Get passwordAuthenticationMethod

Namespace: microsoft.graph

Retrieve a password that's registered to a user, represented by a passwordAuthenticationMethod object. For security, the password itself will never be returned in the object and the password property is always null.

This API is available in the following national cloud deployments.

Global service US Government L4 US Government L5 (DOD) China operated by 21Vianet


One of the following permissions is required to call this API. To learn more, including how to choose permissions, see Permissions.

Permissions acting on self

Permission type Permissions (from least to most privileged)
Delegated (work or school account) UserAuthenticationMethod.Read, UserAuthenticationMethod.ReadWrite
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported.
Application Not supported.

Permissions acting on other users

Permission type Permissions (from least to most privileged)
Delegated (work or school account) UserAuthenticationMethod.Read.All, UserAuthenticationMethod.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported.
Application UserAuthenticationMethod.Read.All, UserAuthenticationMethod.ReadWrite.All

For delegated scenarios, the administrator needs at least one of the following Microsoft Entra roles.

  • Global Reader
  • Authentication Administrator
  • Privileged Authentication Administrator

Admins with User Administrator, Helpdesk Administrator, or Password Administrator roles can also retrieve password authentication methods for non-admin users and a limited set of admin roles as defined in Who can reset passwords.

HTTP request

Get details of your own password authentication method.

GET /me/authentication/passwordMethods/{id}

Get details of your own or another user's password authentication method.

GET /users/{id | userPrincipalName}/authentication/passwordMethods/{id}

Optional query parameters

This method does not support optional query parameters to customize the response.

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}

Request body

Don't supply a request body for this method.


If successful, this method returns a 200 OK response code and the requested passwordAuthenticationMethod object in the response body.



The following example shows a request.



The following example shows the response.

Note: The response object shown here might be shortened for readability.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-type: application/json

  "@odata.context": "$metadata#users('67273bfa-5cd8-477a-acf7-e13ff81ebf70')/authentication/passwordMethods/$entity",
  "id": "28c10230-6103-485e-b985-444c60001490",
  "password": null,
  "creationDateTime": null