Having a secure password for all your accounts is very important. Even if your current password is strong, it’s a good idea to change from time to time. By doing this, you’ll help keep not only your Microsoft account secure but all of your accounts. Please keep reading to see how you can change your Microsoft account password when you know the password and when you’ve forgotten it.
How to Reset Your Microsoft Account Password
Just because you change your password, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s because you forgot it. Maybe you had to give it to someone for some reason and want to change it for security reasons. To change your Microsoft account password when you know what the password is is easy.
To reset it, sign in to your Microsoft account. Click on your profile picture, followed by My Microsoft account.
Scroll down until you reach Security. You must have your information up to date since you’re going to need to access your account if you ever forget your password. Since you’re accessing sensitive information, Microsoft is going to ask you to enter your password again.
Once you’ve entered it, you’ll be in the Security section. Under the Security basics section, click on Password security. You can also click on the Change my password option.
After you click on this option, click on the option that partially shows your phone number. After that, Microsoft will ask you to enter the last four digits of your phone number. If the last four digits match, you’ll get the four-digit code as a text message. Enter the code and click on the blue verify button.
You’ll need to enter your current password and below your new password twice to confirm. You’ll also see an option for Microsoft to remind you to change your password every 72 days. Whether you check this option or not is up to you. Once you’ve entered your current and new password, click on the blue Save button.
In the next step, Microsoft will ask you to enter your new password. After that, at the top, you’ll see the date of the last time you updated your password. To the right, you’ll see if the two-step verification is enabled or not.
By resetting your password now and then, you help keep your Microsoft account safe. But, don’t worry if you completely forgot your password. Not all is lost. There is a way you can recover your Microsoft account with the least amount of hassle.
How to Recover Your Microsoft Account
You have no idea what your password is and want to recover your Microsoft account. In that case. Try signing in to your Microsoft account and when you’re asked to enter your password, click on the Forgot password option.
Just like before, Microsoft is going to need to verify our identity. For example, if you have a phone number as a way for Microsoft to confirm your identity, click on it. Type the last four digits of your phone number and click on the blue Get code button. Enter the code and click on the Next button. Until resetting your password, you won’t be asked to type your old password since you don’t know what it is. You’ll only need to type the new password and click on the Next button.
Next, you’ll see a message letting you know that the security info has been updated. It’ll also show you a summary of what you’ve done, and it’ll say you’ve changed your password. All you have to do now is click on the blue Sign in button to test your new password.
Type the email you used to sign up with and click on the blue Next button. Enter your new password. If you have the two-step verification set up, you’ll need to go through that first.
When changing your password on any account, you must create a strong password if you want to keep your account secure. Please don’t use your dog’s name or your address. Make sure it’s something with upper and lower case letters. Don’t forget to include special characters as well. How secure do you think your current password for your accounts is? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
This post was written by Judy Sanhz and was first posted to Technipages
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