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Set Your Default Two-Step Device and Automatic Authentication

How to set your default device and select automatic authentication for Two-Step Login

This article applies to: Two-Step Login


Set Your Default Device

These options can be set in the Manage Your Two-Step Login My Settings & Devices window.

Your default device will be the first one listed in the authentication window. 

  1. Go to Manage Your Two-Step Login.
  2. Select Manage Devices (below the list of your currently enrolled devices). 
  3. You will be prompted to authenticate through CUWebLogin.  Enter your NetID and Password, and select Login.
  4. Two-Step login will prompt you to confirm using a push, phone call, or passcode.
  5. After you have logged in, the My Settings & Devices window will appear.
  6. In the Default Device dropdown menu select the device you want.
  7. Select Save.
You cannot set a hardware token to be your default device.

Automatic Authentication Method (Optional but Recommended)

You can set Two-Step Login to always use the same approach for the second step of logging in. You won't need to confirm your device selection or pick the authentication method.  If you need to use a different device or type of login, you can cancel the automatic process.

Setting an automatic authentication method also makes it easier to use two-step login on non-web-based apps, so we recommend setting one up.

If you enable automatic authentication, you will need to select Cancel at the bottom right of the authentication prompt before you can select the remember me for 24 hours checkbox.
  1. Go to Manage Your Two-Step Login.
  2. Select Manage Devices (below the list of your currently enrolled devices).
  3. You will be prompted to authenticate through CUWebLogin.  Enter your NetID and Password, and select Login.
  4. Two-Step login will prompt you to confirm using a push, phone call, or passcode.
  5. After you have logged in, the My Settings & Devices window will appear.
  6. In the When I Log In dropdown menu select the automatic contact method you prefer.
  7. Select Save.

For more information about setting your default device and automatic authentication, see Default Authentication Options in Duo Security's Managing Your Devices.

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