Password Manager

Microsoft has released a new version of Microsoft Authenticator that now acts as a password manager for Android and iOS.

With this new feature, you can now autofill credentials into websites and apps that were saved via Authenticator or Microsoft Edge's built-in password manager to your Microsoft account.

Microsoft Edge password manager
Microsoft Edge password manager

Once enabled on Microsoft Authenticator and you log in to an app or website, you will be prompted to autofill your saved password, as shown  below.

Microsoft Authenticator autofilling a password
Microsoft Authenticator autofilling a password

Microsoft Authenticator will also prompt you to save your login credentials when you login successfully to a web site, as shown below.

Saving passwords with Microsoft Authenticator
Saving passwords with Microsoft Authenticator

When saving credentials using Microsoft Authenticator, they will automatically be synchronized with your Microsoft Account, making them available to Microsoft Edge.

To not leave Google Chrome users out of the fun, Microsoft has released a browser extension named 'Microsoft Autofill' that allows you to autofill your saved passwords.

How to setup Microsoft Authenticator password autofill

To use this new feature in Microsoft Authenticator, you have to enable the 'Autofill' beta settings in the app by following these steps:

  1. Open the Microsoft Authenticator app.
  2. Go to Settings, and then under the Beta section, enable the Autofill setting, as shown below.
    Microsoft Authenticator settings
    Microsoft Authenticator settings
  3. Once you enable the Autofill setting, you will now have access to a Passwords section listing all of your saved credentials.
    Microsoft Authenticator passwords section
    Microsoft Authenticator passwords section
  4. You now need to make Microsoft Authenticator your default autofill provider on your mobile device. To do that, follow the below steps for your phone type:
    • iOS: Open Settings > Search for "Autofill Passwords" > Click on "Autofill Passwords" > Select "Authenticator."
    • Android: Open Settings - Search for "Autofill" > Select "Auto-fill service" > Click on "Auto-fill service," and then on the next screen, > Select "Authenticator."
  5. You can now leave your Settings screen, and Microsoft Authenticator will be configured as your mobile device's password manager.

If you do not see the 'Autofill' setting in Microsoft Authenticator, be sure to visit Google Play or the Apple App Store and install the latest version of the app.

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