Alumni: Setting Up Microsoft Authenticator App
This article covers how alumni can set up the Microsoft Authenticator app to use for two-step verification (2FA).
You will need to log in to your CSUF Microsoft account on a computer/laptop as well as have your smart phone available to install the app.
1. Download the Microsoft Authenticator app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
2. On a computer or laptop, go to the Microsoft Office portal.
3. Enter your campus email address (if not already populated). Then click Next.
- Enter your campus email address (e.g., [email protected]).
- Then click Next.
4. Enter your campus password. Then click Sign In.
- Enter your campus password. This is the same password that you use to log on to the campus portal.
- Then click Sign In.
5. Enter the code that you received via text message. Then click Verify.
- Enter the code you received via text message on your phone.
- Click Verify.
- Didn't get the text message? Click Sign in another way to have Microsoft Authenticator call your phone.
6. If you are on a device that you use frequently, click Yes to stay signed in.
8. Click View account.
9. Select Security info on the left menu.
11. Choose Authenticator app and then click Add.
12. A Microsoft Authenticator mini-wizard pops up. You will be going back and forth between this mini-wizard and the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device. Click Next.
13. Open the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device. If you see the "peace of mind" screen, tap Skip.
If you are prompted to allow notifications, tap Allow.
14. Tap Add account or the plus sign icon at the top right.
15. Tap Work or school account.
16. On your computer/laptop, click Next in the Microsoft Authenticator mini-wizard.
17. A QR code will pop up on your computer/laptop screen.
18. On your mobile device, choose Scan QR code.
You may need to allow Microsoft Authenticator to access your mobile device's camera.
19. Hold your mobile device up to the computer/laptop screen to scan the QR code.
20. Your account will now show up in Authenticator.
21. On your computer/laptop, click Next.
22. Microsoft Authenticator will now send a test notification to your mobile device.
23. On your mobile device, tap Approve on the pop-up message in Microsoft Authenticator.
24. On your computer/laptop, click Next.
25. You're done! If you want to make Microsoft Authenticator your default sign-in method, click Change and then select Microsoft Authenticator.
It's optional to make Microsoft Authenticator your default sign-in method, but changing this option will allow you to get automatic push notifications from Microsoft Authenticator when you need to authenticate your CSUF account.
Need More Help?
Contact the Student IT Help Desk at [email protected] or 657-278-8888.