How to Use 1Password as Your 2FA App

One of our absolute favorite features of 1Password is the ability to be able to share 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) codes.

A lot of small businesses are reluctant to turn on 2FA for a number of reasons… Most don’t want to turn on two-factor because they are sharing accounts and passwords with their team members – and sending a code every time someone logs in is such a hassle – we get it!

The good news is: if you’re sharing passwords with team members in 1Password, you can also share your 2FA codes! How cool is that?!

How to Set up 2FA in 1Password

First, you’ll need to use 1Password to login to the website you want to set up 2FA. Once there, navigate to the security page for setting up two-step verification. For this example we’ll set up 2FA in my Amazon account. Once you head to the security settings and choose to enroll in 2FA, a QR code will be displayed.

Once you’re on the page showing the QR code:
1. Click the 1Password browser extension icon.
2. Choose the correct account if multiple are showing.
3. Click on the little 3 dots in the right hand corner of the correct account.
4. Click Scan QR Code.

If you are successful, you’ll see a one-time password in 1Password, like so:

Enter the code on the page, and click continue to save your 2FA Setup!

Having trouble scanning the code? 

You can also enter a string of letters and numbers instead. In my case, I’m going to click “can’t scan the barcode” and copy the key, or the string of letters and numbers. 

Once you copy this, head to 1Password, choose the correct account again, and click edit this time. It will probably open up your 1Password account in a new window in your browser or open the 1Password app on your desktop.

Under Security, you’ll see the option to “add a field”. Click here and choose, One-Time Password.

You’ll then be prompted to enter the code from the website into your 1Password app: 

Make sure to hit save, and then enter your code on the website to save and verify your 2FA set up. 

That’s it!

This 2FA code will be shared as long as the password is shared – no need to resend to any team mates! If you haven’t already shared the account with your team members, you can do so as you normally would and the 2FA code will be shared automatically. When logging into a website, the 2FA will auto populate, just like a password would.

Have any questions? Feel free to shoot us an email at [email protected]

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