Microsoft Authenticator iOS app gets account backup and recovery

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read
Microsoft Authenticator iOS app

If disaster strikes your iOS device, have no fear because Microsoft is here. The company just announced that the iOS version of the Microsoft Authenticator app got account backup and recovery. As you can probably already tell by the name of this new feature, it will allow users to recover data via two-step verification in the unfortunate event of losing the device, accidental deletion or if you want to access your data from another device.

Backup and recovery is currently available to the beta version of the app

The feature is available for the moment only for the beta version of Microsoft Authenticator, and it will shortly reach all iOS users. This will probably happen in the next few weeks so you can look forward to it without panicking that you won’t get it. The rollout process is a gradual one, and this means that it will not reach everyone exactly at the same time. Patience will turn out to be your friend just like during other Microsoft experiences.

Anyway, the new version of Microsoft Authenticator app, verification account will be encrypted via users’ Microsoft accounts. The encrypted backup will be uploaded to Apple iCloud where it will be stored.

Install the Microsoft Authenticator app in case of disaster

If you lost your phone, want to add verification accounts to a different device, or if you delete your data, all you have to do is install the Microsoft Authenticator app and login into your Microsoft Account. After you’re all logged in, your iCloud backup will be decrypted and made available for you on the new device.

If you’re still out of patience, and you really want to try out this new feature before it’s made available to the general public you can sign up to test the beta Microsoft Authenticator app right now. If you’re accepted, you will be able to install the beta version of the app via Apple’s TestFlight app.

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