Two-Factor Authentication

Duo two-factor authentication adds a second layer of security to your myBama and email accounts. It requires two factors to verify identity. These factors include something you know – your username and password, and something you have – a phone or passcode, to authenticate and allow access to an account. Duo is required for all UA students and applicants. Duo is also required for most current UA faculty and staff. When Duo detects an anomaly in your login pattern, it will display a code on the screen the person is using to log in.

Duo Tutorials

We offer step-by-step instructions, videos and guides to help you activate and use Duo daily. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can you receive Duo notifications on your new device? We’ve got the answer to that question, and others. 

Duo Self Service

Don’t have your Duo registered device? No biggie. Retrieve Duo passcodes through our self-service portal. 

Authentication Options

There are several ways you can use Duo.

Push Notification

Once you’ve installed the Duo mobile app on your smartphone or tablet, you can select to receive a Duo notification. Open the notification, and you’ll see a green checkmark, and a red x. Simply tap the green checkmark to gain access. This is the easiest way to use Duo, and it’s the preferred option.


You can use the same Duo mobile app to generate passcodes. This option does not require wifi or data, so this is a great option if you’re traveling or if you have limited or no cell/internet service. Open your Duo mobile app, tap The University of Alabama logo and it will reveal a passcode. You can enter this passcode when you receive the Duo prompt. If you do not have your device with you, don’t worry. You can use our self-service page to generate temporary access codes to get into your myBama account. These passcodes can be entered in the Duo prompt on your computer.

Phone Call

Choose this option to receive a phone call on your mobile or landline phone. When you choose this option, Duo will call your phone, and you can press a key to gain access.

Get Started

Follow the steps below to begin using Duo, and view our tutorials for step-by-step guides.

Step 1 – Log into

Visit and log in with your myBama username and password. You’ll then be prompted to start the Duo setup process.

Step 2 – Start Duo Setup

If you choose mobile device, which is recommended, you will be prompted to enter your phone number, and choose the type of device (iPhone, Android, etc.)

Step 3 – Install & Activate Duo Mobile

DUO will walk you through how to download the mobile app for your device, but you can also access them directly at the links below.

Once you install the app, you will need to connect your device to your Duo account. You can do this by scanning a QR code with the app’s built in scanner, or Duo can send you an email. Follow the prompted instructions through the app.

You’re ready to use Duo!

With Duo activated on your account, and with your device enrolled, you are ready to use Duo. You can also check the box – Remember Me for 30 Days to only perform the authentication once a month on that device. Learn more about Duo on our tutorials page.