Two-step verification helps protect you by making it more difficult for someone else to sign in to your Microsoft account. It uses two different forms of identity: your password, and a contact method. Even if someone else finds your password, they’ll be stopped if they don’t have access to your other devices or accounts. (This is also why it’s important to use different passwords for all your accounts.)

This is why Microsoft Authenticator app arrives. The app provide a key to unlock your device with two-step verification. This is most useful for those users with computer or tablet with Windows 10 can easily unlock their device using mobile phone application (through bluetooth) without a PIN or password.


Note: This app is still in beta and can be downloaded if you are on Redstone.  Future versions will include support for Microsoft account, a sign-in solution for browsers and VPN, one-time passcode generation, and MFA approval through notifications.

Download Microsoft Authenticator for Windows 10 Mobile 


  • natgrenadine

    Windows 10 absolutely sucks on a PC…of course, Microsoft seems to think there’s no such thing as a PC these days….perhaps one day, but not today.

    After only 3 days of it pre-installed on my Dell laptop, I’ve spent 3 weeks worth of troubleshooting. My personal issues with Windows 10:
    1) Ridiculously unstable. Plan on a forced reboot 2-3 times per hour..
    2) Ridiculous user interface. I mean, I’m sure it’s fine for a phone or
    something, but I don’t use my laptop like a phone–it’s a workstation…or would be, if I could use it without breaking it every 20 minutes…
    3) Ridiculously incompatible with all your favorite programs. I regularly use firefox, Solidworks, VBA in Excel, Visio–imagine using these on your phone–and imagine your phone giving
    you a blue screen of death when you sneeze–that about sums up my user experience this week. Firefox: security issues. VBA: compatibility issues. Visio: Compatibility issues. Solidworks: Graphics/stability issues. Believe it or not, but even some Office programs are upside-down in W10. If ever the Apple crowd had a moment to crow…

    My plan: Return my system to Dell, and purchase a new one from a more reputable supplier–ie: one that doesn’t suggest a faulty operating system as a default option to its customers.

    • Mayank Parmar

      Well, same on mobile. Performance is cringe