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2FA: Enroll in Two-Factor Authentication


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Article Intended For

Penn State University employees, students, and other affiliates who need or wish to sign up for two-factor authentication (2FA).


If you're not required to enroll in 2FA because of the nature of your affiliation with the University (if you're enrolling in order to gain access to a specific application or to protect your own account), please note the following before you enroll:

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Decide which device(s) you wish to use for 2FA.

    • Note that Penn State STRONGLY URGES you to enroll at least two devices in case your preferred device is lost, stolen, disabled, or inaccessible.

    • If you would like to enroll a security key or Duo token, we recommend doing so only after first enrolling a different device.

    • To review your other options, see knowledge article What Devices and Methods Can I Use for Two-Factor Authentication?

  2. Click the appropriate link for instructions for enrolling the device you choose:

Smartphone: Enroll with the help of a laptop or desktop computer

Smartphone: Enroll from the phone itself

Cell Phone (Non-smartphone)


VoIP Phone

Touch ID

Tablet: Enroll with the help of a laptop or desktop computer

Tablet: Enroll from the tablet itself