Microsoft Authenticator Brings Passwords Autofill To Mobile Devices
Tech giant Microsoft has released a public preview of password management and autofill capability in the Microsoft Authenticator app.
Any sites or apps you visit on your mobile device, Authenticator will help you autofill strong passwords without having to remember them. These passwords can be synced across mobile and desktop, so you can seamlessly autofill passwords as you move across devices.
Once you make Authenticator an autofill provider, it will offer to save your passwords when you enter them on a site or app’s login page. Your synced passwords are protected on mobile with multi-factor authentication.
These passwords are synced using your Microsoft account (outlook.com, hotmail.com, live.com, etc.), making them also available on your desktop with Microsoft Edge and the new Google Chrome extension.
How To Setup Microsoft Authenticator Password Autofill
To use this new feature in Microsoft Authenticator, you have to enable the ‘Autofill’ beta settings in the app by following these steps:
- Open the Microsoft Authenticator app.
- Go to Settings, and then under the Beta section, enable the Autofill setting, as shown below
- Once you enable the Autofill setting, you will now have access to a Passwords section listing all of your saved credentials.
- You now need to make Microsoft Authenticator your default autofill provider on your mobile device. To do that, follow the below steps for your phone type:
- iOS: Open Settings > Search for “Autofill Passwords” > Click on “Autofill Passwords” > Select “Authenticator.”
- Android: Open Settings – Search for “Autofill” > Select “Auto-fill service” > Click on “Auto-fill service,” and then on the next screen, > Select “Authenticator.”
- You can now leave your Settings screen, and Microsoft Authenticator will be configured as your mobile device’s password manager.
If you do not see the ‘Autofill’ setting in Microsoft Authenticator, be sure to visit Google Play or the Apple App Store and install the latest version of the app.