How to Turn Off Two Factor Authentication on PC or Mac
There just aren’t enough hours in the day.
That’s the modern conception of time management: how are you supposed to make time to cook dinner, exercise, spend quality time with family, and invest in your own self care when you’re bogged down by the minutiae of daily life?
It might seem silly to think of two factor authentication as taking a chunk out of your already limited time, but if you’re signing into your Apple or Microsoft account frequently, it might be doing just that.
Who Needs It?
Studies have found that many people don’t even understand what exactly two factor authentication is, despite the fact that they already use it every time they enter their PIN after swiping a debit card.
Still, if you have a strong password that you change frequently, you might be wondering why it’s necessary for you to provide a second form of authentication every time you want to sign into your account. You’re not alone—this frustrates a lot of people, which is why both Apple and Microsoft make it an easy function to disable.
Back to Basics
If you’re confident that you can maintain a high level of security without two factor authentication, turning it off will only take a matter of moments. On a Mac, just sign in to your Apple ID on a browser. Go to your security settings and click “edit.” There you’ll be able to turn off two factor authentication.
Turning off the function with Microsoft looks largely the same. You will have to sign in to your account, then find two factor authentication in your settings. You can simply click “turn off two step verification” under that heading.
It may only take a few extra seconds, but the time you save from turning off two factor authentication will eventually add up.