How to DISABLE the Mandatory Microsoft Authenticator

In this Microsoft 365 training video, we’ll show you how to disable the mandatory Microsoft Authenticator app. Preventing the default or mandatory authenticator will give your users more flexbility to choose alternative types of multifactor authentication (MFA).

What is the Microsoft Authenticator?

Microsoft Authenticator is a mobile app developed by Microsoft that provides a two-step verification (2SV) or two-factor authentication (2FA) mechanism for securing online accounts. Its primary purpose is to enhance the security of your Microsoft accounts and other compatible third-party accounts.

Two-Step Verification (2SV)/Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

When enabled, this security feature requires users to provide two forms of identification before gaining access to an account. In addition to entering your password, you’ll need to verify your identity using the Microsoft Authenticator app.

Time-Based One-Time Passwords (TOTP)

Microsoft Authenticator often uses time-based codes generated within the app. These codes are valid for a short period and continuously change, providing an additional layer of security. You input these codes along with your regular password during the login process.

Push Notifications

In addition to generating codes, the app can send push notifications to your mobile device. When you attempt to log in, you receive a notification asking you to approve or deny the login attempt. This is a more user-friendly alternative to manually entering codes.

Account Recovery

Microsoft Authenticator may also play a role in the account recovery process, helping you regain access to your account if you ever lose your password or face other issues.

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