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Microsoft Authenticator app for Apple Watch now available for all (Update)

Updated September 11, 2018: After a short preview period, the Apple Watch companion app is now available to everyone with the latest update to the Microsoft Authenticator app on iOS. The original story follows.

Microsoft Authenticator already has a presence on iOS and Android, and now it's preparing to expand to your wrist. Microsoft announced today (opens in new tab) that it is launching an Authenticator companion app on Apple Watch, allowing you to approve sign-ins without pulling your phone out of your pocket.

The app is currently available in a public preview via Apple's TestFlight program. Once set up, Microsoft Authenticator will relay notifications to approve logins to your Apple Watch. You can then approve sign-ins with a tap.

In terms of security, Microsoft explains that it still considers the watch setup to be a form of two-step verification because you have to unlock the Apple Watch with a PIN when you first put it on.

When you put the Watch on your wrist in the morning, you will need to unlock it. As long as you don't remove the Watch from your wrist and it stays within range of your phone, it will stay unlocked—so you don't need to provide your PIN again.

If you're curious, you can test out Microsoft Authenticator for Apple Watch with your Microsoft person, work, and school accounts by signing up for the TestFlight program (opens in new tab) now. As for a release timeline, Microsoft says it expects to release the app to general availability "within the next few weeks."

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

6 Comments
  • I so wanted this for the band 2.... wonder if they can get it up on fitbit devices as well as android wear.
  • Wait, what? I’ve been using this feature on my series 3 watch for months? This is new? It’s incredibly handy either way, been loving it. No need to unlock my phone and open an app
  • This came up for the first time on my Series 2 Watch yesterday--did nothing special to get it. Agreed, it's super-slick.
  • Yeah I've also been using this for months. Why is this suddenly announced as new?
    I don't get it. Reading the MS article, I wonder if the app directly approves the 2 factor now , instead of bouncing off the phone... not sure.
  • Yeah, not sure what the change is as I have been approving logins from my Apple Watch for over a year??
  • This would be awesome on my Fitbit Versa.