplicity of building the 'perfect' O/S using the ingenuity of the people - for free - then charging for the once free - it became clear. The final nail in the coffin was the acquisition of LINKEDIN - another devious player that took and built their value on the backs of individuals naively giving away personal info for free and charging in turn to offer smoke in return - for $2.6B - they entered the dark-side taking money for nothing and providing the product built by the buyers. Open your eyes and mind to the fact that a new model is being employed - take what you can for free, then sell it back. Yep - you can fool most of the people most of the time - as long as they can be naive & continue feeding the deceived masses. But, like all others who did not follow the basic tenet that business = a fair exchange of value, they will implode. Eventually. While those wise enough to spot this chicanery will lament the short-term get rich quick players that understand the difference between output and outcome. Thank you for the chance to watch and offer yet another example of reviving 'greed is good' house of cards collapse.
Slow to open
Snodripple on 4/22/2017
Editing review as it does support ⌚️. My issue now is that the app is really slow to launch the first time I use it in the day. The auth window often times out before the auth prompt is presented. I have started opening the app first. This has never been an issue using Okta. Please add support for  watch.
1vitor on 4/22/2017
Works great
FunnyFry on 4/19/2017
Haven't had any issues at all. Recent updates for visuals and management are nice additions.
Features not functioning.
BOB AIDS on 4/18/2017
Password generation works as expected. No other features work, however. Cannot enable push notifications, cannot enable no-password feature. Disappointing Google authenticator would work just as well for me because of this.
No longer receiving push notifications after latest update
Abu7waij on 4/15/2017
It used to work before. Now i have to manually open the app when i need to. Verified that settings have notifications on.
Update keeps failing
grizbogie on 4/10/2017
What's up with that?
Watch support
zulu_tango_ on 4/8/2017
Remember when $MSFT promised Watch support last summer. Ya, that was neat.
Does what it sets out to do
Jello420 on 4/8/2017
and does a good job of it
Averagedog on 4/7/2017
No complaints. Works with all my MS stuff even Xbox
don't download
mec_ on 4/4/2017
this thing has caused nothing but problems since i got it can't log into anything with this trash
Works great
Magician2015 on 4/2/2017
I use it both for Microsoft account 2fa and for corporate account at work. Never misses a beat, I'm perplexed why some users are complaining.
Good but less secure
KuteLuvr on 3/27/2017
It's possible to approve push approval requests without requiring device authentication. This is convenient but less secure. Please create an option that to enable device authentication before approving the push request. This means not only is having the device required but actually authenticating to that device is also required adding yet another layer of security.
Worked Once and Quit
Urban Casey on 3/23/2017
It worked once and quit.
Great ... once you get it to work.
yyttpp on 3/22/2017
At first it wouldn't work. "No notification found". Then, I realized that I needed to change the delivery method from "Text Message" to "Mobile App" in my account online. I wish this was explained somewhere when installing the App. I almost deleted the App and gave a bad review because of it.
Fact Sheet
  • Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
  • Category: Productivity
  • Released: May 30, 2015
  • Current Version Released: Sep 14, 2017
  • Version: 5.4.3
  • Size: 27.2 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
  • Recommended Age: 4+
  • Game Center Certified: No
  • Supported Devices: iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX,
  • Supported Languages: Arabic; Basque; Bulgarian; Catalan; Valencian; Croatian; Czech; Danish; Dutch; Flemish; English; Estonian; Finnish; French; Galician; German; Greek; Hebrew; Hindi; Hungarian; Indonesian; Italian; Japanese; Kazakh; Korean; Latvian; Lithuanian; Malay; Bokmål, Norwegian; Norwegian Bokmål; Polish; Portuguese; Romanian; Moldavian; Russian; Serbian; Chinese; Slovak; Slovenian; Spanish; Castilian; Swedish; Thai; Chinese; Turkish; Ukrainian; Vietnamese;