How to use a Microsoft account without a password

Logging into an account online generally requires you to enter a password. While you can use a password manager to manage all your complex passwords without having to remember them, Microsoft goes one step further to completely remove passwords from the equation. This move is part of the company’s efforts to lay the foundation for a password-free future. In fact, now you can remove the password from your Microsoft account and we will teach you how to do it in this guide.

Use a Microsoft account without password.

You will need to install the Microsoft Authenticator app (Android, iOS) when you are ready to switch to a password-free Microsoft account. Log in to the Authentication app with your Microsoft account and follow the steps below to remove your account password.

Steps to switch to a Microsoft account without password

  1. Log into your Microsoft account and click on ‘Security’from the top bar.
  2. Under Basic Security, you will find ‘Advanced Security Options’Click ‘Get Started’to see all the security settings.
  3. Under Additional Security, find a new option “Account without password” and click on ‘Activate’to remove the password from your Microsoft account.
  4. You will now see a pop-up window that will guide you through the setup process. Click ‘Next’to continue.
  5. Shortly after, you will see a message asking you to check the Authenticator app on your phone to approve the password removal request.
  6. Open the Authenticator application on your phone and tap ‘Approve’to confirm the request.
  7. And that’s it. You have successfully removed your Microsoft account password. In the future, you can log into your Microsoft account using the Authenticator app, physical security keys, or Windows Hello biometrics.

Apps and services that don’t support Microsoft passwordless accounts

Switching to a Microsoft account without a password can damage some applications and services. You must continue to use a password if you use one of the services listed below:

  • Xbox 360
  • Office 2010 or earlier
  • Office for Mac 2011 or earlier
  • Products and services that use IMAP and POP email services
  • Windows 8.1, Windows 7 or earlier
  • Some Windows features, including remote desktop and credential manager
  • Some command line and task scheduling services

Leave passwords behind with a passwordless Microsoft account

So those are the steps required to switch to a password-free Microsoft account. As you can see, the process is pretty straightforward and it should be convenient as long as you don’t lose your phone. If you no longer have access to the Authenticator app, try a recovery method, such as a backup email address or text message. If you’re not ready to jump into a passwordless future, consider using strong passwords and switch to a good password manager.

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