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Microsoft Authenticator Account Backup and Recovery: Coming soon to an iOS device near you!

First published on CloudBlogs on Apr, 24 2018
Howdy folks, Many of you have asked for backup and recovery for the Microsoft Authenticator app. We've heard that need, and that's why I'm happy to announce that we've just released a backup and recovery feature for that app. Now, your Microsoft Authenticator app will keep your account credentials, so you won't get locked out of your accounts when you move to a new device. We're launching this feature beginning with iOS first, and we've already released a private preview to our iOS beta testers. Over the next few weeks, we'll roll this out to all iOS users. We're rolling out to iOS first as building the app using iCloud simplified our development. But later this year, we'll add this feature to the Android version as well. Try it out! If you don't have the Microsoft Authenticator app yet, get it here . If you want to try this feature before it's available to the general public, sign up here to become a beta tester. If you're already one of our beta testers, you can install the update (version 5.7.0) on your iOS device once it's available to you. Turn on Backup In the Microsoft Authenticator app, go to Settings . Under Backup , turn the toggle to ON for Auto backups and follow the prompts. Behind the scenes, this is how it works:
  1. We encrypt your backup data with your personal Microsoft account
  2. We then store the encrypted backup with your iCloud account
And that's it! Your account credentials are now backed up in the cloud and will stay up to date when you add, delete, or edit your accounts. Recover on a new device To recover the app on a new device, sign in to the same iCloud account and personal Microsoft account as on your previous device. After you sign in, the following options will be available:
  1. Your OATH verification codes for your third-party accounts and personal Microsoft accounts
  1. The ability to enable push notifications for your personal, work, or school Microsoft accounts
If you have additional questions, check out our Microsoft Authenticator docs . You can also use the Microsoft Authenticator forum to offer suggestions, ask questions, and talk with our support team and other fans of account security. I hope you'll take some time to check this new feature out. As always, we would love to receive any feedback or suggestions you have. Best Regards, Alex Simons (Twitter: @Alex_A_Simons ) Director of Program Management Microsoft Identity Division [ Update 4/27/18: We’ve received a few questions from Azure AD enterprise customers concerned that this new feature is backing up corporate accounts. We want to make clear that we’re not actually backing up corporate account credentials or any of the associated tokens. Instead, we simply store a placeholder marker to let the user know they previously had that account and they’ll need to take action to set up the account again.]
5 Comments
Occasional Visitor

I know this is a late comment, but I really appreciate what the Microsoft team has done with this app. It's leaps and bounds beyond the Google Authenticator on iOS, and I just finished switching all my accounts on the Google Authenticator over to the Microsoft Authenticator. Good work, folks. 

Occasional Visitor
Please also add to Android
Occasional Visitor

Isn't it a bit embarrassing that this is being added for Apple IOS users before Windows / Android users? 

 

Great that both Apple and Microsoft are putting Apple users first.

Regular Visitor

Google Authenticator, LastPass Authenticator, Authy Authenticator, DUO Mobile Authenticator, etc. all allow Android devices to backup & restore.  Why not Microsoft?  

In another article it was stated that "due to security reasons Android devices could not be backup up".  Is that because your software developers aren't smart enough to figure out how to do it? Or do you not trust the security features of OneDrive?  

 

Asking for a friend.... 

Frequent Visitor

Thanks for the great article on backup and restore for MS Authenticator. A bit dissapointed that it isn't available on Android yet. How can i find out when you will be testing this new feature and maybe be part of the beta testing?