Security – You can now backup your Microsoft Authenticator application

It has been a long awaited feature for the Microsoft Authenticator application: being able to backup your multi factor accounts and recover them.

Well, the wait is now over as you can now backup your MFA accounts and off course recover them when reusing the same account.

It works for both personal and work profiles (if you have a device which offers personal and work profiles) on Android; possibly also on iOS (but as I don’t have an Apple device can’t confirm).

You need to use a Microsoft Account (MSA) to backup your Microsoft Authenticator application; even if you use it from the device work profile.

If you have Microsoft Authenticator application installed in both personal and work profile and use the same MSA account, you will be requested if you want to overwrite the backup created from the first instance. You can not use Corporate account to backup your Microsoft Authenticator application.

To enable the backup capability, just access the Options menu (the 3 dot shown at the top right of the application) and choose to Turn on backup – or access the Settings and enable the Cloud Backup feature.

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It will then automatically use your MSA account (if you have one already configured in your Authenticator app, otherwise you will be requested to sign in to your MSA account)

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If you don’t have your MSA configured in the Authenticator application you will then be requested to sign in to your MSA account

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If you have more than one instance of the application installed and have already configured the backup for one of the instance and try to enable it on the second one, you will be requested if you want to overwrite it if you use the same MSA account

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