How to go passwordless with your Microsoft account

Removing the password from your Microsoft account increases your account security and allows you to sign in with ease. By going passwordless, instead of signing in with your Microsoft account password, you just verify sign in with your Microsoft Authenticator app. 

Note: This feature is not available if you sign in to Microsoft services with a work or school account.

How to go passwordless

Before going passwordless, you'll need to accept a request we send to your Microsoft Authenticator app. ​

  1. Sign in to your Microsoft Account Additional security options.

  2. Under Password-free account, select Turn on.

  3. Follow the prompts to verify your account.

  4. Approve the request sent to your Microsoft Authenticator app.

  1. Go to https://aka.ms/Authapp on your mobile device, or go to the app store to download and install the Microsoft Authenticator app.

  2. Open the Authenticator app and set up your account in the app by following the prompts.

  3. Sign in to your Microsoft Account Additional security options.

  4. Under Password-free account, select Turn on.

  5. Follow the prompts to verify your account.

  6. Approve the request sent to your Microsoft Authenticator app.

Frequently asked questions about going passwordless

  1. Sign in to your Microsoft Account Additional security options.

  2. Select I don’t have access to my Microsoft Authenticator app​.

  3. Follow the prompts to reinstate a password on your account.

  1. Sign in to your Microsoft Account Additional security options.

  2. Under Password-free account, select Turn off and then Next.

  3. Follow the prompts to add a password back to your account.

  1. Some Windows features including Remote Desktop and Credential Manager will not work. Please continue to use a password with your account.

  2. Some command line and task scheduler services will not work. Please continue to use a password with your account.

Yes. After you enable two-step verification and go passwordless, some apps or older devices (including Outlook 2010, Xbox 360, and mail-sending devices like security cameras) will each need an app password. Learn more about app passwords.

Create an app password

Learn more

How to use the Microsoft Authenticator app

Go passwordless in Windows 10

Sign in to your Microsoft account with Windows Hello or a security key

When you can't sign in to your Microsoft account

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