How to add password reset security information to your Microsoft account

Overview

You can add password reset security information to your Microsoft account (formerly "Windows Live ID") to help make your account more secure. If you forget your password, or if someone else tries to take over your account, you can use your security info to retrieve your account. Here's how:

  1. At accounts.live.com, sign in to your Microsoft account using the email address and password associated with the account.
  2. On your Account overview page, click Manage under Account security and next to Security Info. The Manage security info page will be displayed.
  3. On the Manage security info page, you can manage the following password reset security information:
    • Mobile phone: Receive text message codes to recover your account. You can register one or more mobile numbers.
    • Alternate email address: Receive password reset information at any alternate email address that you include. You can add more than one email address.
    • Trusted device: A trusted device is a computer that you normally use to sign in to Windows Live Services with your Microsoft account. Windows Essentials is required on any computer that you want to configure as a trusted device. If you don't have Windows Essentials, click the link above to install it. To set a computer as a trusted device:
      1. Go to accounts.live.com and sign in.
      2. Click on Security info.
      3. Send a security code to the alternate email address or phone number of your choice.
      4. Retrieve the code and enter it in the text box.
      5. Before you click Submit, check the box that says I sign in frequently on this device. Don't ask me for a code.

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