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Every organization knows that security is essential and needs to be solid. Nowadays, every organization enables MFA and thinks that they are protected and done. Well, hold your horses because that’s not the case. What if a user gets an MFA prompt and accidentally accepts it when clicking on it? That’s when show application name in Azure AD plays a role and makes MFA push notifications more secure. In this article, you will learn how to enable MFA application name in Microsoft Authenticator app for sign-in security purposes.

Enable Azure MFA

Configuring MFA in Azure/Microsoft 365 is a prerequisite, and there are two methods:

  1. Configure per-user MFA in Microsoft 365
  2. Configure Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication

Note: It’s recommended to configure Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication instead of per-user MFA.

Azure MFA application name

Show application name in push and passwordless notifications is a feature in Azure AD. When a user receives a passwordless phone sign-in or MFA push notification in Microsoft Authenticator, they’ll see the name of the application that requests the approval where the sign-in originated from.

Note: Azure MFA application name in Azure AD is flexible and can be targeted to a single user, multiple users, all users, and groups.

Let’s look at how to configure MFA application name and how it looks.

Enable Azure MFA application name

To enable application name in Azure AD, follow these steps:

Step 1. Sign in to Microsoft Azure Portal.

Step 2. Click on Menu > Azure Active Directory.

Azure MFA application name Azure Active Directory panel

Step 3. Click on Security.

Azure MFA application name security panel

Step 4. Click on Authentication methods.

Azure MFA application name authentication methods panel

Step 5. Click on Policies > Microsoft Authenticator.

Azure MFA application name Microsoft Authenticator policy

Step 6. Click on the Basics tab and configure the below settings:

Enable all users in Microsoft Authenticator settings

Step 7. Click on the Configure tab and configure the below settings for Show application name in push and passwordless notifications. Don’t forget to Save.

  • Status: Enabled
  • Target: Include – All users

Note: Two more features are available on the Microsoft Authenticator settings configure page. You should enable these features for security improvements.

Enable Azure MFA application name

Step 8. Confirm that Microsoft Authenticator shows the target that you have set and the status enabled.

Azure MFA application name Microsoft Authenticator enabled

In the next step, you will test that everything works as you expect.

Verify Azure MFA application name

To test that Azure MFA application name works, follow the below steps:

Sign in to Microsoft 365 portal.

Note: You need to have MFA enabled on the account you like to test and not sign in from a network that is excluded from MFA.

Azure MFA application name sign in to Microsoft Office portal

The approve sign in request message appears.

Azure MFA application name approve sign in request

The app name appears in the Microsoft Authenticator app to sign in. Tap on Approve.

Azure MFA app name shown to sign in

You will successfully sign in to the portal.

Microsoft Office portal signed in

That’s it! You successfully did configure MFA application name in Azure AD for the users.

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