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Work or school accounts

If you have non-Microsoft accounts, such as for Google, Facebook, or GitHub, you can add them to the Microsoft Authenticator app for two-step verification. The Microsoft Authenticator app works with any app that uses two-step verification and any account that supports the Time-based One-time Password (TOTP) standards.

Important: Before you can add your account, you have to download and install the Microsoft Authenticator app. If you haven't done that yet, follow the steps in the Download and install the app article.

Add personal accounts

Generally, for all your personal accounts, you must:

  • Sign in to your account, and then turn on two-step verification using either your device or your computer.

  • Add the account to the Microsoft Authenticator app. You might be asked to scan a QR code as part of this process.

If this is the first time you're setting up the Microsoft Authenticator app, you might receive a prompt asking whether to allow the app to access your camera (iOS) or to allow the app to take pictures and record video (Android). Allow the app to use the camera so that you can take a picture of a QR code in one step. If you don't allow the camera, you can still add the code manually as described in Manually add an account to the app.

In this article, we're providing the process for your Facebook, Google, GitHub, and Amazon accounts, but the process is the same for other apps, such as Instagram and Adobe.

Add your Google account

Add your Google account by turning on two-step verification and then adding the account to the app.

Turn on two-step verification

  1. On your computer, go to the Google account two-step verification page, select Get Started, and then verify your identity.

  2. Follow the on-page steps to turn on two-step verification for your personal Google account.

Add your Google account to the app

  1. On the Google account security page, go to the Add more second steps to verify it's you section, choose the  Set up from the Authenticator app section.

  2. On the Get codes from the Authenticator app page, select either Android or iPhone based on your phone type, and then select Next.

  3. You're given a QR code that you can use to automatically associate your account with the Microsoft Authenticator app. Do not close this window.

  4. Open the Microsoft Authenticator app, select Add account from the Customize and control icon in the upper right, and then select Other account (Google, Facebook, etc.).

  5. Use your device's camera to scan the QR code from the Set up Authenticator page on your computer.

    Note: If your camera isn't working properly, you can enter the QR code and URL manually.

  6. Review the Accounts page of the Microsoft Authenticator app on your device, to make sure your account information is right and that there's an associated verification code. For additional security, the verification code changes every 30 seconds preventing someone from using a code multiple times.

  7. Select Next on the Set up Authenticator page on your computer, enter the verification code provided in the app for your Google account, and then select Verify.

  8. Your account is verified, and you can select Done to close the Set up Authenticator page.

Note: For more information about two-step verification and your Google account, see Turn on 2-Step Verification and Learn more about 2-Step Verification.

Add your Facebook account

Add your Facebook account by turning on two-step verification and then adding the account to the app.

Turn on two-step verification

  1. On your computer, open Facebook, select the menu in the top-right corner, and then go to Settings Security and Login. The Security and Login page appears.

  2. Go down to the Use two-factor authentication option in the Two-Factor Authentication section, and then select Edit.

  3. The Two-Factor Authentication page appears.

  4. Select Turn On.

Add your Facebook account to the app

  1. On the Facebook page on your computer, go to the Add a backup section, and then choose Setup from the Authentication app area.

  2. You're given a QR code that you can use to automatically associate your account with the Microsoft Authenticator app. Do not close this window.

  3. Open the Microsoft Authenticator app, select Add account from the Customize and control icon in the upper right, and then select Other account (Google, Facebook, etc.).

  4. Use your device's camera to scan the QR code from the Two factor authentication page on your computer.

    Note: If your camera isn't working properly, you can enter the QR code and URL manually.

  5. Review the Accounts page of the Microsoft Authenticator app on your device, to make sure your account information is right and that there's an associated verification code. For additional security, the verification code changes every 30 seconds preventing someone from using a code multiple times.

  6. Select Next on the Two factor authentication page on your computer, and then type the verification code provided in the app for your Facebook account.

  7. Your account is verified, and you can now use the app to verify your account.

Note: For more information about two-step verification and your Facebook account, see What is two-factor authentication and how does it work?

Add your GitHub account

Add your GitHub account by turning on two-step verification and then adding the account to the app.

Turn on two-step verification

  1. On your computer, open GitHub, select your image from top-right corner, and then select Settings.

  2. The Two-factor authentication page appears.

  3. Select Security from the Personal settings sidebar, and then select Enable two-factor authentication from the Two-factor authentication area.

Add your GitHub account to the app

  1. On the Two-factor authentication page on your computer, select Set up using an app.

  2. Save your recovery codes so you can get back into your account if you lose access, and then select Next. You can save your codes by downloading them to your device, by printing a hard copy, or by copying them into a password manager tool.

  3. On the Two-factor authentication page, select Set up using an app. The page changes to show you a QR code. Do not close this page.

  4. Open the Microsoft Authenticator app, select Add account from the Customize and control icon in the upper right, select Other account (Google, Facebook, etc.), and then select enter this text code from the text at the top of the page.

  5. The Microsoft Authenticator app is unable to scan the QR code, so you must manually enter the code.

  6. Enter an Account name (for example, GitHub) and type the Secret key from Step 4, and then select Finish.

  7. On the Two-factor authentication page on your computer, type the verification code provided in the app for your GitHub account, and then select Enable.

  8. The Accounts page of the app shows you your account name and a verification code. For additional security, the verification code changes every 30 seconds preventing someone from using a code multiple times.

Note: For more information about two-step verification and your GitHub account, see About two-factor authentication.

Add your Amazon account

Add your Amazon account by turning on two-step verification and then adding the account to the app.

Turn on two-step verification

  1. On your computer, open Amazon, select the Account & Lists menu, and then select Your Account.

  2. Select Login & security, sign in to your Amazon account, and then select Edit in the Advanced Security Settings area. The Advanced Security Settings page appears.

  3. Select Get Started.

  4. Select Authenticator App from the Choose how you'll receive codes page. The page changes to show you a QR code. Do not close this page.

  5. Open the Microsoft Authenticator app, select Add account from the Customize and control icon in the upper right, and then select Other account (Google, Facebook, etc.).

  6. Use your device's camera to scan the QR code from the Choose how you'll receive codes page on your computer.

    Note: If your camera isn't working properly, you can enter the QR code and URL manually.

  7. Review the Accounts page of the Microsoft Authenticator app on your device, to make sure your account information is right and that there's an associated verification code. For additional security, the verification code changes every 30 seconds preventing someone from using a code multiple times.

  8. On the Choose how you'll receive codes page on your computer, type the verification code provided in the app for your Amazon account, and then select Verify code and continue.

  9. Complete the rest of the sign-up process, including adding a backup verification method such as a text message, and then select Send code.

  10. On the Add a backup verification method page on your computer, type the  verification code provided by your backup verification method for your Amazon account, and then select Verify code and continue.

  11. On the Almost done page, decide whether to make your computer a trusted device, and then select Got it.

  12. Turn on Two-Step Verification. The Advanced Security Settings page appears, showing your updated two-step verification details.

Note: For more information about two-step verification and your Amazon account, see About Two-Step Verification and Signing in with Two-Step Verification.

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