How to Set Up Multi-factor Authentication for Office 365 Users?

This article is all about setting-up multi-factor authentication for Microsoft 365 mailboxes. Check this step-by-step guide to ensure how to bulk enable/disable MFA (Multi-factor Authentication) for Office 365 users. Enabling MFA helps better secure email accounts and Microsoft 365 access. Before moving on to methods we will discuss what Multi-factor Authentication is and why it is used for.

What is Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)?

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) also known as two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security enhancement that helps us to add a layer of protection to the sign-in process. Enabling Multi-factor authentication prevents stealing your information from hackers/criminals. Microsoft supports multi-factor authentication in its products and services including Office 365.

Why MFA or two-factor Authentication is used?

By setting up Multi-factor Authentication MFA, we can add an additional layer of security to your Microsoft 365 account sign-in. When we enable MFA for our Office 365 accounts and try to log in then, first we need to enter our password and, also type a dynamically generated verification code sent to the registered number. Remember one thing before enabling MFA you must be a Global admin to manage MFA.

Easy Steps to Bulk Enable MFA for Office 365 Users

  1. Log in to your Office 365 Control Panel. Select Office 365 Admin Center from the left pane.Office 365 Admin
  2. From the Users > Active user’s page > Select Multi-factor
  3. Select the check box next to the users you need to enable multi-factor authentication for. Under quick steps, click on Enable link. That’s it.enable MFA Office 365

Note: Once you turn on MFA for your Office 365 users and make them forced to use MFA then also enforce those users.

Steps to enforce multi-factor authentication for a user:

  1. Log in to your Office 365 Control Panel. Select Office 365 Admin Center from the left pane.
  2. From the Active user’s page > Select Multi-factor authentication.
  3. Select the check box next to the user you need to enforce multi-factor authentication. Under quick steps, click on Enforce.enforce mfa
  4. When you are prompted, select enforce multi-factor authentication, then close.

Thus, the selected users are now required to configure and use multi-factor authentication for their accounts.

Turn-Off MFA (Multi-factor Authentication) in Bulk

If you have previously turned on MFA for Office 365 users and now want to turn it off then follow the given below steps.

  1. In the Microsoft 365 admin center, select Users from the left pane and click on Active users.
  2. On the Active user’s page > Select Multi-factor authentication.
  3. On the multi-factor authentication page, select required users or all users and set their Multi-Factor Authentication status to Disabled.enforce mfa

Wrapping up: This article describes how to set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) for Office 365 users. We also covered related queries like how to enforce or disable multi-factor authentication. If you like this article then don’t forget to like and share it with your friends.

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