Microsoft Authenticator

Microsoft Corporation

Productivity Utilities
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Current Version (19)
All time (215)
App last updated May 25, 2017
New in version 5.3.5

We're always working on new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements. Make sure you stay updated with the latest version for the best authentication experience.


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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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
CyberSME 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.
Doesn't work now
osj2 on 3/21/2017
Won't authenticate anymore. Says failed to connect. This is true from any device
ariangharibi on 3/20/2017
very good!!!
App Crashing...No Longer Useful
NorthShore385 on 3/10/2017
After latest update the App no longer works and keeps crashing. As a result I've had to re-validate numerous accounts using other means. I don't recommend until the app is fixed.
App crashes after update!!!
JeremyJDodd on 3/10/2017
Won't even open. Totally lame sauce.
DannyMac-Syr on 3/9/2017
I'm forced to write a negative review. I tried the SUPPORT option, but the "new" Virtual Assistant" appears to be doing something else. AUTHENTICATOR stopped working with this most current release. I'd open the app, it would close immediately; it would not stay open. I deleted the app, then reinstalled it. Still no luck. I like the app quite a bit. Right now it's just "dead in the water". Who can help?
Finally Working!
jawz8 on 3/8/2017
Finally working with a personal MSA! Seems to be working well, prompts appear quickly and notifications are actionable. Glad to see this finally working.
App won't launch!!!
Thomas1688 on 3/7/2017
After the last update aunthenticator won't launch and I can't get into my Microsoft accounts!!!
Crashing and unable to launch
Apsilon on 3/7/2017
Had to reinstall. Consider ability to backup via keychain?
Bug fix created bug
Robert So on 3/7/2017
After the recent update, Microsoft Authenticator doesn't open anymore and crashes instead.
"this service isn't available"
eddiemundw on 3/7/2017
Error msg: "this service isn't available"
Amazing app changed my life!!!
Jonald J Jrump III on 3/5/2017
This app helped me lose 12 pounds of belly fat in one month FAST!
I like it but !
CompuHawk on 3/2/2017
May I ask the notification of "Verify" to be more clear & accessed easy from lock screen or whatever it possible. At the end really thanks Microsoft for this "Easy Authenticator Tool" Keep moving forward.
Fact Sheet
  • Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
  • Category: Productivity
  • Released: May 30, 2015
  • Current Version Released: May 25, 2017
  • Version: 5.3.5
  • Size: 28.9 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,
  • 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;