Never enter Microsoft account passwords again with the new passwordless account feature

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 15, 2021
Updated • Sep 15, 2021

Microsoft announced the general available of a new passwordless account feature for personal Microsoft accounts today. The feature is being rolled out to all personal Microsoft account customers over the course of the coming months.

Microsoft accounts, just like most user accounts on the Internet and locally, require a password for protection. Customers may improve security by enabling two-step verification using Microsoft's Authenticator application or other means.

From today on, customers may enable the passwordless account to sign-in to the account, e.g. on Windows devices or Microsoft websites, without having to supply the account password.

The account password is removed from the account, and users need to use other sign-in options such as Microsoft's Authenticator application, Windows Hello, physical security keys, or as a last resort SMS/Email codes.

One of the requirements is that users need to have set up the Microsoft Authenticator application on at least one of their devices and linked it to the Microsoft Account. The application may be in use already as part of the two-step verification process.

Note: some older applications and services don't support passwordless access. These can't be signed-in to anymore if the account is set up to be passwordless.

Microsoft lists Xbox 360, Office 2010 or earlier, Office for Mac 2011 or earlier, products and services which use IMAP or POP3 email services, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, "some Windows features" including Remote Desktop and Credential Manager, "some" command line and task scheduler services.

Microsoft Passwordless account

microsoft passwordless account

With that out of the way, Passswordless account can be enabled in the following way:

  1. Open the Microsoft account website and sign-in to the account that you want to make passwordless.
  2. Scroll down to Additional security.
  3. Select the Turn on link under Passwordless account.

set-up passwordless account

The page displays information about the feature.

A passwordless account reduces the risk of phishing and password attacks.
To start setup, select Next, then approve the request from the Microsoft Authenticator app on your phone to remove your password.
Once you remove your password, you may lose access to some older apps, services, and devices

Select the Next button to proceed on the page. You are asked to verify the password removal in the authenticator application. Once done, you will get a "password removed" confirmation page.

password removed

You won't be asked for the account password anymore when you sign-in. Instead, you are asked to verify the sign-in using the Authenticator application. The process is quick but it requires that you have the Microsoft Authenticator application at hand to sign-in.

Customers who don't have access to the Microsoft Authenticator application may still sign-in to their account using alternate recovery methods (such as backup email addresses or text messages). It is important to set these up before enabling the passwordless account feature. Setup options are provided on the same page passwordless account is turned on or off.

Passwords can be added back to the account by repeating the steps described above. Activate the "turn off" option under passwordless account, follow the instructions and specify a new account password for the account.

Enterprise and Education administrators may check out instructions on enabling passwordless sign-ins here.

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  1. Some Dude said on March 19, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Are these articles AI generated?

    Now the duplicates are more obvious.

    1. boris said on March 19, 2023 at 11:48 pm

      This is below AI generated crap. It is copy of Microsoft Help website article without any relevant supporting text. Anyway you can find this information on many pages.

  2. Paul(us) said on March 20, 2023 at 1:32 am

    Yes, but why post the exact same article under a different title twice on the same day (19 march 2023), by two different writers?
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    2.) 70+ Excel Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows by Priyanka Monteiro

    Why oh why?

    1. Clairvaux said on September 6, 2023 at 11:30 am

      Yeah. Tell me more about “Priyanka Monteiro”. I’m dying to know. Indian-Portuguese bot ?

  3. John G. said on August 18, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    Probably they will announce that the taskbar will be placed at top, right or left, at your will.

    Special event by they is a special crap for us.

  4. yanta said on August 18, 2023 at 11:59 pm

    If it’s Microsoft, don’t buy it.
    Better brands at better prices elsewhere.

  5. John G. said on August 20, 2023 at 4:22 am

    All new articles have zero count comments. :S

  6. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 7:48 am

    WTF? So, If I add one photo to 5 albums, will it count 5x on my storage?
    It does not make any sense… on google photos, we can add photo to multiple albums, and it does not generate any additional space usage

    I have O365 until end of this year, mostly for onedrive and probably will jump into google one

  7. St Albans Digital Printing Inc said on September 5, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Photo storage must be kept free because customers chose gadgets just for photos and photos only.

  8. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    What a nonsense. Does it mean that albums are de facto folders with copies of our pictures?

    1. GG said on September 6, 2023 at 8:24 am

      Sounds exactly like the poor coding Microsoft is known for in non-critical areas i.e. non Windows Core/Office Core.

      I imagine a manager gave an employee the task to create the album feature with hardly any time so they just copied the folder feature with some cosmetic changes.

      And now that they discovered what poor management results in do they go back and do the album feature properly?

      Nope, just charge the customer twice.

      Sounds like a go-getter that needs to be promoted for increasing sales and managing underlings “efficiently”, said the next layer of middle management.

  9. d3x said on September 5, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    When will those comments get fixed? Was every editor here replaced by AI and no one even works on this site?

  10. Scroogled said on September 5, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    Instead of a software company, Microsoft is now a fraud company.

  11. ard said on September 7, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    For me this is proof that Microsoft has a back-door option into all accounts in their cloud.
    quote “…… as the MSA key allowed the hacker group access to virtually any cloud account at Microsoft…..”

    so this MSA key which is available to MS officers can give access to all accounts in MS cloud.This is the backdoor that MS has into the cloud accounts. Lucky I never got any relevant files of mine in their (MS) cloud.

  12. Andy Prough said on September 7, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    >”Now You: what is your theory?”

    That someone handed an employee a briefcase full of cash and the employee allowed them access to all their accounts and systems.

    Anything that requires 5-10 different coincidences to happen is highly unlikely. Occam’s razor.

  13. TelV said on September 8, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Good reason to never login to your precious machine with a Microsoft a/c a.k.a. as the cloud.

  14. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    The GAFAM are always very careless about our software automatically sending to them telemetry and crash dumps in our backs. It’s a reminder not to send them anything when it’s possible to opt out, and not to opt in, considering what they may contain. And there is irony in this carelessness biting them back, even if in that case they show that they are much more cautious when it’s their own data that is at stake.

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