Ever try to log into an application with multi-factor authentication, only to realize that your phone was dead? It is incredibly frustrating to realize you either need to find a phone charger or dig up your MFA recovery code just to check your email.

The problem is even worse for the app owner. When a user can't log in, they can't interact with your app. This can result in lower adoption, engagement, and money, especially for consumer-facing applications.

With the latest release of Universal Login, Auth0 can solve this problem with email as a backup MFA factor.


How Does it Work?

When a user tries to authenticate and is prompted for MFA, they can click try another method and select Email. Auth0 will then send an email to the user's verified email address with a one-time password, which they can use to authenticate.

There are a few prerequisites for email MFA:

Auth0 Management Dashboard showing Email MFA enabled

What about Email as the Only MFA Factor?

Currently, email MFA is only available as an optional backup multi-factor method. The user must have another method as the primary form of multi-factor authentication. Enabling email MFA as a standalone multi-factor method is on the Auth0 roadmap.

How Do I Get Started?

To try email MFA with the New Universal Login experience out, sign up for Auth0 for free and click on Multifactor Auth in the management dashboard. Follow these instructions for enabling Email MFA.

About Auth0

Auth0, the identity platform for application builders, provides thousands of customers in every market sector with the only identity solution they need for their web, mobile, IoT, and internal applications. Its extensible platform seamlessly authenticates and secures more than 2.5 billion logins per month, making it loved by developers and trusted by global enterprises. The company's U.S. headquarters in Bellevue, WA, and additional offices in Buenos Aires, London, Tokyo, and Sydney, support its global customers that are located in 70+ countries.

For more information, visit https://auth0.com or follow @auth0 on Twitter.