Two-Step Setup Instructions

Please read Two-Step Login Overview before beginning these steps.

To set up two-step login, you must "enroll" the device(s) you want to use for secondary verification. Before you begin the enrollment process, decide which option you want to use. If you're not sure which option is best for you, check with the IT Service Desk at (207) 725-3030 or x3030.

  • Preferred: Option 1: Use the Duo Mobile App - Download the free Duo Mobile app. It is available for Apple iOS (including Apple Watch), Google Android, Windows Mobile 8.1 and 10. 
  • Option 2: Receive a text message - This option will work on any phone or device that can receive text (SMS) messages. No downloads or installations are required.
  • Option 3: Receive a phone call - This option is supported on all phones including land-lines.

To begin the enrollment process

1. Log in to

2. At the Protect Your Bowdoin College Account screen, click Start setup or Setup (depending on the screen shown).


3. Continue the enrollment process using the steps in the Enrollment Guide. The screens in the Enrollment Guide use a fictional company called Acme to guide you through each step. Two-step login is called "two-factor authentication" in the Enrollment Guide, they are different terms for the same thing.

4. When you finish enrolling one device, follow the instructions for enrolling a second device as a backup.

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