How to Turn Off Entering a Password For Your Microsoft Account

Microsoft is leading the way for a passwordless future. You no longer are required passwords to login to your Microsoft account as you can now use the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key or a verification code sent via SMS or email.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 4, 2021

Microsoft is leading the way for a passwordless future. You no longer are required passwords to login to your Microsoft account as you can now use the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key or a verification code sent via SMS or email. Let’s explore how to setup this feature.

The company has been preparing for a passwordless future for quite some time and its reason behind is the fact that passwords can be easily manipulated.

Vasu Jakkal, Corporate VP of Microsoft’s Security, Compliance and Identity, said “Weak passwords are the entry point for the majority of attacks across enterprise and consumer accounts. There are a whopping 579 password attacks every second—that’s 18 billion every year,” Jakkal added.

This is for devices using Microsoft Account. Screenshots are from iPhone XR.

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First, install the Microsoft Authenticator app and link it to your Microsoft account. There are several authenticator apps, ensure you install the correct one from Microsoft. Refer to below image:

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Download and install the Microsoft Authenticator app

Next, open your Microsoft account. See below image:

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Your Microsoft account

Now, scroll down to Advanced security section and toggle on Passwordless account. See following image:

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Setting Passwordless account option

Then follow the on-screen prompts and approve the notification from the Authenticator app.

Your Microsoft account is now passwordless. You can always go back to using a password for your account.

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Author: Raymond

I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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