How to Download and Use the Duo Mobile App

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Duo Mobile is here to save your day if you are looking for safe access to work and personal cloud applications in one convenient app. 

The free Duo Mobile can supply two-factor authentication on any platform that supports Google Authenticator. The Duo Push feature provides authentication with a single tap. 

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All of that is great, but you do have to navigate through its complicated setup process. Read on to learn how to download and use the Duo mobile application.

How to Download and Use the Duo Mobile App
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What is Duo Mobile?

The Duo Mobile app is a free smartphone and tablet application that syncs with your USC 2FA account to provvide authentication. 

The app is necessary for the Duo Push authentication method to be applied and can be used to provide passcodes for offline authentication. 

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Duo Mobile is working with a two-factor authentication service from Duo Security to make logins more secure. For easy, one-tap authentication on your device, the application generates login passcodes and push notifications.

In addition, for other applications and web services that use passcodes, you can use Duo Mobile to handle two-factor authentication. For Duo accounts, you need to activate and connect Duo Mobile to your account before it works. 

As part of the Duo enrollment process, you will receive an activation link. You can, at any time, add third-party accounts

Moreover, it will request access to use your camera for the  purpose of scanning QR codes as you activate accounts.

What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication gives online accounts a second layer of protection. Even if they know your password, checking your identity using a second factor prevents others from logging in to your account.

How It Works

The three steps to stronger authentication are as follows.

  1. Enter the username and password as usual.
  2. Use your phone to verify your identity.
  3. Securely log in.

You’re good to go once you’ve enrolled in Duo. Using your username and password, you can log in as usual, and then use your device to confirm that it is you.

How to Download and Use the Duo Mobile App

How to Download the Duo Mobile App

Before you start, you will need your password for your device’s app store to download Duo Mobile.

The app needs about 30.8 MB on an iPhone while 32 MB of internal storage on an Android device (device varies).

Android (Smartphone or Tablet)

Note that your device must have a Duo-supported version of Android. You also need a consumer Gmail account associated with your Android device to launch the Google Play Store app. 

With Google Play, you can not use your U-M Google email account. Also, you can ignore the request for a credit card if you are asked.

  1. Launch the Google Play Store app on your Android smartphone or tablet.
  2. Look for “Duo Mobile.”
  3. Tap Install.

iOS (iPhone or iPad)

  1. On an iPhone, launch the App Store, or on an iPad, tap iPhone Apps at the top of the screen. Note: Your device must be on a Duo-supported version of iOS.
  2. Search for “Duo Mobile.”
  3. Tap Get and then Install to download the app.

Windows Phone

  1. Search for “Duo Mobile” in the Windows Store.
  2. Tap Install to install the app. Note: Your device must be on a Duo-supported version of Windows Phone.

Bottom Line

A little tech can go a long way in keeping your information safe. With Duo Push’s more reliable form of two-factor authentication enabled by Duo Mobile, you can log in quickly and easily while knowing your data is secure. 

Users can verify their identity with the singular-tap, user-friendly Duo interface by authorizing push alerts before accessing applications. Duo will automatically refuse unfamiliar login attempts and notify you. 

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