Enabling two-step verification (also known as two-factor authentication) in Hotmail will add an extra layer of protection to your account. When two-step verification is activated, it’s not possible to login with regular password only; you require additional verification code. You can get those unique security codes via text or authenticator app.
You might think it’s lengthy login process but don’t worry as you don’t need to enter authentication code to log in from trusted device. The code is only required when you’ve to access Hotmail account from unknown device or browser.
Microsoft has offered 2 step verification since 2013. Once you activated 2 step verification on Hotmail, it will be automatically activated on all Microsoft services that are associated with that email ID.
How to Activate Hotmail Two-Step Verification?
- Visit Microsoft account setting page directly or Click on your profile pic and click ‘View Account’.
- Click on ‘Security’ option. There are some basic security settings. At the bottom of the page, you’ll see ‘More security option’ link. Visit that link.
- Hotmail may ask to re-enter password as you are accessing sensitive info.
- Select ‘Set up two-step verification’. Read instructions carefully and click till finish. If you have a very old device, read and follow instructions, otherwise, just ignore and finish.
- Your 2 step verification is now activated. You need set up the app to receive verification code by clicking on ‘Set up verification app’
- Select your device, either its Windows Phone, Android or iPhone. If you are using primary email id and device than Go to Play Store or App Store and download and install Microsoft authenticator app. If you want to use Google authenticator or another 3rd party apps, select the option ‘Other’ in device selection.
- Scan the QR code from your authenticator app. Enter the number your app produced in your account, and your device set up is complete.
- From next time when login into Hotmail from an unknown device, you need security code which is produced in your authenticator app.
How to Disable Hotmail Two-step verification
- Visit account setting page of Hotmail.
- Go to Security option > Additional Security option.
- Click on the ‘Turn off Two Step Verification’.