Microsoft Authenticator app for Apple Watch discontinued;  Here are the best alternatives

Microsoft Authenticator app for Apple Watch discontinued; Here are the best alternatives

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As previously announced, Microsoft has discontinued support for the Microsoft Authenticator app on the Apple Watch. The company blamed the move on watchOS being “incompatible with Authenticator’s security features.” However, there are a few other options for Apple Watch users…

Last December, Microsoft announced plans to remove the Apple Watch authenticator app. The app has now been completely removed from the App Store, as discovered by a MacRumors Drive. As Microsoft points out, this change will not affect the authenticator app on the iPhone.

Here’s what Microsoft said when announcing the decision to retire the Apple Watch app in December:

The upcoming January 2023 release of Authenticator for iOS will not have a watchOS companion app because it is not compatible with Authenticator’s security features. This means you cannot install or use Authenticator on the Apple Watch. So we recommend that you remove Authenticator from your Apple Watch. This change only affects the Apple Watch, so you can continue to use Authenticator on your other devices.

Alternatives to Microsoft Authenticator for the Apple Watch

As some people on Reddit have pointed out, the Microsoft Authenticator app for Apple Watch has been unreliable for years. However, there are a few two-factor app alternatives worth considering along with the dedicated Apple Watch apps.

However, note that the Microsoft Authenticator app itself is the only app that supports enterprise login approval for Microsoft 365 and Azure. This means that if you use these Microsoft services in a corporate environment, you cannot completely forgo your reliance on the Microsoft Authenticator app.

Do you have a favorite two-factor app for iPhone and Apple Watch? Do you use Apple’s own password manager for two-factor authentication? Let us know in the comments.

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