Microsoft Authenticator on Android gets cloud backup and recovery

Microsoft Authenticator

Microsoft is making it easier for Android users to transfer their credentials to new devices using cloud backup and recovery in the Microsoft Authenticator app.

Microsoft has created it possible for Android users to make the Microsoft Authenticator app cloud backup and recovery. Using this function, Android users can transfer their credentials to fresh devices more readily if necessary.

Microsoft Authenticator is a two-factor authentication app for customers to log into their accounts. It can allow passwordless login; react to a user name / password signup prompt for authentication; or behave like a code generator for all other authenticator app supporting accounts.

Microsoft has gradually developed this function over the previous few weeks. As of today, September 12, “there’s 100% now for version 6.6.0 + accessible,” states the Microsoft blog article. Credentials are updated even if customers add, delete or edit accounts, authorities have said.

To enable cloud backup, Authenticator users can go to settings and then set the cloud backup toggle on under “Backup.” To retrieve account credentials on a fresh machine, customers can pick “Begin Recovery” as an account option to log in with their earlier Microsoft account.

For iOS and Android phones, Microsoft Authenticator is accessible. On iOS, users need an iCloud storage location account. Android and iOS users both need a Microsoft personal account to be able to retrieve their accounts. Authenticator only stores private and third-party credentials for customers, i.e. user name and account verification code to demonstrate identity. There is no other account data stored, representatives of Microsoft claim.


Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.