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Okta - How to Enroll [START HERE]

This article contains instructions on how to enroll in Okta.

What is Okta?

Okta Multi-factor Authentication is a security solution that offers more flexibility and an improved user experience when authenticating into campus applications. It provides an additional layer of protection to ensure that your account remains secure while also offering a smoother and more user-friendly login process.

Okta Verify Mobile Application Logo

[Section 1] Enroll in *Okta Verify

*Okta Verify is Okta's mobile application for Android and iOs devices. Your devices (computer and phone) must meet or exceed compatible operating system minimums (Windows 10, macOS 11, iOS 16, Android 9 or later versions of each).

    1. From a laptop or desktop computer browser, navigate to
    2. Enter your UWP Username or Email > Next.
    3. Enter your UWP Password > Verify.
    4. Click Set up.

      Okta Setup

      A QR code should appear in the browser window along with instructions to download the Okta Verify app for your mobile device.

      [Example Image - NOTE: The QR code depicted in the screenshot below is for example purposes only. Again, this is NOT the QR code you will use for your enrollment.]
      Screenshot image of Okta QR code

      [Section 2] Download/install the Okta Verify app on your mobile device

      Click on the appropriate link below to view instructions on how to download, install, and set up Okta Verify on your mobile device:

      Once the app is installed, follow these prompts to complete the set-up:

    5. On your mobile device, download and open the Okta Verify app from the App Store (iPhone and iPad) or Google Play (Android devices) and tap: 

      1. Get Started
      2. Next
      3. Add account
      4. Organization
      5. Skip
      6. Yes, Ready to Scan 

        Get Started, Next, Add Account, Organization, Skip, Yes Ready to Scan

    6. Allow the Okta Verify app to use your mobile device's camera to scan the QR code displayed on the separate device.

    7. Decline biometric authentication for your account. (UW-Parkside CTS does not provide support or storage for biometric authentication data or methods. This includes, but is not limited to: Face ID, Thumbprint scanners, Windows Hello, voice recognition software, and retinal/olfactory sensory devices).

    8. Setup an SMS capable phone number as a password recovery option*

    9. Setup a secondary email account as a password recovery option.* 

      *While these steps are technically optional, if you have not set up a secondary email account, smartphone, or other SMS capable mobile device as password recovery options, there will be no alternative email or phone number to receive password recovery links. It is highly recommended to establish one or, preferably, both for your account.  

      With these steps completed, you have successfully enrolled your device in Okta Verify. 

[Section 3] Install Okta Verify on a Laptop or Desktop

  1. Download/install Okta Verify:
  2. Setup Okta Verify:


Keywordsokta multifactor authentication password verify   Doc ID131944
OwnerLinda W.GroupUW Parkside
Created2023-10-06 09:19:47Updated2024-06-14 14:54:13
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