Activate Two-Step Verification: Choose a Device

Recommended combo: Smartphone (primary device), landline (back-up device)

TO ACTIVATE TWO-STEP VERIFICATION:

  1. Login to HarvardKey self-service (https://key.harvard.edu), ideally from your computer (not from the device you are setting up)
  2. Set up a primary device - for most, this will be a smartphone
  3. Set up a back-up device (optional, but highly recommended) to use if you forget or lose your primary device
    Your back up device can be a tablet, landline or basic cell phone, or another smartphone

Supported Browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer 11 or later, and Opera. 

You will not need to do anything to your computer(s).

For step-by-step set up instructions, choose a device from the list below or click here to print instructions.

Device Type

Authentication Methods

Recommended primary device
Set up a Smartphone >

Requires: 
Duo Mobile App

  • Duo Mobile push notification
  • Duo Mobile passcode
  • Text message
  • Phone call

Recommended back-up device
Set up a Landline/non-smartphone >

  • All phones
  • Phone call

Set up a Tablet >

Requires:
Duo Mobile App

  • Duo Mobile push noticiation
  • Duo Mobile passcode

Activate a Hardware Token >

Requires:
Token Hardware from HUIT
USB port

Does not work with mobile devices

  • Duo passcode

Add a back up device >

*Strongly recommended for all users

  • Duo Mobile push notification
  • Duo Mobile passcode
  • Text message
  • Phone call