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Duo Mobile

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Duo Mobile

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User Reviews for Duo Mobile

Works perfect BUT new users please read my advice:

This works perfectly fine to enable 2 factor authentication for school or business. However I’ve seen some upset user stories so I want to share this piece of advice: Compartmentalize Work, School, Personal authentication apps. Once you have duo downloaded it might be tempting to point your personal accounts to duo for convenience but remember your duo enterprise or uni account isn’t reliable for personal use as you are not the account owner. Microsoft, LastPass, Google just to name a few all have 2 factor apps. Download one of them and keep your personal life separate from business. To those that have “new phone” horror stories, I’d personally recommend an authenticator with cloud backup support. Such as Microsoft Authenticator. (Not affiliated with MSFT but their app works well for me.)

AppleUserSince2004, May 24, 2021
Employees need some control

*** Please read MORAL implicationsI am not writing to critique the app itself as I just downloaded the app. A small background, I work for a company who now require this specific app to be downloaded on our personal phones, or we will have "resigned" from the company.My immediate problem with the app is it gives all control to the company, including the control to direct the app to change my phone, and no ability to turn off the app while not at work.I feel if the app is being forced on employees by employers to save them money, it should be a "moral" obligation on the part of the developer to give the employee (owner of the phone) some control over the app and how it may function on the phone. But instead, that area is turn off to the employee and total control is granted to the employer.In my case there is no on/off toggle where the app could be shut down while not needed to perform work functions, and thus reducing the employer's ability to mis-use the app on your phone on your personal time.Please consider the MORAL obligation to allow the person who is being forced to use your app to have some control how it will be used on their own personal phones. Not everyone works for company that are completely trustworthy. Just because the company made the agreement with you, should not automatically eliminate all rights employee may have over their own personal property, nor give 100% control to the employer over a non-company own phone.

indiindianarl, Oct 22, 2020
Adds a certain spice to life

Ever buy a new phone? Break your old one? Or worst of all, lose it? Well thanks to Duo, you can say goodbye to all your passwords as well!Once you redownload Duo, every account you had linked to the old app is totally unrecoverable! You cannot link your new duo app to your old iteration. This means that locked behind a shattered screen or somewhere in the back of an AT&T store, your old 2FA is permanently locked. You get to reset every single 2FA you’ve ever used now! Use duo for coinbase? I hope you love emailing them your driver’s license and waiting a week to get back in to your account! Use duo for school? Endless late and missed assignments await as you hope IT responds to your email! Does your boss make you use duo? You might as well pack up your desk now. That’s right, I want to fully reiterate this: when you redownload duo, you lose every single linked account’s 2FA and have absolutely no way whatsoever of regaining it! And that is *by design, it is an intentional choice by the company!* My life was far, far too easy before duo came into it. Now, it’s exciting! Whether I’m unable to perform basic tasks at school, kept out of my employee accounts, or locked out of my personal savings, I’m always unsure in what way duo will attempt to ruin my life next. It’s like the brisk of a bright spring morning, you never know what’ll happen next. Thanks, duo!

Isthistaken484, Feb 11, 2022
Endless Cycle of frustration

The Duo Mobile app is realistically one of the largest stressors I have experienced in my life. Upon getting a new phone I was unable to access any of my school work/grades/tax information for months. If you need to get a new device it requires that you verify the new device with your old device, but for many people when a new device is purchased they no longer have access to their old device. Their “help” support staff is among one of the worst of its kind (which is saying something). It took me approximately 6 hours to recover my accounts.Moving on to normally logging in the process is arduous and frankly broken. I have no way to remove my old phone number as the primary verification. There is a “click to accept” box to remain logged in for 24 hours on the login page, although you must be verified to click the box, and upon verification you are immediately redirected away from the page. The system is inherently broken. Yes calling may be faster than scrolling through all your texts looking for old verification codes, but I should NOT have to receive a phone call or spend minutes searching my texts simply to do economics homework.If you are an administrator considering using this app, please find some other service. Using duo mobile will cause your employees/students immense stress and disdain against your organization.

Lphilliieswc08, Aug 19, 2021
Got a new phone, now I can't log onto my university account

This is the worst app I've ever used. Absolutely unnecessary and difficult. I've put up with it until now, but I can no longer sit silent. I recently got a new phone and in oder to reconnect duo to my university I need to log into my university account. But in order to log into my university account I need to verify it through duo. So obviously through this very dumb circle I can no longer log into my university account on my phone. Duo does offer verification though my old phone, but guess what? I no longer have that phone so it is absolutely impossible for me to verify my account through my old phone. I sincerely hope my university stops using this app as this is the worst experience I've ever had. All I want to do is be able to check my grades on my phone and I'll never be able to do that. And soon my 120 day access will run out on my labtop and I will no longer be able to access my school account which contains my grades, classroom, assignments, and more as I cannot verify my university account through duo. Making it virtually impossible to have access to my school account all because I got a new phone. This is the WORST app and experience I've ever had.

QueenBee2121212121, Apr 11, 2021
My school forced me to use this

No one cares about me enough to try to hack me. The much bigger risk is that I forget my password and lose access to my accounts! This is happened to me many times because of these stupid mandatory changes and is WAY WORSE HARMFUL than the risk of actually being hacked. These “security features” make simple services a PAIN. And they commonly LOCK YOU OUT OF YOUR OWN ACCOUNT. I changed my phone number recently, and this has caused me to get LOCKED OUT of many basic services that require these stupid “two factor authentication” YEARS worth of information GONE because of “Security” What a joke! Also, why should I trust YOU with m my information? Because I DON’T, and I should have the right to NOT give it to you!Many services now make me change my password and use special characters which means I’m much more likely to forget it, losing all of my information! Stop forcing people to use these. They don’t make you safer, they just make your life more annoying and more likely to lose your information due to you forgetting your needlessly complicated password. Listen to the people.I wish I could give you and companies like you 0 stars but I can’t

Rose Mulet's Biggest Fan, May 03, 2021
Handles an annoying task with aplomb

I hate the time required to perform two-factor authentication, and so was dreading when my institution began to require it. I was pleasantly surprised that the Duo app handles this task rapidly, much more so than any other app-based or text-based method I’ve used. Usually within about 2 seconds, I can approve a request with a single tap of my Apple Watch (the notification includes an “approve” button) or via two taps of my phone. I wouldn’t hesitate to switch to this system for any other account I use.EDIT: looking in another review, it appears that I could also be quickly approving with a single swipe or 3D-touch and tap from my phone. Perhaps a brief blurb instructing this within the app would be helpful because I would have been doing so all along!

scoopster, Jun 25, 2020
The app works fine, it's on the users

I just want to say that my experience with Duo started out a tad rocky, but very quickly got better. I have gone through 2 phones, and helped my friend set up his new one and had no problems. The issues people are running into are that they're not setting up a secondary form of authentication. I use push notifications to authenticate, but when I replaced my phone, I just had duo call me to authenticate and I was in my accounts in seconds. I was then able to add my new phone to duo. If y'all just dig a little into the settings, you'll find everything you need. The company is giving you the tools for not only using your current device, but also very quickly adding new ones, even when your old one is out of commission. Use those tools, and you'll be fine. An authenticator app shouldn't be easy to bypass. That's the point of 2-factor authentication. Learn the app, and you’ll succeed

Snakestar, Oct 26, 2021
The App that Ruined Online Communication

Look, I admit that I am not an IT security expert, but I have had compromised emails that security technicians were able to secure in moments. On the other hand, Duo has greatly reduced my emailing efficiency for the sake of security I do not need. It seems that they do not actually make a profit by marketing to individuals, but to institutions that choose to invest without surveying their own workers (insert the name of most universities in the US). This app prevents you from doing basic things with your email account if you do not open and use their app. It is literally an app that is made solely to promote itself at the expense of its investors. If you can avoid it, do not download this app. If you have not choice but to download it, let it do its thing to frustrate you, then write a review and communicate with your employer/institution. From my perspective, this is a parasitic application that is blindly invested in by people who don’t fully understand (or need to understand) what it actually is or does. If I could put negative stars on my rating, I would. I hate this app with a passion and I hope that enough people will respond to it as I am now, soon.

Stauffages, Jun 16, 2021
Misplaced blame

After reading the negative reviews, I’ve come to the conclusion that people seriously need to take a moment to understand HOW 2FA works, WHERE and WHAT the roles/responsibilities lie and are for each vendor (eg Coinbase vs Duo), and WHY 2FA is important. Is the app perfect? No. Does it work well for what it was designed to do? Yes. Can it be improved? Yes. Here is my wishlist to improve the usability of the app, hopefully the devs are reading! (1) I have well over 50 tokens (many from the same service), please introduce folders or a way to organize/group tokens. (2) Allow for custom icons instead of restricting it to just the ones you’ve decided to include; this would also help me find tokens more quickly. (3) Allow for token access from a widget on the lock screen (either display passcode or tap to immediately open the token in the app).

Stuball80, Aug 12, 2020


Duo Mobile works with Duo Security's two-factor authentication service to make logins more secure. The application generates passcodes for login and can receive push notifications for easy, one-tap authentication on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. Additionally, you can use Duo Mobile to manage two-factor authentication for other application and web services that make use of passcodes.

Note: For Duo accounts, Duo Mobile needs to be activated and linked to your account before it will work. You will receive an activation link as part of Duo's enrollment process. You may add third-party accounts at any time. License agreements for third-party Open Source libraries used in Duo Mobile can be found at https://www.duosecurity.com/legal/open-source-licenses.

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