MFA-Duo - Sending a Push to Your Smartphone or Tablet

This document will explain how to use a smartphone or tablet for Multi-factor Authentication.

Before following these steps, make sure you've already registered your smartphone or tablet. Steps to do so can be found here: MFA-Duo - First Time Setup for Smartphone or Tablet.

  1. When prompted for MFA-Duo, select Send Me a Push.
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  3. Tap the Duo Mobile notification you receive on your device.

    Home Screen Notification

  4. Tap APPROVE to approve the login request. After doing so, the notification on your device will go away, and you should be successfully logged into the service requiring Duo Multi-factor Authentication.


    • Note: Tap DENY and then tap It seemed fraudulent if you ever receive a Duo Mobile push notification on your device that you aren't expecting.

See accessibility & usability information

We work with our users to address access and usability barriers in the MFA user experience. Learn details about known access barriers and workarounds at MFA-Duo - Accessibility & Usability Information. If you encounter a barrier or need assistance, please contact the DoIT Help Desk or call (608) 264-4357.  
If you would like to share your thoughts regarding the usability or accessibility of the MFA user experience, please use our Feedback Form. We appreciate your feedback. For questions regarding how to get access to the MFA mobile app contact the DoIT Help Desk at (608) 264-4357 or email 

How to get access to a Security Key or Duo Token/Fob 


Students can come to the DoIT Help Desk location at 1210 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53706 on the first floor of the Computer Science and Statistics Building. Students with disabilities can also request a token or security key at the McBurney Disability Resource Center, 702 W. Johnson St., Suite #2104, Madison WI 53751 on the 2nd floor.

Pop-up help desk locations will also be available in late September. Availability and locations will be posted soon. For questions contact the DoIT Help Desk at (608) 264-4357 or email 

Faculty, Staff, and Researchers

Employees can get access to devices for MFA at their Human Resources Office. For questions contact the DoIT Help Desk at (608) 264-4357 or email 

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Keywords:multi-factor multi factor dual two tablets smartphones authentications authenticates NetID logins cellular mobile android iOS   Doc ID:88926
Owner:Abrianna B.Group:Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
Created:2019-01-09 15:10 CDTUpdated:2019-08-20 15:19 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
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