How do I setup my YubiKey?

How do I add my YubiKey to a service directly?

Please see our setup page here for instructions, or follow the steps below. The YubiKey works directly out of the package. There is no need for installation of softwares or drivers for the YubiKey to work, as it is entirely up to the service provider to implement support for the YubiKey. Therefore, the set-up instructions differ from service to service. In the step-by-step instructions below we have covered the basics of registering your YubiKey with a service that supports the protocols Yubico OTP, U2F and WebAuthn/FIDO2.


The process of adding a YubiKey is easiest done by using a computer. We recommend you to set up your main YubiKey, as well as your Spare Key, at the same time (although not required).

  1. Have your YubiKey(s) handy. 
  2. Login to the service (i.e. websites and apps) you want to protect with your YubiKey. Make sure the service has support for security keys. 
  3. Find the account settings of the service and then look for security. From there you should be able to find an option for 2FA/MFA, or adding security keys. As stated above, this process can differ between services. 
  4. Follow the instructions given by the service provider. 
  5. Register your primary YubiKey and spare key.

You can find more tailored guides on how to set your YubiKey up via our Works with YubiKey Catalog. Search for the service you want to add an extra layer of protection to, click it and you’ll be forwarded to that service’s individual catalog page. Here you can read more about the service’s compatibility with YubiKeys. Please find the green button Get setup instructions and you’ll be linked to a tailored guide on how to set the YubiKey up as 2FA, provided by the service, directly.

How do I use my YubiKey with the Yubico Authenticator?

The Yubico Authenticator app allows you to store your credentials on a YubiKey (and not on your phone/computer) so that your secrets cannot be compromised. The Yubico Authenticator App requires a YubiKey 5 Series to generate OTP codes. More information on the Yubico Authenticator app can be found here and for information on how to use your YubiKey with authenticator codes, please see here.


You can download the Yubico Authenticator here

How do I login to my computer with a YubiKey? 

You can use a YubiKey to protect data with secure access to computers. We have a range of computer login choices for organizations and individuals. Please follow this link for an in-depth setup guide for your preferred computer login tool. Please note that if you want to use a YubiKey to login to a Windows or Mac computer, a Key from the YubiKey 5 series is needed.