Authenicator App only providing 8 digit codes - that don't work

LouiseA 1 Reputation point
2022-10-29T23:14:18.29+00:00

Why is the MS authenticator app only giving me 8-digit codes when I am always asked for a 6-digit code? This has been a big problem for a couple of years now and there is still no fix. I have tried downloading the app again, switching on and off the 2-step verification, many times. It is very frustrating.

Microsoft Authenticator
Microsoft Authenticator
A Microsoft app for iOS and Android devices that enables authentication with two-factor verification, phone sign-in, and code generation.
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  1. Carlos Solís Salazar 17,426 Reputation points MVP
    2022-10-30T12:39:03.17+00:00

    Hi @LouiseA

    Thank you for asking this question on the **Microsoft Q&A Platform. **

    I agree it can be very frustrating, in a situation like this.

    I found some previous answers that can guide you to fix your issue.

    Why is the MS authenticator app only giving me 8-digit codes when I am always asked for a 6-digit code?

    I believe you are seeing the 8-digit code on your Authenticator App because the Passwordless signing is enabled for your Microsoft account (personal Microsoft account)
    I would suggest you to take a look at the steps mentioned here and see if this helps: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/c04a9e6c-9bd0-43b2-80f9-2399242b3f92/microsoft-authenticator-app-gives-8-digit-code-instead-of-required-6-for-azure?forum=ApplicationInsights#:\~:text=You%20should%20have%20setup%20a,provide%20you%208%20digit%20codes.&text=Two%20step%20verification%20provides%206%20digit%20codes.

    Source: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/answers/questions/155332/authenticator-produces-8-digit-instead-of-six-digi.html

    Hope this helps!


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