About a month ago, the Microsoft Authenticator app added the ability to sign into your Microsoft account with just a phone. It was called a 'soft launch' of the feature, live testing the phone sign-ins with limited availability. Now, the Enterprise Mobility and Security team over at Microsoft have announced that the phone sign-in is globally available for iOS and Android.
Instead of entering your password when signing into your Microsoft account, the process will send a notification to your phone. Tapping approved lets you into your account, essentially removing the need for passwords at all. That is unless you keep your phone locked behind a pin.
Furthermore, the option to sign in automatically with your phone will be remembered by the account. To set it up:
- If you already use the Microsoft Authenticator for your personal account, select the dropdown button on your account tile, and choose Enable phone sign-in.
- If you are adding a new account on an Android phone, we’ll automatically prompt you to set it up.
- If you are adding a new account on an iPhone, and we’ll automatically set it up for you by default.
Once set up, you'll get a notification every time you sign into your account. Don't worry if you lose your phone (or it is dead) because below account sign -ins, you can also click 'Use Password instead'.
The feature is available for both Android and iOS Microsoft Authenticator apps, so download it and try out signing in with your phone.