Getting started with Two-Step Login
We recommend using push notifications with the Duo Mobile app on a mobile phone or tablet as your primary Two-Step Login method:
- Download the Duo Mobile app on your phone or tablet.
- Log in to the Account Center with your HawkID and password to set up and manage your Two-Step Login account.
- Follow the instructions to add your phone or tablet and set up Duo Mobile.
From the Account Center, you also can enroll another device or phone number as a backup method, generate backup codes, and more. See detailed instructions in this support article on how to manage your Two-Step profile and devices.
Follow the instructions below to set up and enroll in Two-Step Login for the first time or watch a how-to video below
Log into the Account Center with your HawkID and password.
If you're new to Two-Step Login, you'll see an information screen. Click "Set up Two-Step Login" to proceed.
Next you'll add the device or phone number you'd like to use to authenticate your logins—choose the option you prefer from the "Type" dropdown. We recommend using a mobile phone or tablet with the Duo Mobile app as your primary authentication method.
To add a mobile phone/tablet:
1. Enter a descriptive label for your device.
2. Enter your phone number if you like (you won’t need it if using the Duo Mobile app). Click “Continue.”
3. Follow instructions for setting up Duo Mobile. If you haven’t already installed the app on your device, install it now.
4. Open the Duo Mobile app and scan the QR code. (If you are working from the same mobile device you want to add, click the “Add Duo Account” button.)
5. Duo Mobile will create an account for your University of Iowa logins.
6. Click “Verify Duo Push” to send a push notification to Duo Mobile on the device you’re adding. Open Duo Mobile and click the green “Approve” button.
7. You’re now enrolled in Two-Step Login. You’ll use your device and the Duo Mobile app to verify your logins.
To add a landline phone number:
1. Enter a descriptive label for your phone number (for example, “home phone”).
2. Enter your phone number. Click “Continue.”
3. Click “Verify Phone Call.” Answer the call at the number you’ve provided and follow the voice prompts.
4. You’re now enrolled in Two-Step Login. You’ll verify your logins using calls to the number you’ve added.
Watch the video below to see how to enroll your device for use with the Duo Mobile app.