Two step authentication

Last updated: 2017-10-17

My cell phone died.

I did not backup the phone, so I could restore its settings. Guess I’ll backup on the new one.

So how do I turn off Two step/factor authentication for the apps that has it turned on, so live without it until I get a new phone?

The apps where I want to turn it off – or at least its binding to a phone are:

  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Microsoft
  • Apple
  • WordPress

After reading through the resources below, it seems like it is not needed to remove 2 step authentication – but the Facebook Code Generator and the Google Authenticator app might be better to replace with SMS, so the phone don’t have the codes on the device, if the phone is lost.

Also you should go through list of sessions and apps granted access and revoke those accesses.




Turning off 2-Step Verification

  • In “Signing in & security” section of My Account, select 2-Step Verification. Sign in with your username, password, and verification code if asked.
  • Select Turn off 2-Step Verification.
  • A pop-up window will appear to confirm that you want to turn off 2-Step Verification. Select Ok.

You can remove your phone from

Recently used devices

You can remove your phonenumber as recovery phone on

First press “No thanks” to changing password

Through the questions you will eventually get to
Check your 2-Step Verification settings

To update your settings please visit the 2-Step Verification page.

From the link you can move Google Authenticator app to a new phone or change to receive codes by SMS


  • To turn two-step verification on or off
  • Go to the Security settings page, and sign in with your Microsoft account.
  • Under Two-step verification, choose Set up two-step verification to turn it on, or choose Turn off two-step verification to turn it off.
  • Follow the instructions.

Microsoft will send you SMS or email to allow you to do changes.




The end.

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