Overview about changing your security info (preview) methods and information

You can add, edit, delete, and change your default security info method from within the Security info pages. For more information about each method and how to change your information, see the associated, method-based article.

Two-factor verification versus password reset authentication

Security info methods are used for both two-factor verification and for password reset. However, not all methods can be used for both.

Method Used for
Authenticator app Two-factor verification and password reset authentication.
Text messages Two-factor verification and password reset authentication.
Phone calls Two-factor verification and password reset authentication.
Email account Password reset authentication only. You'll need to choose another method for two-factor verification.
Security questions Password reset authentication only. You'll need to choose another method for two-factor verification.

Method-based how-to articles

This list includes the method-based articles. Each article provides details about how to add, edit, delete, or change your security info based on the specified method.

Article Description
Set up security info for an authenticator app Describes how to modify your security info method for the Microsoft Authenticator app.
Set up security info for text messaging Describes how to modify your security info method for text messaging.
Set up security info to use phone calls Describes how to modify your security info method for phone calls.
Set up security info to use email Describes how to modify your security info method to use an email address.
Set up security info to use pre-defined security questions Describes how to modify your security info method to use security questions.