By setting up MFA, you add an extra layer of security to your Microsoft 365 account sign-in. For example, you first enter your password and, when prompted, you also type a dynamically generated verification code provided by an authenticator app or sent to your phone.
Sign in to www.office.com with your school account with your password like you normally do. After you choose Sign in, you'll be prompted for more information.
Hockaday suggests you use SMS messages sent to your phone instead, select I want to set up a different method. Microsoft 365 will ask for your mobile number, then send you an SMS message containing a 6-digit code to verify your device.
- Select Authentication phone
- Enter cell phone number
- Select receive text messages
- Will receive a text message with a 6-digit code
Enter the 6-digit code on the laptop
Copy the long password, paste into word and save it to OneDrive or take a picture with phone (this is needed for Outlook)
Once you complete the instructions to specify your additional verification method, the next time you sign in to Microsoft 365, you'll be prompted to provide the additional verification information or action, such as typing the verification code sent to you by text message.
If you ever need to change the cell phone number associated with your account for MFA, please go to aka.ms/mfasetup or come to the helpdesk on the 3rd floor of the LLARC.
Note: Generally you'll only need the additional verification method the first time you sign into a new app or device, or after you've changed your password. You probably won't be asked for the additional verification code on a daily basis, unless your organization requires it.