How to log into your Microsoft account without entering a password

It’s been a while since Microsoft has unified several of its services into a single account, allowing you to access your Outlook, Xbox, Office, Skype and Windows with just one username .

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Now, Microsoft accounts have gained a new feature: login without passwords. This means you can log into the company’s services without having to fill in password fields. This way, access to these programs is simpler, faster and more secure, since authentication is done on a second device. See the step-by-step below.

How to login to a Microsoft account without entering a password

Step 1: Log in to account.microsoft.com and log in again at “Login”.

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The Microsoft account groups several company services in one place. Let’s access it from the website above (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 2: enter your email and click in “Next”. On the next page, enter your password to log into your Microsoft account.

Enter your e-mail address mail registered at Microsoft and click on “Next” (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 3: on the home page of Microsoft account, click on “Security”.

Access the “Security” tab, which guards important information about the security of your Microsoft account (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 4: click on “Options for advanced security.”

The Microsoft account provides advanced settings to keep your data more secure (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 5: under “Additional security”, click on the option “Account without password”.

Note that since your account is still dependent on a password, the text “Activate” appears. That’s where we’ll configure the login without password (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 6: you will see a warning of Microsoft saying that “an account without a password reduces the risk of phishing and password attacks”. In addition, the company highlights that, by removing your password, “you may lose access to some older applications, services and devices”.

Click on “Next”.

Carefully read the Microsoft notice and proceed to the next step (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 7: the magic happens now, as the password deletion happens through the Microsoft Authenticator application (Android | iOS). You can also use the aka.ms/authapp link to download the app.

After completing the mobile download, go back to the PC screen and click “Next”.

After downloading the mobile authentication app, click “Next” on your phone. PC for us to continue (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 8: On your mobile, open the Microsoft Authenticator app. You’ll see a privacy notice, in which Microsoft claims to collect usage data to improve your app experience. According to Microsoft, “this does not include your name or confidential data.”

If you agree, tap “I Agree”.

Another notice from Microsoft, now on mobile, informing about the privacy and security of the application (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech )

Step 9: tap the option “Scan a QR code”.

The simplest option is to use the phone’s camera to read the QR Code that appears on the PC screen (Screenshot : Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step : Point the phone camera at the computer screen to read the code and authorize the app. Then, on the PC, tap “Done”.

When the code is scanned, click “Done” on the PC (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step : on PC, click “Next” to send an approval request for the Microsoft Authenticator app on mobile.

Back to the PC, you will send an approval request for the application on your mobile (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 09: on the cell phone, tap “ Approve”, to release access to the Microsoft Authenticator app.

Approve the use of password-free login by the Microsoft on mobile (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 10: still on the cell phone, an “Approved” message will be displayed at the top of the screen.

In addition to login without passwords, the authentication app supports other formats access to the Microsoft account. For each of them, on the first approval, you will see this “Approved” message at the top of the screen (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 12: on the PC, Microsoft will notify you that your password has been removed. Click on “Done”.

AND ready! Your entered password has been removed, simplifying access to your Microsoft account (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 12: note that, in the “Account without password” option, “ TURN ON” in green, indicating that you have enabled login without passwords to your Microsoft account.

When you access the “Security” tab, you will see that the account without password option will be activated (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 17: now, every time you open your Microsoft account or any other Microsoft service, you will need to authorize access through the Microsoft Authenticat app or on your cell phone.

Also, if your smartphone has a fingerprint reader or facial recognition, the app will use this feature as an extra layer of security to allow access.

For each new access to your Microsoft account , you will have to authorize the request through the mobile app (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

How to disable the password-less login option for the Microsoft account

It is also possible to go back to the old authentication method whenever you want. For this:

Step 1: access your Microsoft account under account .microsoft.com.

To return to the traditional method of passwords, it is also very simple. Enter the Microsoft accounts website (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 2: Click on “Security”.

Go again to the “Security” option to open your account settings (Screenshot : Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 3: Go to “Advanced Security Options”.

Open advanced security options to continue (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 4: in “Additional security”, in the option “Account without password”, click “Disconnect” .

And the same path that we explained before previously, but now, instead of activating the account without a password, you will deactivate the feature (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 5: to confirm, click “Next”.

Microsoft will inform you that you will need to create a new password entered to access your account (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Step 6: you will need to create a typed password. Enter a trust string and click “Next” to finish.

Remembering that the new password cannot be the same as any other password previously used in your account (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho/Canaltech)

Many people can still look with suspicion on a technology that does not need typing of the passwords we are used to. However, the news made available for Microsoft accounts comes precisely to facilitate this process and increase security.

Still, if you don’t feel comfortable making this change, just go back to traditional method. Just be sure to create a strong password that is different from other passwords you use on the internet and update it frequently to reduce the risk of possible cyber attacks.

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