SharePoint: Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) for added security

Updated on
January 12, 2023

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Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security measure that requires users to provide two forms of identification in order to access their accounts. This helps protect against unauthorized access, as it makes it more difficult for attackers to gain access to an account. Microsoft SharePoint offers 2FA as an additional security measure for users. This technical reference guide outlines the steps for enabling 2FA in Microsoft SharePoint.

Step 1: Sign in to the Microsoft 365 admin center

To enable 2FA in Microsoft SharePoint, you will need to sign in to the Microsoft 365 admin center. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Microsoft 365 admin center website (
  • Enter your email address and password, and then click the "Sign In" button.

Step 2: Enable 2FA for your account

Once you have signed in to the Microsoft 365 admin center, you can enable 2FA for your account. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Click on the "Settings" icon in the top right corner of the screen, and then click "Security & Privacy."
  • In the "Authentication methods" section, click the "Set up" button next to Two-Factor Authentication.
  • Follow the prompts to set up a 2FA method (e.g. SMS messages or an authenticator app).

Step 3: Set up 2FA for your organization (Optional)

If you are an administrator for your organization's Microsoft SharePoint account, you can also set up 2FA for all users in your organization. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Microsoft 365 admin center at
  • Select Show All, then select the Azure Active Directory Admin Center.
  • Select Azure Active Directory, and then Properties, and then select Manage Security defaults.
  • Under Enable Security defaults, select Yes and then Save.

Enabling 2FA is an important security measure that can help protect your Microsoft SharePoint account against unauthorized access. By following the steps outlined in this technical reference guide, you can enable 2FA for added security in Microsoft SharePoint.