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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Using Two-Factor Authentication in Salesforce with Windows 10 Mobile

As part of the Trailhead User Authentication - Secure Your Users' Identity module I enabled Two-Factor authentication for a user in my developer org.

Upon logging in with the user required to use 2FA I now get the following prompt to download the "Salesforce Authenticator from the App Store or Google Play":

As a Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile user this wasn't really an option for me.

Happily, Salesforce is using the IETF RFC 6238 time-based one-time password (TOTP) algorithm. Being a standard we can substitute in another app that is available - such as Microsoft's Authenticator.

  • Use the "Choose Another Verification Method" link at the bottom of the "Connect Salesforce Authenticator" page.
  • Choose "Use verification codes from an authenticator app"
  • Start the Authenticator app on your phone. Use the "add" app bar button. Use the "Scan" button.
  • Optionally tap the new entry to give it a more meaningful name.
  • Use the generated code to complete the authentication process.

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