Update authentication signInPreferences

Namespace: microsoft.graph


APIs under the /beta version in Microsoft Graph are subject to change. Use of these APIs in production applications is not supported. To determine whether an API is available in v1.0, use the Version selector.

Update the properties of a signInPreferences object.


Choose the permission or permissions marked as least privileged for this API. Use a higher privileged permission or permissions only if your app requires it. For details about delegated and application permissions, see Permission types. To learn more about these permissions, see the permissions reference.

Permission type Least privileged permissions Higher privileged permissions
Delegated (work or school account) UserAuthenticationMethod.ReadWrite UserAuthenticationMethod.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported. Not supported.
Application UserAuthenticationMethod.ReadWrite UserAuthenticationMethod.ReadWrite.All

For delegated scenarios where an admin is acting on another user, the administrator needs at least the Authentication Administrator or Privileged Authentication Administrator Microsoft Entra role.

HTTP request

PATCH /users/{id | userPrincipalName}/authentication/signInPreferences

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required.
Content-Type application/json. Required.

Request body

In the request body, supply only the values for properties that should be updated. Existing properties that aren't included in the request body maintains their previous values or be recalculated based on changes to other property values.

The following table specifies the properties that can be updated.

Property Type Description
isSystemPreferredAuthenticationMethodEnabled Boolean Indicates whether the credential preferences of the system are enabled.
userPreferredMethodForSecondaryAuthentication userDefaultAuthenticationMethodType The default second-factor method used by the user when signing in. If a user is enabled for system-preferred authentication, then this value is ignored except for a few scenarios where a user is authenticating via NPS extension or ADFS adapter. Possible values are push, oath, voiceMobile, voiceAlternateMobile, voiceOffice, sms, and unknownFutureValue


If successful, this method returns a 204 No Content response code. It doesn't return anything in the response body.



The following is an example of a request.

PATCH https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/users/071cc716-8147-4397-a5ba-b2105951cc0b/authentication/signInPreferences
Content-Type: application/json

  "userPreferredMethodForSecondaryAuthentication": "oath"


HTTP/1.1 204 No Content