Microsoft has added the ability to create a secure recovery code
, which can be used to regain access to your Microsoft account
if you lose access to your other security information. For example, if a hacker breaks into your account and starts making changes, or if you lose the phone on which you normally receive validation codes to sign in.
If you have enabled two-step verification
, it requires two verified pieces of security information, like a phone number and email address, it will be a rare occasion when both options fail, but in the event they do, you can use your recovery code to regain access to your Microsoft account.
Anybody can add a recovery code to their Microsoft account (even if you donít turn on two-step verification). Your recovery code is like a spare key to your house Ė so make sure you store it in a safe place.
You can only request one recovery code at a time; requesting a new code cancels the old one.
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This tutorial will show you how to set up or replace your recovery code
to use to regain access to your Microsoft account
if something goes wrong when verifying your account with validation codes from your other security info.