The Microsoft Authenticator app helps you sign in to your accounts when you're using two-step verification. Multifactor authentication helps you to use your accounts more securely because passwords can be forgotten, stolen, or compromised. Multifactor authentication uses a second step, like your smartphone, to make it harder for other people to break into your account.
Two-step verification: The standard verification method, where one of the factors is your password. After you sign in using your username and password, you can either approve a notification or enter a provided verification code.
Download and Install the App
Install the latest version of the Authenticator app, based on your operating system:
- On your Android device, go to Google Play to download and install the Authenticator app.
- On your Apple iOS device, go to the App Store to download and install the Authenticator app.
If you're not currently on your mobile device, you can still get the Authenticator app if you send yourself a download link from the Authenticator app page.
Setting Up The Microsoft Authenticator App
First time app set up is made easier by having both a computer and your smartphone. You will need to scan a QR code from a screen with your phone.
The first time you log into a syr.edu account, or after your authentication has been reset, you will be prompted to set up multifactor authentication:
- Follow the on screen prompts:
- When adding an account into the app, be sure to choose "Work or School"
- Scan the provided QR code with the app. Note: do not scan the QR below, it is a reference screenshot and will not properly set up your multifactor authentication.
- Approve the test notification sent to your device: