How to Login to Microsoft Account Without Entering Password

It’s been some time since Microsoft has unified several of its services into a single account, allowing you to access your Outlook, Xbox, Office, Skype and Windows with just one username.

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Now, Microsoft accounts have gained a novelty: login without passwords. This means that you can log into the company’s services without having to fill in password fields. In this way, access to these programs is simpler, faster and safer, since authentication is performed on a second device. See the step by step below.

How to Login to Microsoft Account Without Entering Password

Step 1: log in to account.microsoft.com and log in to “Sign in”.

Step 2: enter your email and click on “Next”. On the next page, enter your password to sign in to your Microsoft account.

Step 3: on the Microsoft account home page, click “Security”.

Step 4: Click on “Advanced Security Options”.

Step 5: under “Additional security”, click on the “Account without password” option.

Step 6: you will see a warning from Microsoft saying that “a passwordless account reduces the risk of phishing and password attacks”. In addition, the company points out that by removing your password, “you may lose access to some older apps, services and devices”.

Click “Next”.

Step 7: the magic happens now as the password deletion happens through the Microsoft Authenticator app (Android | iOS). You can also use the link aka.ms/authapp to download the app.

After completing the download on your mobile, go back to the PC screen and click “Next”.

Step 8: on mobile, open the Microsoft Authenticator app. You’ll see a privacy notice where Microsoft claims to collect usage data to improve your app experience. According to Microsoft, “this does not include your name or confidential data.”

If you agree, tap on “I Agree”.

Step 9: Tap on the “Scan a QR code” option.

Step 10: Point the phone camera at the computer screen to read the code and authorize the app. Then, on the PC, tap “Done”.

Step 11: on PC, click “Next” to send an approval request to the Microsoft Authenticator app on mobile.

Step 12: on mobile, tap “Approve” to grant access to the Microsoft Authenticator app.

Step 13: while still on mobile, an “Approved” message will be displayed at the top of the screen.

Step 14: on PC, Microsoft will notify you that your password has been removed. Click “Done”.

Step 15: note that in the “Account without password” option, “ON” will now appear in green, indicating that you have enabled login without passwords in your Microsoft account.

Step 16: Now, every time you open your Microsoft account or any other Microsoft service, you’ll need to authorize access through the Microsoft Authenticator app on your phone.

Also, if your smartphone has a fingerprint reader or facial recognition, the app will use this feature as an extra layer of security to allow access.

How to disable passwordless login option in Microsoft account

You can also revert to the old authentication method whenever you want. For that:

Step 1: sign in to your Microsoft account at account.microsoft.com.

Step 2: click on “Security”.

Step 3: Go to “Advanced Security Options”.

Step 4: under “Additional security”, in the “Account without password” option, click “Off”.

Step 5: to confirm, click “Next”.

Step 6: you will need to create a typed password. Enter a trust string and click “Next” to finish.

A lot of people can still look suspiciously at a technology that dispenses with typing the passwords we are used to. However, the novelty made available for Microsoft accounts comes precisely to facilitate this process and increase security.

Still, if you don’t feel comfortable making this change, just go back to the traditional method. Just be sure to create a strong password that is different from the other passwords you use on the internet and update it frequently to reduce the risk of possible cyberattacks.

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