Registering and managing your devices for Duo multi-factor authentication

You can register any smart device capable of installing the Duo Mobile app for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Please use a computer or separate device to register and have your authentication device handy to complete the registration process. A stable network connection (WiFi or data) is recommended. 


Register a device for the first time

  1. On your computer, navigate to any Duo MFA login page (i.e. CAESAR for students, myHR for faculty/staff), and log in with your NetID and password.
  2. You will see a message, "Welcome to Duo Security", click Get started. Note that once you start the registration process, you cannot stop!
  3. Select the type of device you would like to set up. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to configure your device to accept authentication prompts.


Manage your Duo devices

  1. On your computer open an incognito window
  2. Log in to NUValidate at 
  3. In the DUO Authentication prompt, Click Other options.

  1. Click Manage devices.

  1. You will be directed to authenticate with a registered Duo device. 
    • If you have no functioning registered Duo device, you may need to contact Northwestern University IT for assistance.

Prepare for Verified Push

Add a new device

  1. Click on the Add a device tile.

  1. Select your desired authentication method and follow the on-screen prompts to configure your new device. Once complete, the new device should show as a separate tile on your Devices dashboard.

Register a new phone with an existing number

  1. Wait for the authentication request to time out, or click I have a new phone.
  2. Click Text me a link to receive an SMS activation URL.

      3. On your phone, tap the link to open Duo Mobile to reactivate the profile.

Remove a device

  1. On the upper right-hand corner of the device you would like to remove, click Edit.
  2. Click Delete. If you only have one device registered, the option to delete will not be visible.
  3. Click Delete again to confirm the removal of the device tile.



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