Microsoft Authenticator on Apple Watch

Microsoft Authenticator App Coming to Apple Watch

Microsoft has announced that a Microsoft Authenticator app for Apple Watch is in beta and will be released to the public in the coming weeks.  The app, which will be a part of the v6 update of the app, will give users standalone access to their 2-factor authentication accounts without having to open or use their phone at all.  It can all be done from your Apple Watch.

Today if you have Microsoft Authenticator installed on your iPhone, when you try to authenticate an account, you will get a push notification (a screenshot of what that looks like is after the break).  From there you can approve authentications with the Approve button.

The problem with the push notification is if I have an account where i need to type or get my numeric authentication key for an account.  Today, in version 5.9 of the app, you have to use the iPhone app to get those digits.  With this new version that will be coming out, I can get those codes directly from my Apple Watch

Microsoft Authenticator on Apple Watch

Microsoft Authenticator on Apple Watch

If you don’t want to wait and want to give the new Microsoft Authenticator app a try, you can join the Microsoft Authenticator TestFlight user group.  Do to that, go to this link and apply.  You’ll be sent instructions on what you need to do to get going in the program including downloading of the TestFlight app.

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of the beta program, you shouldn’t have to wait long.  Microsoft expects this update to be out in a few weeks.

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