How to Turn off Two-Step Authentication for Outlook.com

Simplify the login process on your trusted devices

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Setting up two-step authentication is a smart way to keep your Outlook.com account safe. However, for devices that only you use, you may want to turn off two-step authentication to make it quicker to access email messages. On these trusted devices, you'll sign in with your password and code one time; after that, you'll only sign in with the password. If a trusted device is lost, use any browser to revoke this easy access.

Instructions in this article apply to Outlook.com.

Turn Off Two-Step Authentication for Outlook.com for a Specific Device

To set up a computer or mobile device to not require two-step authentication every time you access Outlook.com:

  1. Open a browser on the device you want to authorize to not require two-step authentication and go to Outlook.com.

  2. In the Sign in screen, enter your Outlook.com email address (or an alias for it), then select Next.

    If you are automatically signed in to Outlook.com, select your Profile icon and choose Sign out.

  3. In the Enter password screen, enter your Outlook.com password.

  4. Optionally, select Keep me signed in. Two-step authentication is waived for the device whether or not Keep me signed in is selected.

    Screenshot of Keep Me Signed In
  5. Select Sign in or press Enter.

  6. In the Verify your identity screen, select the method (text, phone, or email) you want to use to receive the verification code.

  7. Depending on the method you chose, enter your phone number or email address to verify that you are the account owner, then select Send code.

  8. In the Enter code screen, enter the two-step authentication code you received by email, text message, phone call, or the Microsoft authenticator app.

  9. Select the Don't ask me again on this device check box.

  10. Select Verify.

In the future, when you sign in to your Outlook.com account on this device, you'll enter your Outlook.com password, but you won't enter the two-step authentication code. If your account is inactive for more than 60 days, two-step authentication is enabled automatically on the device and you'll need the code next time you sign in.

If a device is lost or you suspect somebody might have access to your device, revoke all privileges granted to trusted devices.