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How to Set up a Tablet for Two-Step Authentication

You can use a tablet for your authentication device. However, you must install Duo Mobile in order to do so. Duo Mobile lets you authenticate with push notifications  by simply tapping a button on your tablet or with generated passcodes.

Set up your tablet

  1. Open a browser and go to the Stanford Accounts page.

  2. Click Manage, authenticate if requested, and click the Two-Step tab.

  3. Click on Duo Central link.

    Image of two-step screen

  4. Authenticate.  You will be prompted for a second factor twice in order to access Duo Central—first by Stanford, then by Duo.

  5. Click Add a device.

    Image of add another device screen

  6. Select Duo Mobile.

    Image of what type of device are you adding screen

  7. The screen Enter your phone number appears. Choose I have a tablet at the bottom. 

    Image of screen to select tablet

  8. Follow the instructions on the Download Duo Mobile screen to install the Duo Mobile app, then click Next.

    Image of download Duo Mobile screen

  9. Activate Duo Mobile on your tablet. Choose one of these activation options:
    • Open the app on your smartphone, tap the + button, and use your tablet to scan the QR code on the Stanford Accounts page. If you scan the barcode, a checkmark indicates that it is scanned.
      Note: A sample barcode is shown here. You will get a unique barcode when you set up your smartphone with Stanford Accounts.
    • Click the link on the Get an activation link instead screen to have an activation link emailed to you.

    When Duo Mobile is activated, click Continue on the updated screen.

    Image of QR barcode screen

  10. Your tablet is added to Duo Central

Authenticate on your tablet

One method of authentication is available for tablets:

  • Duo app - push notification (recommended) — a push notification is sent to the device, and you can review the request and tap Approve to authenticate. Internet or cellular access is required to use this method.
Last modified January 18, 2024