How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Windows 10

Want to add an extra level of security to your Windows PC?

Enabling two-factor authentication is a great start!

If you are really concerned about the privacy and security of your PC then the two-factor authentication is a must.

The manner this service works is quite simple.

Whenever you or someone else log into your device, you get a separate code on your other associated device to successfully sign-in.

This ensures that your device is on the right hand and nobody misuses your PC.

Here in this tutorial, we are going to check how you can enable two-factor authentication on your Windows 10 PC.

enable two factor authentication windows 10

What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication in simple word means that signing in to your account in two steps, firstly using your username and password and secondly by the code you receive on other accounts.

This gives your account an extra layer of security. And we recommend to turn it on always.

In order to confirm the authenticity, you can choose different options to receive the security code such as your phone, application, or any other email address.

Along with just entering your password on the login page, Windows PC also offers you to choose alternate ways if you are not interested in entering a password.

You can choose a PIN, Picture password, and Dynamic lock option.

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How to Enable TwoStep Authentication on Windows 10

Below we have listed seven simple steps. Follow them to enable two factor authentication on your PC.

If you have any doubts of queries, feel free to reach us from the comment section below!

Step 1: Sign in to Microsoft Account

Go to your Microsoft Account online and log in with your credentials. If you don’t have the create a new one here.

Step 2: Go to Security tab

Now tap on the Security tab from the menu list and from there go to More Security questions.

more security options

Step 3: Choose two-step verification

Now look for Two-step verification option and click Set up two-step verification.

set up two step verification

Step 4: Set up two-step verification

Now follow some instructions and click Next button.

2-step authentication windows

Step 5: Verify your identity

On the next window, you have to choose one option under Verify my identity with as among An app, A phone number, or An alternate email address. You can choose anyone which is convenient for you. Make sure the selected option is available to you at the time of sign-in. Otherwise, you will not receive a security code to sign in.

verify my identity with

Step 6: Verify your phone number

Here we have used a phone number for two-factor authentication. Select your country and enter your phone number and choose either Text or Call to verify it.

verify phone number

Step 7: Save Recovery code

Once you have verified your phone number, your two-step verification is enabled and along with this, you can receive a Recovery code to recover your account in future. You should print it or write it down, and store it in a safe place.

recovery code

Now whenever you log in your account, you have to go through 2-Step verification.

There are many other ways for log in to your Windows PC such as you can set a Login PIN, and Picture Password for secure login. Let us check how it works.

Change Sign in options

Open Settings on your Windows PC. Go to Accounts and tap on Sign-in Options.

sign in options

Now choose from different options

  • Changing your existing alphanumeric password
  • Logging in with a PIN
  • Logging in with a picture password

If you are going to choose a picture password then choose the picture and confirm it. In a similar way if you are going to use PIN then enter the PIN code, confirm it and you are all done.

Conclusion

It is highly recommended you to set two-factor authentication to all your accounts and devices to ensure secure login.

I hope you find this tutorial informative!

I think by now you can easily enable two-step verification on Windows 10.

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