How to enable Hotmail 2-Step Verification

Set up 2-Step Verification to protect your Hotmail account and your Microsoft account from being attacked by hackers and gaining control.

Microsoft offers users 3 options to set up 2 step verification. You can use your email address, phone number, or use the Authenticator application to set up two-tier protection for your Outlook and Microsoft accounts.

1. Use Authenticator to set up 2-Step Verification

To set up two layers of security with an Authenticator, follow these steps:

1. Click on the link to access your Microsoft account security settings and log in your information here.

You login Hotmail account, click on your name in the top right corner and then click on Account Settings.

2. Next click the Setup two-step verification link.

Click Next.

4. If you are trying to set up 2-layer security for the account that is connected to your mobile device, from the drop-down menu, click An app.

5. Select your device (such as Windows Phone, Android or iPhone), then click Next.

6. Follow the steps below on your device:

– With Windows Phone:

1. Install the Authenticator app.

2. After downloading and installing Authenticator, your next task is to launch the application.

3. Click the + icon to add a new account.

4. Click the camera icon on the screen and scan the barcode to pair the device.

5. The last step is to enter the connection code on your mobile device and click Next.

– With Android devices:

1. Install the Microsoft Account application.

2. After installation, open the Microsoft Account application.

3. Click the Set up now button.

4. Enter the account information you want to link and click Next.

5. Click Finish to complete the process.

– With iPhone:

1. Install the Azure Authenticator application.

2. After installation, proceed to open the Azure Authenticator application.

3. Click Scan QR code to pair your device.

4. Finally enter the connection code on your mobile device and click Next.

7. Note the recovery code in case you need to use it then click Next.

8. Click Next.

9. Click Finish.

Set up 2-Step Verification with a phone number

In addition to using Authenticator, you can use your phone number to set up two-tier protection for your Outlook and Microsoft accounts.

1. Click on the link to access your Microsoft account security settings and login your information here.

You can also sign in with your Outlook.com account, click on your name in the top right corner and then click on Account Settings.

2. Click the Set up two-step verification link.

Click Next.

4. From the drop-down menu, click on the A phone number option, then enter your phone number.

5. Select the security code received via SMS or via the voice call and click Next.

6. Enter the security code you received and click Next.

7. Click Next.

Click Finish to finish.

Set up 2-Step Verification with the email address

To set up two layers of protection for your Outlook account and Microsoft account using your email address, follow these steps:

1. Click on the link to access your Microsoft account security settings and login your information here.

You can also sign in with your Outlook.com account, click on your name in the top right corner and then click on Account Settings.

2. Click the Set up two-step verification link.

Click Next.

From the drop-down menu choose An alternate email address and enter your email address.

5. Click Next.

6. Log in with your email account, then enter the Microsoft account code you received and click Next.

7. Next, click Next.

8. Click Finish to finish.

4. Create a new password for the application

After you set up two layers of protection, some applications like Xbox 360, desktop Outlook app for PC or Mac, Office 2010, Office for Mac 2011 or earlier, Windows Essentials application and other applications. will not work with old password. The reason is simple: these applications do not support dual layer protection.

However, you can fix this by creating a password for each device that requires a password.

1. Click on the link to access your Microsoft account security settings and login your information here.

2. Under App Passwords, click the Create a new app password link.

3. Enter the new password that you want to create for each application, device.

4. Repeat steps to create an application password for each device.

If you do not want to use the password, open the security settings page and click the Remove existing app passwords link.

5. Set up one layer protection

In case if you want to disable the 2 layer protection settings, follow these steps:

1. Click on the link to access your Microsoft account security settings and login your information here.

2. Next, click the Turn off two-step verification link.

3. Click Yes to confirm.

4. Under the Identity verification app, click the Turn off existing apps link.

5. Click Remove to complete the removal of the two layer protection settings on your account.