Set up two-step login with an authenticator app

bitwarden supports two-step login by using a third-party authenticator app such as Authy or Google Authenticator.

Enable Two-step Login with Authenticator App

Warning

Two-step login can permanently lock you out of your account. It is very important that you write down and keep your two-step login recovery code in a safe place in the event that you lose access to your authenticator app.

  1. Log in to the web vault at https://vault.bitwarden.com
  2. Click Settings on the sidebar. Click Two-step Login in the sub-menu that opens under Settings.
  3. Select the Authenticator option and then type in your master password to continue.
  4. Follow the steps that appear
    • Download an authenticator app (usually on your mobile device). We recommend Authy.
    • Scan the QR code with the app.
    • Enter the verification code from the app.
  5. Click the Enable button. A green alert will appear at the top stating that two-step login has been enabled.
  6. Click the Close button and confirm that the Authenticator option now shows as Enabled.

Test

  1. IMPORTANT: Ensure that you have copied down your two-step login recovery code in case something goes wrong.
  2. Log out of the bitwarden web vault.
  3. Log back into the bitwarden web vault. You should now be prompted with an authenticator two-step login option.
  4. Authenticator protection works with all bitwarden applications (web, mobile, desktop, browser). Log out of and back in to any other bitwarden applications that you are using to confirm that two-step login via authenticator app is properly working. You will eventually be logged out automatically.

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