How to Set up 2-step Certification (Multi-Factor Authentication) for Office 365

Quintin Borders, IT Help Desk Service Manager, Louisville IT managed services, ABS

Our HelpDesk Manager Quintin Borders, volunteered to put together some info to help you as you prepare to better secure Office 365 account!

How to Set Up Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365

Once your admin enables your organization with 2-step verification (also called multi-factor authentication), you have to set up your account to use it.

By setting up 2-step verification, you add an extra layer of security to your Office 365 account. You sign in with your password (step 1) and a code sent to your phone (step 2).

1. Sign into Office 365 with your work account with your password like you normally do. After you choose Signin, you’ll see this page: 

     2. Choose Next.

     3. Select your authentication method (text, call, or download Microsoft Authenticator app) and then follow the prompts on the page.

Text/Call Method:

Application Method:

     4. After you verify your alternate contact method, choose Next.

     5. Once you complete the instructions to specify how you want to receive your verification code, the next time you sign in to Office 365, you’ll be prompted to enter the code that is sent to you by text message, phone call, etc.

To have a new code sent to you, press F5.