Using 1Password as a 2FA authenticator

edited January 13 in Memberships

I have used 1Password for years and have only just discovered the incredibly handy ability to generate and auto-populate one time passwords. I have successfully set this up with logins requiring a one time password generated in Google Authenticator. Does this also work with Microsoft Authenticator, Symantec VIP Access and Defender Soft Token applications? If so, how can I generate a QR code to import into a 1Password login?

1Password Version: 7.6.785
Extension Version: 7.6.785
OS Version: Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
Sync Type: Dropbox


  • ag_tommyag_tommy

    Team Member


    I am not familiar with some of the types you mentioned. I would encourage you to reach out to each of the respective types for specific instructions on enabling or setting up two-factor authentication. One thing I know about Microsoft Authenticator is it can support time-based access codes, much like 1Password. That being said, you may be able to move it into 1Password. I would seek their support for specific instructions, as I would not want to give you incorrect information and get you locked out of an account.

  • Microsoft Authenticator holds different types of accounts: some generate a prompt for you to validate and you may want to leave these in Microsoft Authenticator for convenience; others just generate an industry standard six-digit TOTP code and can be moved to other authenticator apps, including 1Password. The safest option is to re-visit the website concerned, turn-off 2FA and then turn it on again using 1Password to generate the code. This way you can be sure it works and avoid locking yourself out.
    Symantec VIP Access provisions 2FA tokens in a non-standard way. I've seen online scripts for converting them to a standard TOTP based secret, but you need to trust the website owner not to harvest your credentials. Even Norton and PayPal have moved away from VIP Access and now support standard authenticator apps, so you may not need it any longer.

  • ag_anaag_ana

    Team Member

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us @missingbits :+1: Switching the 2FA method to TOTP is indeed the right option if you want to keep using 1Password as your authenticator.

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